Hot X: Algebra Exposed!

Hot X: Algebra Exposed!

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by Danica McKellar
     
 

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In her two bestselling books, Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace middle school math-and actually feel cool while doing it!

Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, Hot X: Algebra Exposed tackles algebra: the most feared

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In her two bestselling books, Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace middle school math-and actually feel cool while doing it!

Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, Hot X: Algebra Exposed tackles algebra: the most feared of all math classes and the most common roadblock to high school graduation. McKellar instantly puts her readers at ease, showing teenage girls-and anyone taking algebra-how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master topics like square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems and more . . . without breaking a sweat (or a nail).

Danica provides illuminating, step-by-step math lessons combined with reader favorites like personality quizzes, popular doodles, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life, so girls feel like she's sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to higher grades and higher test scores. Now, with Hot X: Algebra Exposed, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Christina Miller
This book's cover features the author and looks like a teen magazine. A self-described math nerd, McKellar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA after starring in The Wonder Years and epitomizes her mantra that a girl can have both beauty and brains. Continuing the format of her two other books (Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail [Hudson Street/Penguin, 2007] and Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss [Hudson Street/Penguin, 2008], Hot X: Algebra Exposed picks up where Kiss My Math left off and focuses on algebra. McKellar's tour through Happyland (her euphemism for algebra) sprinkles humor and personal insights through a plethora of useful illustrations, graphics, reviews of pre-algebraic concepts, testimonials, questionnaires, inspirational quotes, and real-life advice that actually teach the reader algebra. The book convinces that competence in math means confidence in life. Students can read the book straight through or use its tips, definitions, step-by-step guides for solving equations, and sample problems as a reference for specific topics. McKellar's humorous yet effective approach to algebra, a "gatekeeper" to success in a variety of scientific and professional majors, is a must for any teen's (especially girls) library. Reviewer: Christina Miller
Library Journal
McKellar, a professional actress, is also an honors graduate of UCLA, who majored in mathematics. This newest book is the third in a sequence aimed at encouraging middle-school girls to study mathematics with confidence and enthusiasm. It is a very worthy goal, since American women are underrepresented in mathematical higher education and research. The author employs a chatty and humorous style calculated to engage the attention of her teen girl target audience. Her earlier books dealt with prealgebra mathematics; this volume introduces typical first-year algebra topics such as linear and quadratic equations, exponents, word problems, etc. McKellar also steps aside at times with brief essays to help her readers deal with various challenges relating to young men, especially the tendency of some women to "dumb themselves down" so they won't scare them away. Also quoted are statements from various adult women whose strong backgrounds in mathematics have enabled them to advance to significant high-level professional employment. VERDICT This book should prove very helpful for many middle-school girls. Recommended.—Jack W. Weigel, Ann Arbor, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594630705
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Pages:
417
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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