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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.

Synopsis:

"New York Times-" bestselling author McKellar tackles the toughest math class yet: algebra. She shows 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.

Synopsis:

"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 them 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!

 

About the Author

Danica McKellar, famous for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. Her work has been recognized by Newsweek and USA Today, as well as on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NPR's Science Friday, and even in ABC's World News Tonight's "Person of the Week" feature.

Table of Contents

Hot Topics

Acknowledgments vi Hot… X? xi FAQs: How to Use This Book xiii

PART 1: MEET THE VARIABLES

Chapter 2: Happy Birthday to Me

GCFs and LCMs with Variables

15 Chapter 3: Listen to Your Gut

Factoring with Variables

30 CONFESSIONAL: Are You Boy Crazy? ON THE COVER 39 Chapter 4: Meow Mix

Rational Expressions: Fractions with Variables in Them

42 Chapter 5: Eating Pizza in the Dark

Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Variables

57 QUIZ: Are You Bold or Shy? ON THE COVER 72

PART 2: SOLVING FOR X

Chapter 6: Your Holiday Shopping List

Strategies for Solving for X

76 Chapter 7: How Picky Are You?

Solving Equations with Absolute Value

91 Chapter 8: Control Freaks, Unite!

Solving Inequalities with Absolute Value

99 MOOD ZAPPER: Take Control of Your Feelings! 113

PART 3: FUNCTIONS, GRAPHING, AND SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS

Chapter 9: Can You Keep a Secret?

Functions and Relations

116 Chapter 10: They’re Going Steady

Equations of Lines, and Graphing Lines and Linear Inequalities

130 Chapter 11: Mystery Woman

Writing Equations for Lines, Including Parallel/Perpendicular Lines

147 Chapter 12: Little Miss People Pleaser

Solving and Graphing Systems of Linear Equations

164 CONFESSIONAL: Dumbing Ourselves Down—the Sequel! 182

PART 4: WORD PROBLEMS

Chapter 13: The Guy of Your Dreams

Motion Problems: Using r . t = d

184 Chapter 14: Dip in the Pool, Anyone?

Rate of Work Problems

198 Chapter 15: Savvy Business Chick

Word Problems: Percents and Simple Interest

208 Chapter 16: The Perfect Party Snack

Word Problems Involving Mixtures

224

PART 5: EXPONENTS AND SQUARE ROOTS

Chapter 17: Ms. Exponent Gets Her Whip

The Product, Power, and Quotient Rules for Exponents

239 Chapter 18: Keep Your Day Job

Negative (and Zero) Exponents

257 Chapter 19: The Benefi ts of a Diary

Intro to Square Roots and Radical Expressions

273 CONFESSIONAL: How Can I Focus and Avoid Distractions? 291

PART 6: POLYNOMIALS

Chapter 20: Chocolates for Breakfast

Intro to Polynomials and Adding/Subtracting Them

294 Chapter 21: A Day at the Hair Salon

Multiplying Polynomials and the FOIL Method

309 Chapter 22: The Jewelry Dilemma

Factoring Trinomials with Reverse FOIL and Grouping

323 Chapter 23: Boyfriend or "Special" Friend

Factoring Special Polynomials

343 QUIZ: Take Control of Your Feelings! 348

PART 7: QUADRATIC EQUATIONS

Chapter 24: Puppies, Please?

Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

353 Chapter 25: The Lemonade Stand

Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square

369 Chapter 26: What You Can Learn at the Mall

Using the Quadratic Formula

385

A Final Word 397 Appendix 398 Answer Key 402 Index 413 About the Author 418

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594630705
Author:
McKellar, Danica
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
General
Subject:
Secondary
Subject:
Algebra - General
Subject:
Algebra
Subject:
Algebra -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics - Algebra
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110628
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 6 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.20x6.40x1.39 in. 1.41 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 432 pages Hudson Street Press - English 9781594630705 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "New York Times-" bestselling author McKellar tackles the toughest math class yet: algebra. She shows 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
"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 them 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!

 

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