How Math Works: A Guide to Grade School Arithmetic for Parents and Teachers

How Math Works: A Guide to Grade School Arithmetic for Parents and Teachers

by G. Arnell Williams
     
 

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Math is a subject many people find intimidating. But many don’t understand the history of math and how it came to be what it is today. Here, G. Arnell Williams illuminates, in plain and simple terms, how we got the math we use today, the math our children learn, and the math we struggle at times to explain.See more details below

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Math is a subject many people find intimidating. But many don’t understand the history of math and how it came to be what it is today. Here, G. Arnell Williams illuminates, in plain and simple terms, how we got the math we use today, the math our children learn, and the math we struggle at times to explain.

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Robin Wilson
What are numbers? Where did our numbers come from? And why do we calculate with them the way we do? This entertaining, well-written, and instructively illustrated book is a mine of information for anyone (children, parents, teachers, etc.) fascinated by such questions.
Tulsa Book Review
How Math Worksdelivers exactly what it promises: an extremely thorough explanation of numeration and the four basic operations. It’s completely fascinating, but information-dense and academic. It could serve as a text for a graduate-level course in the history of arithmetic...All explanations are accompanied by detailed diagrams and multiple methods: a “coin system” (basically enhanced tally marks), an abacus, and written out in Arabic numerals (though you’ll learn about Roman numerals, too). Learn how ancient Egyptians multiplied using doubling charts. It’s pretty amazing. If you’ve always wanted to understand math but never quite grasped it, this book can help you see how the numbers dance.
Mathematical Association of America
Williams is a huge fan of using diagrams and pictures along with step-by-step breakdowns of each concept he discusses. Williams sets the stage by beginning with the 'coin system,' which is basically the method of tally marks, the abacus, and Arabic numerals. The reader will also obtain an understanding of how the Romans had a difficult time coming to grips with the number zero, negative numbers, and how the Egyptians used doubling charts to multiply numbers. The examples in the book are simple to understand yet the history is more complex. When reading the book, the reader is sent on a journey through history that is compelling and downright fun.
Home Education Magazine
I don’t know about you but I honestly have to admit that Math confuses me at times! As a Homeschool parent, I find that often it seems like Greek language to me. I have struggled with Math since high school and now that my son is 10, I feel that I need to have a better understanding of Math. Thanks to How Math Works by G. Arnell Williams I do feel like I at least have a better understanding of Math. I love that the book explains the history of arithmetic and the author connects it to other areas such as language which is a subject I love. My son enjoyed learning more about numbers and how they came about and I honestly feel that I now am more capable of explaining Math to my son. I’m still not an expert in the subject, but it would take a lot for me to accomplish that goal. I do like that this book was also interesting to read and I highly recommend it to all parents and teachers. Math no longer seems like a complicated and boring subject to me. This book truly has helped me to see the beauty in Math and that is a big accomplishment!
Teaching Children Mathematics
This guide outlines the rich history of math by answering how it formed and how it functions. Williams clearly articulates how math was founded through relationship patterns using symbols such as tally marks, abacus tables, and Hindu - Arabic (numeral) methods. He writes about how necessary these methods are when teaching foundational algorithms in elementary school classrooms. As an elementary school math teacher, I recommend this book for those who are curious about math and are interested in knowing more about its history and how it works.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442218765
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/04/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
File size:
10 MB

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Robin Wilson
What are numbers? Where did our numbers come from? And why do we calculate with them the way we do? This entertaining, well-written, and instructively illustrated book is a mine of information for anyone (children, parents, teachers, etc.) fascinated by such questions.

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