Girls Get Curves

Girls Get Curves

Geometry Takes Shape

Book - 2012
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"New York Times bestselling author and mathematician Danica McKellar tackles all the angles--and curves--of geometry In her three previous bestselling books Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace their math classes and feel cool while doing it. Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, her fourth book, Girls Get Curves, shows her readers how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master the core concepts of high school geometry, including congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, proofs, theorems, and more! Combining reader favorites like personality quizzes, fun doodles, real-life testimonials from successful women, and stories about her own experiences with illuminating step-by-step math lessons, Girls Get Curves will make girls feel like Danica is their own personal tutor. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, lighthearted approach opens the door to math success and higher scores, while also boosting their self-esteem in all areas of life. Girls Get Curves makes geometry understandable, relevant, and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls. "--
"In Girls Get Curves, Danica applies her winning methods to geometry. Sizzling with her trademark sass and style, Girls Get Curves gives readers the tools they need to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and totally "get" topics like congruent triangles, circles, proofs, theorems, and more! Girls Get Curves also includes a helpful "Proof Troubleshooting Guide" so students can get "unstuck" and conquer even the trickiest proofs!"--
Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781594630941
Characteristics: xiv, 413 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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nftaussig Sep 01, 2014

Danica McKellar, an actress who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from U. C. L. A., has written a supplement to a geometry text. As was the case with her earlier mathematics books - Kiss My Math, Math Doesn't Suck, and Hox X: Algebra Exposed - this book contains a combination of lessons on mathematics, personal advice (which is sound), and testimonials from women who worked hard to understand mathematics and now use it in their careers. However, this book is weaker than her previous work. She starts with a discussion of logic and the importance of deductive reasoning, but then assumes many of the important theorems that are ordinarily proved in a geometry course, including the Isosceles Triangle Theorem and its converse. She provides a few of the missing proofs, including the Angle Sum Theorem for Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem, on her website, but numerous others are missing. Her decision to state many results without proof undermines her emphasis on deductive reasoning and makes the book less useful to students who will be expected to prove the theorems she chooses to simply assume. That said, the mathematics she covers is sound (with one exception), the examples are interesting, and the problems will make students who work them think. The exception is her treatment of transiviity, which she falsely conflates with substitution. She correctly states that if two segments are congruent to the same segment, then they are congruent to each other. However, she claims the reason is transitivity when it should be substitution. The relation less than is transitive since a < b and b < c imply a < c. However, it is not true that if two numbers are less than the same number, then they are less than each other. For instance, 4 < 5 and 3 < 5, but the statement 4 < 3 is false.

Jul 26, 2013

Danica is a genius and the means in which she explores and exposes the geometric concepts is very plain and helpful. I love the fun way she introduces the complex notions with fun real-life scenarios that will peak learners interests. Fantastic read that could aid students from high school through college level.


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