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Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shapeby Danica Mckellar
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From a well-known actress and math genius—a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators
As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to drop—especially for girls—in large part due to the relentless social conditioning that tells girls they “can’t do” math, and that math is “uncool.” Young girls today need strong female role models to embrace the idea that it’s okay to be smart—in fact, it’s sexy to be smart!
It’s Danica McKellar’s mission to be this role model, and demonstrate on a large scale that math doesn’t suck. In this fun and accessible guide, McKellar—dubbed a “math superstar” by The New York Times—gives girls and their parents the tools they need to master the math concepts that confuse middle- schoolers most, including fractions, percentages, pre-algebra, and more. The book features hip, real-world examples, step-by-step instruction, and engaging stories of Danica’s own childhood struggles in math (and stardom). In addition, borrowing from the style of today’s teen magazines, it even includes a Math Horoscope section, Math Personality Quizzes, and Real-Life Testimonials—ultimately revealing why math is easier and cooler than readers think.
Three-time New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar now makes it a breeze to excel in… Geometry!
Hollywood actress and math whiz Danica McKellar has completely shattered the “math nerd” stereotype. For years, she’s been showing girls how to feel confident and ace their math classes – with style! With Girls Get Curves, she applies her winning techniques to geometry, giving readers the tools they need to feel great and totally “get” everything from congruent triangles to theorems, and more. Inside you’ll find:
· Time-saving tips and tricks for homework and tests
· Illuminating practice problems (and proofs!) with detailed solutions
· Totally relatable real-world examples
· True stories from Danica’s own life as an actress and math student
· A Troubleshooting Guide, for getting unstuck during even the trickiest proofs!
With Danica as a coach, girls everywhere can stop hiding from their homework and watch their scores rise!
New York Times bestselling author and mathemetician Danica McKellar tackles all the angles—and curves—of geometry
In her three previous bestselling books Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the “math nerd” stereotype by showing girls how to ace their math classes and feel cool while doing it.
Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, her fourth book, Girls Get Curves, shows her readers how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master the core concepts of high school geometry, including congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, proofs, theorems, and more!
Combining reader favorites like personality quizzes, fun doodles, real-life testimonials from successful women, and stories about her own experiences with illuminating step-by-step math lessons, Girls Get Curves will make girls feel like Danica is their own personal tutor.
As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, lighthearted approach opens the door to math success and higher scores, while also boosting their self-esteem in all areas of life. Girls Get Curves makes geometry understandable, relevant, and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.
About the Author
Danica McKellar is the bestselling author of Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and, most recently, Girls Get Curves. Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, she has been honored in Britainandrsquo;s esteemed Journal of Physics and The New York Times for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem, which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.) Her passion for promoting girlsandrsquo; math education began in 2000, when she was invited to speak before Congress on the importance of women in math and science. Since then, Danica has made it a priority to find time in her busy acting schedule to promote math education, often appearing around the country as a speaker at national mathematics conferences.
Table of Contents
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
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
A Final Word 397 Appendix 398 Answer Key 402 Index 413 About the Author 418
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