# Math Doesn't Suck

## How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing your Mind or Breaking A Nail

Book - 2007From a well-known actress and math genius--a groundbreaking guide to mathematics for middle school girls, their parents, and educators

As the math education crisis in this country continues to make headlines, research continues to prove that it is in middle school when math scores begin to drop--especially for girls--in large part due to the relentless social conditioning that tells girls they "can't do" math, and that math is "uncool." Young girls today need strong female role models to embrace the idea that it's okay to be smart--in fact, it's sexy to be smart!

It's Danica McKellar's mission to be this role model, and demonstrate on a large scale that math doesn't suck . In this fun and accessible guide, McKellar--dubbed a "math superstar" by The New York Times --gives girls and their parents the tools they need to master the math concepts that confuse middle-schoolers most, including fractions, percentages, pre-algebra, and more. The book features hip, real-world examples, step-by-step instruction, and engaging stories of Danica's own childhood struggles in math (and stardom). In addition, borrowing from the style of today's teen magazines, it even includes a Math Horoscope section, Math Personality Quizzes, and Real-Life Testimonials--ultimately revealing why math is easier and cooler than readers think.

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Add Age Suitabilityblue_raccoon_211 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 15

#### Summary

Add a SummaryIn a book directed toward girls who are struggling with mathematics, Danica McKellar addresses topics from the seventh grade mathematics curriculum. She explains prime factorization, greatest common factor (greatest common divisor), lowest common multiple (least common multiple), fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, rates, proportions, and linear equations. The primary mathematical focus is on fractions. McKellar explains when two fractions are equivalent; how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions; how to convert between decimals, fractions, and percents; and how to use fractions, decimals, and percents to solve word problems. McKellar also provides guidance about studying, emphasizes the importance of developing a good mind, and encourages girls to persevere when they are struggling, using personal anecdotes and testimonials from other young, successful women who overcame obstacles through hard work and persistence.

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Add a CommentThis is such a delightful book. Danica McKellar keeps you interested and wanting to try out each exercise to see how well you do. She is extremely good at explaining things in many different ways to help you understand. There were many moments while reading this that light bulbs came on and bells rang. Things I struggled with so much when I was first learning them that now I finally understand. This is a wonderful book no matter your age. I'm 33 and this is a fun and educational read.

Danica McKellar, an actress who studied mathematics at U. C. L. A., has written a supplement to a seventh grade mathematics textbook for girls who are struggling with mathematics. Her aims are twofold. She teaches girls (and boys who are willing to put up with examples directed toward girls) how to do the mathematics that is giving them difficulty, paying particular attention to stumbling blocks such as operations on fractions. Her other goal is to inspire girls to challenge themselves. Using personal anecdotes and testimonials from other successful young women who overcame difficulties with mathematics, McKellar stresses the importance of developing a good mind, teaches good study habits, and encourages girls to be persistent when confronted with difficulties. McKellar clearly explains how to do the mathematics, often using humor to get her point across. Her examples are explained in detail, and the exercises are based on those examples. One drawback of the book is that McKellar sometimes shows you how to solve a problem without explaining why the method works (finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple; converting a repeating decimal into a fraction), running the risk of making mathematics look like a set of parlor tricks. On the other hand, girls will benefit from McKellar's personal anecdotes about how she overcame her own difficulties with mathematics through persistence and from the usually clear manner in which the mathematics is presented.

I used this book to help me prepare for mycollege math placment tests. I found it very helpful!

Danica's cool- i love her other math books too! I'd use them more if I was a grade lower.

This book is great, it really helps people to remember things about math, and gives a different view on everything about math. This is a fun and effective way to understand math faster and better.

Danica McKellar is someone who explains math in a logical, fun way. The best way to learn math.

AMAZING way to get girls into math! Definately recommend.

Remember 'Winnie Cooper' from The Wonder Years? She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from UCLA. Her other book is entitled "Kiss My Math."