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Math Doesn't Suck

How To Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind Or Breaking A Nail

By Danica McKellar

From a well-known actress, math genius and popular contestant on "Dancing With The Stars"—a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators

As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to drop—especially for girls—in large part due to the relentless social conditioning that tells girls they “can’t do” math, and that math is “uncool.” Young girls today need strong female role models to embrace the idea that it’s okay to be smart—in fact, it’s sexy to be smart!

It’s Danica McKellar’s mission to be this role model, and demonstrate on a large scale that math doesn’t suck. In this fun and accessible guide, McKellar—dubbed a “math superstar” by The New York Times—gives girls and their parents the tools they need to master the math concepts that confuse middle-schoolers most, including fractions, percentages, pre-algebra, and more. The book features hip, real-world examples, step-by-step instruction, and engaging stories of Danica’s own childhood struggles in math (and stardom). In addition, borrowing from the style of today’s teen magazines, it even includes a Math Horoscope section, Math Personality Quizzes, and Real-Life Testimonials—ultimately revealing why math is easier and cooler than readers think.

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Publish Date

2008

ISBN

9780452289499


Format: Book
Author: McKellar, Danica
Summary: Demystifies middle-school math concepts that are most challenging, sharing step-by-step instructions for developing real-world math skills, providing time-saving tips and tricks, and offering practice problems with detailed answers and explanations.
Title: Math doesn't suck : how to survive middle school math without losing your mind or breaking a nail / Danica McKellar ; [illustrations by Mary Lynn Blasutta].
Publisher Date: New York : Plume, [2008], c2007.
Subject: Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- United States Mathematics
Isbn: 9780452289499 (pbk.) 0452289491 (pbk.)
Current Holds: 2
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 510 McK
Oclc: 183268080
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Bib Id: 373240

Format: Book
Author: McKellar, Danica
Summary: Demystifies middle-school math concepts that are most challenging, sharing step-by-step instructions for developing real-world math skills, providing time-saving tips and tricks, and offering practice problems with detailed answers and explanations.
Title: Math doesn't suck : how to survive middle school math without losing your mind or breaking a nail / Danica McKellar ; [illustrations by Mary Lynn Blasutta].
Publisher, Date: New York : Plume, [2008], c2007.
Description: xxi, 296 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- United States
Subjects: Mathematics
Other Author: Blasutta, Mary Lynn ill.
Other Title: Math does not suck
Notes: Originally published: New York : Hudson Street Press, 2007.
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Math used to totally suck -- FAQs : How to use this book -- pt. 1. Factors and multiples don't suck -- ch. 1. How to make a killing on eBay : prime numbers and prime factorization -- ch. 2. Do you still have a crush on him? On the cover! : Finding the greatest common factor (GCF) -- ch. 3. You can never have too many shoes : Multiples and the lowest common multiple (LCM) -- Quiz #1 : Are you a methophobe? : On the cover! -- pt. 2. Fractions don't suck -- ch. 4. Everything you ever wanted to know about pizza but were afraid to ask : Introduction to fractions and mixed numbers -- ch. 5. How many iced lattes can these actors drink? : Multiplying and dividing fractions and reciprocals -- ch. 6. When to seriously stop raiding the refrigerator : Equivalent fractions and reducing fractions -- ch. 7. Is your sister trying to cheat you out of your fair share: Comparing fractions -- ch. 8. How much do you and your best friend have in common? : Common denominators and adding and subtracting fractions -- ch. 9. Choosing the perfect necklace : Complex fractions -- Quiz #2 : Do you have trouble focusing - or are you a "focus superstar"? -- pt. 3. Decimals don't suck -- ch. 10. What every savvy shopper should know : All about decimals -- ch. 11. Why calculators would make terrible boyfriends : Converting fractions and mixed numbers to decimals -- ch. 12. How to entertain yourself while babysitting a devil child : Converting decimals to fractions -- What's your math horoscope? : On the cover! : See what the stars say about you and math! -- pt. 4. Percents join the party and they don't suck, either -- ch. 13. Sale of the century! : Converting percents to and from decimals and fractions -- ch. 14. A choreographed performance : Mixing fractions, decimals, and percents together -- pt. 5. Word problems don't suck -- ch. 15. The universal language of love and math : Introduction to word problems and "percent of"/"percent off" -- ch. 16. Does she ever get off the phone? : Ratios -- ch. 17. The perks of a Southern drawl : rates and unit rates -- ch. 18. Filmmaker extraordinaire! : Proportions -- ch. 19. Are you drinking enough water? : Unit conversions -- Quiz #3 : What's your learning style? -- pt. 6. Even algebra doesn't suck -- ch. 20. Who's the cute new foreign exchange student? : Introduction to "solving for x" -- ch. 21. Romeo and Juliet : Introduction to "solving for x" in world problems -- Troubleshooting guide : Where to turn when you don't know what to do! -- The smart girl's resource guide -- Multiplication tables -- Answer key -- About the author.
ISBN: 9780452289499 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0452289491 (pbk.)
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Call Number: 510 McK