- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470464739
- ISBN-13: 978-0470464731
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It begins with non-technical language and gradually introduces problem solving techniques - one at a time. The first chapter is 'Draw a Diagram.' One of the common myths about doing mathematics is "people who are good at it, 'do it only in their heads.' Totally false - so this book starts with 'Draw a Diagram' and gives several types of diagrams for one problem. So students can use the types that makes sense for them for the problem section at the end of the chapter.
Algebra is the 9th chapter and the lead up is a chapter on 'Guess & Check.' The charts in that chapter provide a 'bridge' to writing equations from 'word problems' in the Algebra chapter.
The high school version was a best seller - I've been using the college version for the last 4 years.
It can transition students to being able to read & learn from ordinary mathematics texts.