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Solve This

James Tanton


If you want a book with a bounty of activities that you could use in your mathematics classroom or as part of a mathematics club, try this one....if one were to visit a high school mathematics classroom and want to show the students that mathematics can actually be FUN, look to this book for some wonderful ideas. —Herbert Kasube, MAA Online

Mathematics can be exciting and fun for all students, especially when exploring the myriad activities and problems found in this book.… Designed to capture students' attention and creativity, each problem-based activity promotes exploration and interesting discoveries, often with a hands-on approach using everyday objects.… The extensive list of complementary resources provides additional opportunities for enrichment and challenges.… Get the book, use it, and help students have fun doing interesting mathematics —CHOICE

This book will supplement math learning and curiosity levels for both students and teachers alike. It will serve as a needed companion or supplement for any math course, club, project or activity. It has enough of a variety of interesting information to entertain, encourage, and educate. —AAAS Science Books and Films

Sophisticated mathematics is accessible to all. Solve This proves it! It is a collection of intriguing mathematical problems and activities linked by common themes that involve working with objects from our everyday experience. Learn about the mathematical mysteries of a bagel, a checkerboard, and a pile of laundry, for example. Discover for yourself that wheels need not be round, that braids need not have free ends, that it is always best to turn around twice — and more! Mathematics is all around us. We all do mathematics everyday.

Solve This irresistibly tempts the reader to embark on a journey of investigation and discovery. All the activities are immediate, catchy and fun, but upon investigation begin to unfold into surprising layers of depth and new perspectives. The necessary mathematics in increasing levels of sophistication is fully explained along the way, but readers may amend the journey in any way to match their mathematical abilities. Elementary, middle and high school students, college students and mathematics majors, faculty from all divisions and professional mathematicians, as well as self-described math phobics have all enjoyed these activities and have all attained a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from them. Mathematics educators will find this a an invaluable resource of fresh and innovative approaches to topics in mathematics.

This book is for everyone. No preparatory learning is needed to dive right in! You will enjoy doing these activities even more as part of a group event. Whether you are a student or an instructor, anxious or comfortable with math, or just curious about mathematics, you will be challenged and delighted by the activities described herein.

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Electronic ISBN:  9781614441069

Print ISBN:  9780883857175

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