Friday, December 5, 2014

YA Book Review: Sneaky Math by Cy Tymony

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the author, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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We're on a nature theme today, but there are so many mathematical formulas in nature, I snuck this one in!

Sneaky Math cover


Synopsis:

Cy Tymony, author of the best-selling Sneaky Uses series, brings his unique, fun hands-on learning approach to all things math.

 Many people fear math and numbers, even Barbie, who famously said "Math class is tough" in her controversial 1992 talking doll version. But in Sneaky Math, Cy Tymony takes tough and turns it into triumph. He shows us how math is all around us through intriguing and easy projects, including 20 pass-along tools to complement math education programs.

 The book is divided into seven sections:

 1. Fundamentals of Numbers and Arithmetic
 2. Algebra Primer
 3. Geometry Primer
 4. Trigonometry Primer
 5. Calculus Primer
 6. Sneaky Math Challenges, Tricks, and Formulas
 7. Resources


Sneaky Math example 1


Review:

I put this under YA, but it is really more 2nd grade on up, as it deals with math basics of fractions (2nd /3rd grade level, with a handy calculator to use) and then works it's way up through Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and into Calculus (I just heard you groan in pain, bear with me here). As you can see from the samples, it is an easy read, and the concepts are simply put, in ways that kids can GET. This book is your pre-teen/teens best friend. Cy takes math concepts and breaks them down into simple everyday referenced formulas that actually make math easy. Eek did I say that? It's true! If you have a kid that struggles with math, this book might be the key to helping them unlock math principles in their brain, and seeing the light at the end of the math problem tunnel! You can check out some FREE projects from Cy on his website at: http://sneakyuses.com/freeprojects.html/ (hint- there are some sneaky science projects too!) and see for yourself how much you need this book, if for nothing else to refresh YOUR brain, before the kids ask for help with math homework (you KNOW its coming!), and I highly recommend it for all households with kids!

Sneaky Math example 2

About the Author:


Cy Tymony is an amazing inventor.  By reading comic books and studying science as a young boy he amazed his friends with unusual scientific projects, demonstrations and ideas.  He is trained in auto mechanics, electronics, video and audio technology and computer science and has taken courses in martial arts, security and survival techniques.  For decades has focused his enthusiasm, creativity and imagination on educating people of all ages and walks of life.  He is the author of the Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things book series.

Cy Tymony is a real live renaissance man. He has lots of media experience.  He is a wonderful and inspiring guest with a childlike enthusiasm for science and technology. His Sneaky Uses books explore the delight of finding.  He has an incredible and contagious energy who delights in sharing the wonders of the human potential.


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