Algebra Unplugged [NOOK Book]

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This is one of only four algebra books recommended by Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Also recommended in the back of the Cliff Notes book,Algebra II. We thank them both.

Algebra Unplugged explains the concepts, vocabulary and strategies of beginning algebra in an accessible, conversational manner, without resorting to problems for the student to wrestle with. Ideal for people who like to read, who learn best by reading, but who get lost, ...
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Overview

This is one of only four algebra books recommended by Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Also recommended in the back of the Cliff Notes book,Algebra II. We thank them both.

Algebra Unplugged explains the concepts, vocabulary and strategies of beginning algebra in an accessible, conversational manner, without resorting to problems for the student to wrestle with. Ideal for people who like to read, who learn best by reading, but who get lost, confused, and terrified when they face math. You know who you are. You thought you were smart, you get good grades in English and History class, but in math class, you think the teacher is speaking Etruscan just to make you feel foolish. There’s a reason for that. Your teacher does not learn best by reading, and neither did his teacher. In fact, he doesn’t believe guys like you and me exist. Our world of books and literature is as much a mystery to him as math is to sane people. Algebra Unplugged is the book you’ve been waiting for. ISBN 13 978-0962781575

“An excellent and enjoyable book. Worth having several copies around to loan to students.”
The American Mathematical Monthly

“I loved it” --Sheila Tobias, author of Overcoming Math Anxiety

“If you or anyone you know is frightened by algebra, then this entertaining, simply written book is an excellent way to overcome that fear. I know of no more painles way to master the basic concepts of algebra.”
--Martin Gardner, former math columnist for Scientific American magazine and author of dozens of books on math, science and puzzles.

“Ever read an algebra book for fun? Ever thought you would want to? Algebra Unplugged is just that sort of book- and innovative approach that does a great job taking the mystery and fear out of algebra. It’s not a text book. You don’t have to ever lift a pencil while reading it. Fascinating explanations of all the players in a first year algebra course. A must for anyone who is going to take algebra, dreaded it while taking it, or wants to brush up on it.” --Theoni Pappas, author of The Joy of Mathematics

“Sometimes, despite endless explanations by teachers and dozens of homework assignments, students don’t always grasp algebra. Some ask for help, others turn to books, hoping that one will explain things in language they can understand. This may be the book they are looking for. Explanations are short, humorous, and non technical. The authors convinced this reviewer that there is value in sneaking up on a potentially intimidating subject in this way, although I was not so sure at the beginning.”
Appraisal-Science Books for Young Adults

The innovative author of There Are No Electrons asked math professor Jim Loats to teach him algebra. The result is this wonderful book which explains the basic concepts, vocabulary and strategies of algebra. No exercises, just clear writing, humor and information. — Grace Llewellyn in The Genius Tribe magazine. Grace is now the Director of the Not Back to School Camp in Eugene, Oregon.
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Editorial Reviews

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - The Editor
A humorous introduction that stresses concepts rather than formulas to motivate the uninitiated or befuddled to approach the subject”(recommended additional reading, article on “algebra.”)
Phi Delta Kappan - Bruce Smith
It's a remarkable book...(that )covers pretty much all the topics of first-year algebra and a great deal of earlier math that many kids don’t really have a grip on. And they do it all in just 258 pages of remarkably readable and often hilarious text.
“Both of my daughters read the book. One, a true math-phobe probably managed to pass algebra in ninth grade as much because of this little book as because of her teacher.”
American Mathematical Monthly - The Editors
“An excellent and enjoyable book. Worth having several copies around to loan to students.”
MathSquad.com - The Staff
“One of our all-time favorite books. This book is aimed specifically at the math phobes. It is written in an up-beat, humorous style that avoids the usual 'math teacher jargon.' Totally cool!”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012348319
  • Publisher: Clearwater Publishing Company Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 269
  • Sales rank: 755,363
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kenn Amdahl is the author of There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings; Joy Writing: Discover and Develop Your Creative Voice; Jumper and the Bones; The Land of Debris and the Home of Alfredo and co author (with Jim Loats, Ph.D.) of both Algebra Unplugged and Calculus for Cats.

Jim Loats, Ph.D, is a professor of mathematics at Metro State College in Denver Colorado. He is well known for his work in teaching prospective teachers how to teach math. He co authored Algebra Unplugged and Calculus for Cats with Kenn Amdahl.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Algebra secrets revealed!

    As a student who somehow stumbled through algebra, calc and differenial equations I wish that this book had existed when I started out. It revealed 'secrets' of algebra to me that would have made my life much easier had I known about it. Have you ever wondered whether algebra is just some game? Read this book to find out the rules. I couldn't put this book down and ended up finishing it in 3 days. It was a nice easy read with just the right mixture of humor and facts. I suggest that anyone who will take, is taking or has taken an algebra course should read this book. They give you great insight without pounding you on the head with a bunch of homework!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Solve. This book demystifies instructions in math textbooks that

    Solve. This book demystifies instructions in math textbooks that leave most of us wondering "how?". 'Splains a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

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    Uh ok kind of cool idk

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