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Hot X: Algebra Exposed!
     

Hot X: Algebra Exposed!

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by Danica McKellar
 

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"Dancing With The Stars" contestant Danica McKellar's (Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Girls Get Curves) New York Times bestseller tackles the most feared of all math classes: Algebra!

Algebra: The word alone has been known to strike fear in the hearts of even the best students, but help is here! With her two earlier books, actress and

Overview

"Dancing With The Stars" contestant Danica McKellar's (Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, Girls Get Curves) New York Times bestseller tackles the most feared of all math classes: Algebra!

Algebra: The word alone has been known to strike fear in the hearts of even the best students, but help is here! With her two earlier books, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype and empowered girls to conquer middle-school math and pre- algebra. Sizzling with McKellar's trademark sass and style, Hot X: Algebra Exposed now shows high schoolers how to master algebra topics like square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems, and more. In addition to fun extras like personality quizzes, reader polls, and boy-crazy confessionals, Hot X includes

  • time-saving tips and tricks
  • sample problems with detailed solutions
  • relatable real-world examples

Parents and daughters alike will cheer McKellar as they watch their test scores rise!
 

Editorial Reviews

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"A cross between a math class and a slumber party, and a perky, self-affirming slumber party at that: interspersed among the math are anecdotes about boys and testimonials about struggles and triumphs with math... McKellar exhorts her readers to be smart and confident... I found myself wishing that Ms. McKellar, who makes math relevant without dumbing it down, would cover the rest of the high school math curriculum."—Kenneth Chang, The New York Times

"A must-have for any teen or tween girl who feels nervous about algebra class this year."—The Washington Post

"McKellar... may well have done more to encourage girls to stick with math than any government task force... the wildly enthusiastic response [her books] have received speaks to the effect that can be achieved by reworking the contents of standard math and science problems and countering the perception that boys won't like girls who are smart."—Eileen Pollack, The New York Times

"As far as math goes, McKellar knows her stuff... Facing down a 432-page book devoted to algebra could give even math whizzes pause, but McKellar makes it work, taking the textbook-meets-Seventeen approach by mixing the explanations and equations with boy talk, quizzes, and testimonials from successful women. While a tutor might use this title as a teaching aid, teen girls will want to explore iton their own. Navigation is easy; students are encouraged to hop from chapter to chapter as their homework demands. The breakdown of equations is effective and certainly unconventional—explaining functions in terms of sausage factories, for example, or exponents in terms of whip-bearing female executives (makes sense in the book, promise)—and while McKellar keeps her focus on how to solve math problems, her approach is both readable and even entertaining."—Courtney Jones, Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452297197
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
93,428
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Danica McKellar is a New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books, including Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, and the Goodnight, Numbers series of children's books, and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is also well known for her acting roles on The Wonder Years, The West Wing, and multiple Hallmark Channel movies, and as a quarterfinalist on Dancing with the Stars. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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Algebra Exposed! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish there was a way I could personally meet Danica McKellar and thank her for what her amazing and easy to understand math books have done for me. I've always felt stupid when it came to mathematics; the kind of mental break I've always had were just debilitating whenever I looked at an equation. Even in college, I'd cry tears of anger and frustration wondering, "What the heck is everyone seeing that I just can't grasp?!" All of that changed when, one year ago, I picked up "MATH DOESN'T SUCK". I am 30 years old now. Believe me, thanks to instructors like Ms. McKellar who truly care that their pupils understand mathematics and make it their own, I finally understand middle school mathematics. I purchased "KISS MY MATH" and waited like a caged animal for "HOT X: ALGEBRA" outside of Barnes & Noble. I feel more confident, excited about this new world I feel has finally opened up to me, all because, like myself, Ms. McKellar is fed up with young girls the world over (especially in the United States) are made to feel that brains depreciates beauty, instead of knowing that the truth is the reverse. BRAVO, Danica McKellar, BRAVO!!! Keep your math books coming!! Should I have a daughter someday, your books will be waiting for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all three of Danica's books, and I would recommend this to Algebra students everywhere! It's very helpful. I am also excited to hear that she is working on her fourth book, a Geometry one, out August 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love these books! They are so helpful and filled with great advice. I love the author's message- that being smart doesn't mean being a dork. I would recommend these books to any girl, even if she isn't struggling with math. They are fun to read, and make math concepts easy to understand. I really found some of the tips very helpful. A must read for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to Algebra students everywhere! It's more than helpful, it makes Algebra easy and clears up what the math teacher tried to teach, but failed.
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title says it all:)
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jan59 More than 1 year ago
We are very excited to be buying your third book, Hot X. You have such a way with words and keeping things simple yet yielding the optimum result: understanding. We ony wish that you could do a book on Geometry, trigonometry, etc. In other words, keep going!!