Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Cy Tymony
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
“Instead of pages and pages of history and theory that you can’t relate to, Sneaky Math is a graphics-filled primer with easy-to-make projects designed for maximum clarity and accessibility,” Cy Tymony writes in the introduction to his book.
Part of the Sneaky series that covers nine topics to date, this one hundred and ninety-two page paperback targets those interested in learning shortcuts and tips to better understanding the basics of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus by using everyday items. With black and white sophomoric drawings and illustrations, it would be geared toward high school aged individuals and homeschoolers.
Divided into five sections dedicated to mathematics, it begins with elementary concepts of arithmetic and algebra as it advances to formulas, theorems, and calculus, ending with scientific calculators. The reference material includes modern math notables, recommended books and websites, a glossary, and a math conversion chart.
Often depicting a male and female head shot speaking in a cartoon bubble, one can learn a simplistic way of adding, subtracting, dividing, or multiplying numbers. Containing projects for the reader to make under each section, there are drawings and a list of supplies needed with instructions on assembly with added visuals.
Including fifteen total do-it-yourself projects, three are dedicated to arithmetic, four for algebra, five for geometry/trigonometry, two for pre-calculus, and a bonus one regarding integral math. These hands-on examples include names such as Napier’s Bones Calculator, Coordinate Plane Quizzer, Pi Cups, a Hypsometer, and the Calculus Differentials and Slope Demonstration. Although rudimentary in displaying, the Styrofoam cups, CDs or DVDs, paper clips, blocks of cheese, sipping straws, and thin wire, along with a calculator and spreadsheets, can aid in understanding complex math.
With the added demonstration designs for classroom and home use involving games, raincoats, shower curtains, cookie boxes, paper and coin money, and soda cans, readers can be creative in processing the subject.
Although technical for the beginner student to the concepts of numbers and their use, the book can challenge a person by having he or she make a physical project while teaching a mathematical idea in the process. The book would also be well received by teachers or some professors looking for new ways to get a theory or equation across as it relates to math.
Thanks to the author, DirectContactPR, and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.