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Want a fresh start on math? View it in a totally new way? Then read this little book.
If you're using my higher-level materials (Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus) without having gone through my Algebra I course, then I highly recommend that you read the cat-on-swing book. It will quickly bring you up-to-speed with all the math language ideas you need to fully benefit from my lessons.
You'll learn that numbers have lots of different names, and math is the renaming tool. You'll learn that ‘$\,x\,$’ is to math as ‘cat’ is to English. It's an easy read. If you can add, subtract, multiply and divide with numbers like 1, 2, and 3, then you can read this book.
Supplement any math class, 7th grade through college. Use for self-learners, home-schoolers, math lovers, math haters. Reviewers and users write:
An entire website grew from this book. Free randomly-generated exercises. Free unlimited worksheets. Algebra Pinball. All the same style. All the same voice. All building on the ideas in this little book.
Bound, printed copies are great for students: they can highlight, write margin notes, and do exercises right in the book.
Here's a review of the cat-on-swing book.
Here are some of my testimonials from over the years.
Teachers who use the book to supplement a math class can particularly benefit:
Teachers who purchase the \$5.00 pdf file can make as many copies as needed for students.
(Just be sure to preserve the copyright notices.)
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me (Dr. Carol JVF Burns, author and website creator):
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Brief Table of Ideas, Symbols, and Notation
English versus Mathematics
This diagram summarizes the language ideas discussed in the first section,
The Language of Mathematics.