Books: Conquering Math Clandestinely

Sneaky Math by Cy Tymony

Sneaky Math by Cy Tymony

One of the greater challenges of parenthood, at least for me, has been helping our kids with their math homework. Sure, we all use math in our everyday lives, and some of us even at work, but explaining how and why math works the way it does (such as how to properly work equations with multiplication and addition) can be harder than one thinks, especially when they are concepts that you just know without the accompanying "why". That's one of many reasons why the book Sneaky Math by Cy Tymony is a great primer for adults. With easy to understand explanations and well-diagrammed examples, Sneaky Math offers a great way to reintroduce yourself to math basics and even more complex arithmetic, as well as including interesting projects you can do with your child to illustrate the principles and language of mathematics. Designed so that the math you encounter builds upon what has come before, Sneaky Math truly fits its subtitle, "a graphic primer with projects" as each section from arithmetic to pre-calculus features several projects such as the "Sneaky Cup Calculator" and "Sneaky Powers and Square Root Quizzer" which can be used to both drill and explain the concepts. As well, there are helpful resources and even more advanced mathematics at the end of the book. In total, Sneaky Math is a great way to revisit the finer points and even expand your understanding of the concepts behind math before you have to sort out an explanation of your young one's geometry theorem.

Sneaky Math by Cy Tymony is available from Andrews McMeel Publishing.

 

A copy of the book was provided for review.