Math Doesn't Suck

Math Doesn't Suck

How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing your Mind or Breaking A Nail

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781594630392
Branch Call Number: YA 510 MCKELLAR
Characteristics: xix, 297 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jul 24, 2013

This is such a delightful book. Danica McKellar keeps you interested and wanting to try out each exercise to see how well you do. She is extremely good at explaining things in many different ways to help you understand. There were many moments while reading this that light bulbs came on and bells rang. Things I struggled with so much when I was first learning them that now I finally understand. This is a wonderful book no matter your age. I'm 33 and this is a fun and educational read.

nftaussig Mar 27, 2012

Danica McKellar, an actress who studied mathematics at U. C. L. A., has written a supplement to a seventh grade mathematics textbook for girls who are struggling with mathematics. Her aims are twofold. She teaches girls (and boys who are willing to put up with examples directed toward girls) how to do the mathematics that is giving them difficulty, paying particular attention to stumbling blocks such as operations on fractions. Her other goal is to inspire girls to challenge themselves. Using personal anecdotes and testimonials from other successful young women who overcame difficulties with mathematics, McKellar stresses the importance of developing a good mind, teaches good study habits, and encourages girls to be persistent when confronted with difficulties. McKellar clearly explains how to do the mathematics, often using humor to get her point across. Her examples are explained in detail, and the exercises are based on those examples. One drawback of the book is that McKellar sometimes shows you how to solve a problem without explaining why the method works (finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple; converting a repeating decimal into a fraction), running the risk of making mathematics look like a set of parlor tricks. On the other hand, girls will benefit from McKellar's personal anecdotes about how she overcame her own difficulties with mathematics through persistence and from the usually clear manner in which the mathematics is presented.

Apr 22, 2011

I used this book to help me prepare for mycollege math placment tests. I found it very helpful!

Apr 22, 2011

Danica's cool- i love her other math books too! I'd use them more if I was a grade lower.

Jul 02, 2010

This book is great, it really helps people to remember things about math, and gives a different view on everything about math. This is a fun and effective way to understand math faster and better.

Dec 23, 2009

Danica McKellar is someone who explains math in a logical, fun way. The best way to learn math.

melissapowl Apr 26, 2009

Remember 'Winnie Cooper' from The Wonder Years? She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from UCLA. Her other book is entitled "Kiss My Math."


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nftaussig thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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nftaussig Mar 27, 2012

In a book directed toward girls who are struggling with mathematics, Danica McKellar addresses topics from the seventh grade mathematics curriculum. She explains prime factorization, greatest common factor (greatest common divisor), lowest common multiple (least common multiple), fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, rates, proportions, and linear equations. The primary mathematical focus is on fractions. McKellar explains when two fractions are equivalent; how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions; how to convert between decimals, fractions, and percents; and how to use fractions, decimals, and percents to solve word problems. McKellar also provides guidance about studying, emphasizes the importance of developing a good mind, and encourages girls to persevere when they are struggling, using personal anecdotes and testimonials from other young, successful women who overcame obstacles through hard work and persistence.


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May 04, 2012

For math is not just a subject,it's also a class


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