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  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486469247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486469249
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. Ercolino on June 6, 2010
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This is an interesting little book for anyone who wants to bend their brain up for a little diversion or just for fun. This book is based on a test that was given to high school students to award the best a chance at a scholarship to college. This is the complete battery of problems that was given (I think minus one or two years that could not be found) to high school students in several schools. Although the problems are "high school level", it is immediately obvious that the level of problems given during this testing was a little more advanced from what is today perceived as high school mathematics.

Very enjoyable book for stretching your mind.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ScienceThinker on May 27, 2012
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The collection of problems is complete. The Stanford examination started in 1946 and ended in 1965. All exams are collected in the book; none is missing. The problems appear harder than traditional high school problems for two reasons: First they are based on what a student should be known by the end of his/her high school studies, not what he/she was taught during these years. Second, the problems are written to check the aptitude of students in mathematics, not if they can carry out routine calculations. Therefore, high school students from countries where the curriculum is rigorous and robust will recognize problems based on the material they have been taught although the problems may not be exactly the ones they have solved as homework. (Some of these problems can often be encountered as advanced-level problems in such rigorous curricula.) Students countries where the system is looser regarding the mathematical curriculum can find these problem quite challenging, unless the students have an interest in mathematics and math competitions.

The book is just a collection of problems. It contains hints for those who want to try to solve them on their own. It also contains the solutions for those who do not want to try them or tried and failed to solve them. However, it contains nothing else. No related theory and no methodology. It is a very cheap book and worth having but you should not expect it to serve as a tutorial book that teaches problem-solving techniques.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betholwen on November 27, 2012
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My 17 year-old son loves this book so much, that when his bookbag was stolen from his locker during gym he asked me to replace this book! He's on a math team, and they work on problems like this all the time. It must be good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen G. Margolis on May 11, 2013
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This book is exactly what I was looking for. This book will be used in coaching very advanced 5th grade students for the "5th Grade Math Challenge" of Minneapolis Public Schools.
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