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Why Math Isn't an Awful Nerd

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In "Why Math isn't an Awful Nerd" Jason Marshall, the guy behind the incredibly popular Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips podcast, shows readers how insanely easy and downright elegant math can be. Marshall focuses on perfect squares and patterns (hint: they're called perfect squares for a reason), and clearly--and most importantly concisely--explains step-by-step how numbe ...more
ebook, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Read like a sample, incomplete book.
I saw this on the free eBook list, and being a math teacher, had to download it. I was little skeptical at first because the title isn't that great, but I really enjoyed reading this "math lesson". It was easy to understand and put in terms that kids could understand, though I highly doubt this would get any uninterested people interested in math.
I'm not entirely sure what's worse- the fact that this book only solved one real problem (after a tedious discussion about what it means for a number to be positive or negative and even or odd), or that it, a book championing itself as a book about algebra, didn't even solve this problem algebraically.
Sort of humorous, and not very surprising for a middle school math teacher (sort of kills the "big reveal"). A fun topic to explore, though, especially if you don't already know what's coming.
This was a free kindle book that solves one math problem and is a shameless plug for his book on algebra. The book was ok.
Ivy Reisner
Clever, but it seemed more like a sample than a book.
good read- easy to understand-very helpful
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