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About the Author

W. Michael Kelley is an award-winning math teacher and the author of seven math books including The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems and The Humongous Book of Algebra Problems. Mr. Kelley is also the founder and editor of calculus-help, which helps thousands of students every month conquer their math anxiety.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. Michael Kelley taught high school mathematics for seven years before leaving to work at the University of Maryland College Park Education College. After serving as the Director of Teacher Preparation at the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence for nearly 10 years, he now works for Laureate Education, developing online coursework for colleges and universities.

His life goal is to make math hurt less.

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118 of 125 people found the following review helpful By R. Aubry on October 12, 2009
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I used this book in conjunction with the Jurgenson and Brown Geometry textbook this summer to tutor a student who needed to pass an entrance exam in geometry so that he could take Algebra II next semester. He passed with a 95.

I'm a math teacher and tutor, and own the entire Humongous series. I've also been a professional indexer, and I can tell you that I appreciated the care taken with the index (and also the large font used - a nice treat, in comparison with the usual tiny-print indexes!).

There *is* a chapter on logic and proofs, but it's not extensive. However, proofs don't seem to have the emphasis they had back when I studied geometry in the 60's, so it shouldn't be a problem for the modern student.

It's odd that Amazon doesn't provide a view of the table of contents for this book.
I found a website that does provide one - go here:
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I definitely recommend this book for those wishing to learn geometry. It even begins with refresher material on the algebra and rational numbers you'll use in geometry.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By geezman on April 8, 2010
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Exceptional book for high school student taking an honors geometry class..have bought a few over time and most are just lists of problems with answers in back..but this one actually goes step by step thru a well orchestrated sequence of problems and does a terrific job explaining them. Great coverage of the years content + good preview of basic algebra materials needed to be succesful in Geo.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Douglas F. Mitchell on October 26, 2009
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This is another great help book in the "Humongous" math book series. There are so many problems that are solved with step by step explanations, diagrams and notes in easy to find areas of geometry. It is a great book for getting help and explanations for any particular problem area a student may encounter. The "Humongous" math series books are by far the best math books I have ever looked at.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2011
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As a math tutor, there are times when textbooks don't help. Geometry isn't that hard as long as you are good at Algebra. However, whenever you look at the textbook examples, it easier than the homework problems. I wanted a handbook on Geometry as a good review and have a good idea how to teach my students more effectively. I wanted something with step-by-step solutions, since my method in teaching math is "breaking it down". This book was perfect! It has 40 examples per chapter. And lot of PROOFS to practice! I recommend to everyone who is struggling in Geometry.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Victor L. Nazaire on December 25, 2011
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The Humongous Book of Geometry Problems by W. Mchael Kelley is exactly
what it says on the cover :Geometry Problems solved with detailed steps leaving nothing to guesses.

Be warned : One thousand solved geometry problems step by step in full details . Twenty-two chapters, 575 pages, with the first 3 chapters devoted to Algebra problems necessary to prepare you for resolving Geometry problems in the rest of the book.

Warning : W.M.Kelley asks you to solve these problems and only refer to the solutions when you get stuck . Here are his own words :

" There is no denying it. If you could figure this class out JUST BY READING the textbook or taking good notes in class, everybody would pass with flying colors. Unfortunately, the HARSH TRUTH is that you have to BUCKLE DOWN and WORK PROBLEMS OUT until your fingers are numb. "

Great text but not for lazy learners. Contrary to his custom in his guides, W.M. Kelley proffers no jokes in the text, just pure geometry .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Math Teacher on December 5, 2010
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As a geometry teacher in NYC, I have found this book to be very useful. Especially with proofs.. lots of examples and good explanations!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Wheaten on December 21, 2011
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I've had this book a little over a month now. It has taught me a lot as far as the concept of Geometry. It has proofs that makes you understand how geometry is to be looked at, and how to approach a geometry problem if you came across one. But, after reading about a little less than half the book, I must say that this book is not meant to be studied from as a primary source of "teaching your self geometry". It is really a good reference book. Yes it does go indepth on the teachings the fundamentals of solving a geometry figure. And I must say that it does it thoroughly, even at nausea. But, if you're trying to get some practice, which what really counts when taking tests like the GMAT, you need a Book of Problems to solve on your own recognisent to really get you acclimated to all these concepts you may need to be ready for what ever test you're taking.

Good book, but it is really best used as a secondary tool if you don't understand how to do a certain problem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By phansuu on November 24, 2012
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My daughter is a private school 9th grader. I and she sometimes tackled the chapters together, but 90% of the times she worked them herself. As of right now, after 4 months of studying Geometry, coupled with the Humongous Book of Geometry Problems, she has accomplished 68% of her course. ( She still has until July 2013 to finish it). She's got 88/100 cumulative grade points. Thanks greatly for the "Humongous Geometry" help. She really appreciates the book!
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