A student hovers over a page of math problems from a book or worksheet. They’d rather be anywhere else. Math is boring. Math is useless. Math is a waste of time.

But wait, how can we turn around this young learner to say MATH IS FUN, MATH IS COOL? A good place to start would be with a unique approach known as COOL MATH. Here’s what to expect:

From core curriculum techniques such as multiplying multiples to calculating calculus and probability and division, right through to working out tricky statistics, formulas, and equations in or outside of the classroom, Cool Math will help you work your way out of everyday situations in a way that you’ll never forget.

This lively, engaging book is illustrated throughout to help bring math to life, and topics include how to tip, how to work out the distance of a storm, Fibonacci sequences, cracking codes, and many more! From simple multiplication to complex calculus, math has never been easier. With the Cool Math approach, it’s fun to learn and easy to remember, but difficult to forget!


The tasks are fun and eye opening as to how numbers work in every day situations. Perfect for middle school! Some of my favorites included MULTIPLICATION MADE EASY (no pencils needed), HAPPY BIRTHDAY PROBABILITY, and PYTHAGOR-WHO? I could go on but to be honest all 50 activities are worth your time. They increase understanding and do it without a worksheet.

Scattered throughout is a DID YOU KNOW? piece highlighting interesting tidbits about the history and background of math concepts. Insightful reading by itself.

The book’s 6 x 8 inch size is handy to carry around or slide into a backpack. While we wait for those shuttered classrooms to open up, this would be a great summer companion. You’ll finally admit Math really is COOL.


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3 Responses to COOL MATH

  1. Diane F says:

    My son is a visual learner and this sounds like it would help his understanding of math. Thanks for the post or I would not have come across this title.

  2. Sounds like a book that even adults could use to brush up on — especially if you haven’t studied math in 50 years.

  3. Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    This sounds like an actually-effective way to get kids interested in math! Thanks for the review of such a neat book!

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