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Hot X: Algebra Exposed! Paperback – June 28, 2011
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She rejects the notion that excelling in algebra is all about natural gift. Rather, it's about determination and making an effort.
While the sex-appeal of the book might be in question, ultimately this is a book broken down into straightforward language, easy charts and memorable reminders of the process of algebra.
Additionally, you'll find motivating stories from youthful female adults who've struggled with math, but learned to conquer their struggles.
Danica proclaims. "I'm here to tell you that giving up on ourselves because of our own stereotypes and limited imaginations is a far more destructive force than any challenge or obstacle 'out there,'"
One bonus in the book is the inclusion of good tables and charts. These can be worth the price of the book alone. These succinctly explain the meaning of math terms such as fractions, coefficients and variables.
A surprising aspect of the book is the authors inclusion of advice on how to choose the right guys to date. While she doesn't provide a mathematic formula for this it does seem she dispenses some basic common sense.
Here is the deal -daughter literally sucked at math in Jr. High and High School. Lucky for her she had a bf who helped her to survive. Fast forward 10 years, no jobs in her carrier. She took advanced math to get into her new program and Aced the class by memorization -- saying I still do not understand what I am doing. Her new carrier path requires her to understand important formulas for prescribing the right amount of drugs to seriously ill folk.
When these books arrived, she rolled her eyes thinking Dad is wasting his money getting her books dealing with Pre Algebra.... Yet within 24hours she told me that for the first time she is understanding math. In the past few weeks she has repeated how grateful she is not simply to memorize how to do formulas, but to understand the math. While my daughter is about 30, she met another woman, age 40, in her medical math class who told her the same thing - these books helped her to also finally "get" important stuff she never learned.
At last, a book that teaches middle-school students and their parents in simple terms how to solve quadratic equations by completing the square and to solve the quadratic equation in standard form in X (ax^2 + bx + c = 0) to come up with the quadratic forumla. Most colleges and high schools do not teach this -- they just expect the student to know it.
The charter school I support plans to use Hot X: Algebra Exposed in concert with the first two books to ensure most or all Grade 8 students attain an A (93 or higher) in Algebra I.
Danica McKellar needs to continue writing math books. Since these are such outstanding books, few state departments of education will adopt them for use, which means parents, other major care givers, and supportive businesses will have to come up with the funds to help schools with the purchase of these books.Read more ›
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I bought this for my 13 year old niece who hates math. She actual read this book from cover to cover! She enjoyed Hot X: Algebra Exposed! by McKellar, Danica. Read morePublished 15 days ago by LadyWalker
This is an excellent book. Ms. McKellar's simple and fun way of explaining a tough subject helped me pass the COMPASS test. I only wish she had a college algebra book as well.Published 27 days ago by Fuzzy Lizard
My daughter now has all of the books in this series, and loves reading them, just for fun! Math is no longer a chore, and check is eager to learn. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Cynical
Like it but they need to read. This is an original way to present Math.Published 2 months ago by oc0007
Purchased all her Math books. Books do not explain simple problems. Goes straight into hard ones and doesn't give many examples.Published 2 months ago by letty pena