Maths books that focus on the application of the maths concept?
March 2, 2008 11:50 PM Subscribe
Can you recommend maths books that emphasize the application of the concept being taught?
posted by giggleknickers to Education (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for maths books of any level from basic algebra to undergraduate studies.
Nearly every maths book I've looked at uses the following method:
"Here is a maths concept. We'll go over it, drill you on it, spend lots of time on it. Then after you really know it, we'll throw in an example or two for what this can be used for."
I'm looking for a maths book that uses the following method instead:
"Here is a problem that you might have in everyday life, or in a certain occupation. Now we'll show you how we can solve this. Then we will drill you on it by having you solve a bunch of other real problems with this concept."
When I was little, I had a great educational comic book. It was about a futuristic spaceship, and as the story went along, the crew kept running into problems that needed to be solved with maths. I would love to find something like that at a higher level, but perhaps that is asking too much.