Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Math Dictionary

MathDictionaryMath Dictionary – Homework help for families (Canadian Edition)
Published at DK Canada

About the book

From prime numbers to pentagons, DK’s new Math Dictionary features more than 300 entries on the words, phrases, and concepts used by Canadian grade-school students in their math classes and in their lives outside school. Illustrated with colourful pictures, diagrams, graphs, and charts this is an invaluable homework and learning resource for both kids and parents aimed at expanding math vocabulary.   Over 700 photographs, illustrations, diagrams and graphs are included in this book.    It’s format is based on the alphabetical order.

My Thoughts

Geared for kids ages 8 to 12 years old, this little gem will remind them of the various mathematical terms used during their studies.   As a homeschooler I am glad to have this book in my hands because to be honest some terms have slip my mind with the years…

This book is well done and contains many mathematical expressions, explanations and so on.   I am a bit surprised that it doesn’t contains everything like the Fibonacci number for example.   Maybe it would be too complicated for the ages intended for this book.  Even though the book is a blessing for our household.   I know that this dictionary won’t be used on a daily basis but we will be ale to refer to it when we hit a wall in mathematical and need a definition to get the meaning of a special term.    I suspect that this book would be used more when we start a new year of homeschool as people tend to forget these things during summer time. 

Earlier this year, I was revising a document that will be published to help teacher get exercises for their students.    The document was one of mathematic and there was one questions about angles.    I couldn’t recall the various types of angles.   I had to google it to be able to make sure that the information in that exercise was accurate.   This Math Dictionary contains such information like acute angle, obtuse angle, reflex angle, right angle and straight angle.   I could have used it back then.   Next time such a document arrives, I will be prepared…

The first section of the book is divided in alphabetical order.   The images, graphs and illustrations are very helpful to visualize the definition and comprehend it.   A big majority of the definitions have either a picture, diagram, graph or chart.   In the quick reference section, the child and yourself can easily find meaning of mathematical expressions, metric and imperial units as well as easy conversions.   

The Math Dictionary is a wonderful reference book to have in  your house.    It is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca.

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.  All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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