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Making Algebra Come Alive: Student Activities and Teacher Notes (Making Mathematics Come Alive!) Paperback – July 21, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0761975977 ISBN-10: 0761975977 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Making Mathematics Come Alive!
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (July 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761975977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761975977
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,432,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alfred S. Posamentier is professor of mathematics education and dean of the School of Education at the City College of the City University of New York. He has authored and co-authored several resource books in mathematics education for Corwin Press.

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Alfred S. Posamentier (River Vale, NJ) is the dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He was formerly the dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at the City College of New York. He has published over forty-five books in the area of mathematics and mathematics education, including The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty; Math Charmers: Tantalizing Tidbits for the Mind; and (with Ingmar Lehmann) Mathematical Amazements and Surprises; The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers; and Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number.

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Making Algebra Come Dead is more like it. Let's face it: is there anything new in it? I've seen them all already. I don't like the author's presentation of the topics; it feels more of a chore reading them than a fun activity. In the beginning, he introduces the concept of friendly numbers and how fun it is for the students. Yeah...let's talk about reality. How often are the students going to see them in real life? Fibonacci numbers? Diophantine equations? Numbers of different bases? I know it's all recreational math, but a lot of students doesn't care about all of that. They are looking at the clock more than the clock arithmetic. Finally, there is a conflict of memory storage. How much is too much to store in? It's funny that after some recreational math is introduced, the teacher will be eventually thinking, "Wow, now I am behind the schedule, and I gotta teach them how to do square root equations before next week baseline test." Some topics (i.e., linear programming, statistics, and Venn diagrams) are already covered in the curriculum because they are mandatory. That is a waste of a space in the book. Throughout the book, the author makes a shameless sales promotion by referencing to Making Pre-Algebra Come Dead, so the readers will be seemingly forced to buy it and then to put all the information together with the current book. All in all, Making Algebra Come Dead is a good idea, but I would have preferred better and more interesting topics such as Instant Insanity and the Chinese Remainder Theorem.
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