Author: Edward Zaccaro
Product Code: 587
ISBN: 9780967991580
Pages: 394
Availability: In stock.

Students typically are not given the opportunity to see the wondrous side of mathematics because it is often taught as all scales and no music. Edward Zaccaro’s 25 Real Life Math Investigations features real-world mathematics inquiries that allow students to see the power of mathematics.

Help your students increase their financial literacy by exploring the dangers of short-term loans, rent-to-own plans, and some types of home loans. Watch as mathematics reveals the futility of depending on corn-based ethanol to lower our dependence on oil imports. Learn the surprising answer to how much money a hybrid car will save its owner because of reduced gasoline usage. Investigate math mistakes in the news media and their potential consequences. Read the true story of how a math mistake led to a commercial jet running out of fuel at 41,000 feet. Learn about the mathematics in music and scuba diving.

These and other fascinating math investigations will keep students engaged as they cut through deception and flawed thinking. Problems are presented at four levels of difficulty, and detailed solutions are provided.

Grades 4–12


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by Amy Stults
on 5/20/2014
from Ohio
What we like about Edward Zaccaro’s books
The cartoon-style illustrations are humorous and appeal to kids. We love the back and forth banter between Einstein and the rat.

His philosophy about teaching is that a person needs to truly understand the concepts, rather than simply memorize a rote formula.

Many of the techniques he shares were developed by him personally and tested on his own students.

Each unit in his books contains problems from various levels of difficulty, from level 1 to Super Einstein level.

The books are very helpful in teaching quick solutions to real life and often challenging dilemmas. He always teaches in context of real world situations.

Controversial issues are sometimes discussed, but the books are not bias in any way. The media and liberal textbooks will tell you one thing. Conservatives will tell you another thing. These books give you the data and teach you how to do the calculations to come to your own conclusions. The books do not just provide the answer, they explain the answer.
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