The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Strogatz, Steven Publication date: Publisher: Flesch–Kincaid 7.1 Description This text gives various examples in how math can be used in daily life and throughout history. The author gives explanations of certain theories while telling a story. He presents that may at times be a little silly or strange even, but are far more useful than […]

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The Phantom Toll Booth

Jones, Chuck Publication date: 1970 Publisher: MGM Flesch–Kincaid Description As a young boy finds himself bored with the turning of daily life, he comes home to find a tollbooth in his room. When he crosses through it he finds himself in an imaginary world of unknowns, to him that is. He enters into a world […]

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Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar)

Numberphile Publication date: November 11, 2014 Publisher: Numberphile Flesch–Kincaid Description This 16 minute video shows how math is used in creating 3-Dimentional items that go into a Pixar animated film. With abstract arithmetic and use of known mathematical theories, the producers can create some of our favorite known characters. In this video, Pixar researcher Tony […]

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Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra

Derbyshire, John Publication date: 2006 Publisher: John Henry Press Flesch–Kincaid 12.1 Description Where does math come from? This novel surely helps answer the question. From explaining what exactly certain aspects in algebra are to digging down to who they came from, this book has it all. As many mathematical history texts go, this is not […]

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How to Cut a Cake: And Other Mathematical Conundrums

Stewart, Ian Publication date: December 11, 2006 Publisher: Oxford University Press Flesch–Kincaid 8.2 Description This creative book gives you puzzle like mathematical stories to figure out and talk through. Though some of the lingo might be much for a middle school student, the careful discussion is easy to follow along with. The author goes through many […]

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How to Lie with Statistics

Huff, Darrell Publication date: 1982 Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Flesch–Kincaid 8 Description This book uses many witty ways to shed light on the world of statistics. He portrays how and why statistics is important through various examples. He also explains how to interpret statistics, sometimes not too literally, by explaining that some can be exaggerations […]

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Hot X: Algebra Exposed

McKellar, Danica Publication date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Plume Flesch–Kincaid 7 Description Author Danica McKellar has done it yet again. This interactive novel for teens helps to rationalize the idea of algebraically solving for x. Yet again this book is written towards teens in a descriptive manner to thoroughly talk through how to work specific […]

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Math In Daily Life

Annenburg Learner Publication date: 2014 Publisher: Annenburg Foundation Flesch–Kincaid 8.4 Description This “text” is actually a website; however, it would be a fantastic instrument for introducing probability and statistics at the end of the year and solving equations (for interest rates and such). This site gives multiple in depth details of how these elements can be […]

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