Operation Comics #3: Not Your Average Cat

Operation Comics #3: Not Your Average Cat

by Bruce Kessler

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Operation Comics began as a grant-funded project to develop a unique format for presenting grade-appropriate mathematics, as determined by NCTM standards, to students in grades 4 through 6. The comics, in print form, have been piloted at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since January 2009.

The stories involve the adventures of Wonderguy, a strongman superhero who goes about doing good deeds, with the assistance of two very intelligent elementary school students, Claire and Dillon. In this third issue, Wonderguy encounters a petty thief called the Cheetah. He had once been a mere biologist wanting funding for his genetics research into making a faster human, but after experimenting on himself, he finds that he can run as fast as a cheetah. He decides that if he can get attention for his research by eluding the great Wonderguy, then the funding he wants will soon be his. However, he did not count on Claire and Dillon, Wonderguy's mathematical ace-in-the-hole.

In this issue, the mathematics concepts of the arithmetic mean and graphing points on a coordinate plane are presented. A sample from the comic, a teacher supplement, and worksheets for the comic are available free at works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/.

Please note that, although the comics are formatted for correct display for the NOOK, NOOKcolor, and both PC and Mac reader applications, the comics do not display correctly on the NOOK application for the iPhone. For best results with the NOOK and NOOKcolor, set Publisher Defaults to OFF, and adjust the margins if the comic should run off the side of your NOOK's page.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012255686
Publisher: WKU Research Foundation
Publication date: 02/18/2011
Series: Operation Comics , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 20
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bruce Kessler is a mathematics professor at Western Kentucky University, with twenty years experience in the classroom with students of all ages, and is Associate Dean of the WKU Ogden College of Science & Engineering. His primary research interests are in applications of wavelet theory to signal and image processing, and he currently has a patent pending on an analysis algorithm he developed. Dr. Kessler has also been involved in mathematics curriculum development. He has written the trigonometry text used by students in the Gatton Academy of Math & Science at WKU, and during the Spring 2006 semester, wrote and hosted a series of television shows "Math Matters: Why Do I Need To Know This?" that appeared on internal WKU cable.

As a fan of comic books as a child, the Operation Comics series has been a labor of love with the author. The series currently stands at six comics.

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