A Mind For Numbers

How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

Author: Barbara Oakley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101621613

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

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The companion book to COURSERA®'s wildly popular massive open online course "Learning How to Learn" Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a new skill set, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating material. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life. In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectively—secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they’d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there’s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions—you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. The learning strategies in this book apply not only to math and science, but to any subject in which we struggle. We all have what it takes to excel in areas that don't seem to come naturally to us at first, and learning them does not have to be as painful as we might think! From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Summary of Barbara Oakley’s A Mind for Numbers by Milkyway Media

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Study Aids

Page: 33

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A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) (2014) by Barbara Oakley is a collection of learning strategies for students of all ages. Too many people falsely believe that they’re naturally deficient in math and science when the real problem is their approach, not their abilities... Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.
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The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition)

Author: Susan Wise Bauer,Jessie Wise

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393253635

Category: Education

Page: 880

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Is your child getting lost in the system, becoming bored, losing his or her natural eagerness to learn? If so, it may be time to take charge of your child’s education—by doing it yourself. The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school—one that will train him or her to read, to think, to understand, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school “grammar stage,” when the building blocks of information are absorbed through memorization and rules; the middle school “logic stage,” in which the student begins to think more analytically; and the high-school “rhetoric stage,” where the student learns to write and speak with force and originality. Using this theory as your model, you’ll be able to instruct your child—whether full-time or as a supplement to classroom education—in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects. Thousands of parents and teachers have already used the detailed book lists and methods described in The Well-Trained Mind to create a truly superior education for the children in their care. This extensively revised fourth edition contains completely updated curricula and book lists, links to an entirely new set of online resources, new material on teaching children with learning challenges, cutting-edge math and sciences recommendations, answers to common questions about home education, and advice on practical matters such as standardized testing, working with your local school board, designing a high-school program, preparing transcripts, and applying to colleges. You do have control over what and how your child learns. The Well-Trained Mind will give you the tools you’ll need to teach your child with confidence and success.
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Applying Algebra to Everyday Life

Author: Erik Richardson

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502619652

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Much more than finding x, algebra forms the basis to describe any process that has variation. Everyday numbers like money and time are common variables. In this book, key concepts from algebra, such as lines, polynomials and the quadratic formula, are shown at work in surprising applications including industrial baking, robotics, and the natural world.
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Applying Geometry to Everyday Life

Author: Erik Richardson

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502619725

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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The fundamental shapes of geometry can be built into the grand sweeps of the Sydney Opera House or something as small as a snowflake. This title takes geometric concepts like polygons, platonic solids, and angles and demonstrates their myriad appearances in the world around us. From the Great Pyramid of Giza to sinking a bank shot in pool, geometry abounds.
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