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Head First 2D Geometry (Head First)by Lindsey Fallow
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Having trouble with geometry? Do Pi, The Pythagorean Theorem, and angle calculations just make your head spin? Relax. With Head First 2D Geometry, you'll master everything from triangles, quads and polygons to the time-saving secrets of similar and congruent angles — and it'll be quick, painless, and fun.
Through entertaining stories and practical examples from the world around you, this book takes you beyond boring problems. You'll actually use what you learn to make real-life decisions, like using angles and parallel lines to crack a mysterious CSI case. Put geometry to work for you, and nail your class exams along the way.
We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First 2D Geometry uses a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.
Book News Annotation:
This lively, visual text for readers who already understand algebra features bite-sized chunks of facts and explanations sandwiched between b&w illustrations and photos, thought balloons, and panel discussions between different geometric shapes, as well as exercises, brain teasers, and projects. The book is written in a conversational style, and combines words and pictures in unexpected ways to increase attention, with material presented for several different learning styles: step by step, big picture first, by example. No formal proofs are given; instead, the book uses visual exercises to explore patterns and general rules. Emphasis is on understanding and applying concepts, not just memorizing formulas. Coverage includes finding missing angles, similarity and congruence, the Pythagorean theorem, and regular polygons. Fallow is a science and technology writer. Griffiths has written or worked on other Head First books. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Lindsey Fallow has spent the past decade exploring science and technology as a writer, software developer, and television personality. Following an undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering, she fronted a science show for 8-12 year-olds on Disney, and went on to become a reporter & Associate Producer for Tomorrow's World (the BBC's #1 prime-time UK science and technology show) from 1998-2002. She's stood on the top of the Golden Gate bridge, fed sharks, filmed brain surgery, flown in military planes, and been bitten by a baby tiger, but is the most excited by far when her 13-year-old stepson 'gets' his homework.
Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university. She was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics, and was offered a university scholarship to undertake a PhD studying particularly rare breeds of differential equations. She moved away from academia when she realized that people would stop talking to her at parties, and went on to pursue a career in software development instead. She currently combines IT consultancy with writing and mathematics.
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