The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly
24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians

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Math rocks! At least it does in the gifted hands of Sean Connolly, who blends middle school math with fantasy to create an exciting adventure in problem-solving. These word problems are perilous, do-or-die scenarios of blood-sucking vampires (How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?), or a rowboat of 5 shipwrecked sailors with a single barrel of freshwater (How much can they drink, and for how long, before they go mad from thirst???). Each problem requires readers to dig deep into the tools they’re learning in school to figure out how to survive.

Kids will love solving these problems. Sean Connolly knows how to make tough subjects exciting and he brings that same intuitive understanding of what inspires and challenges kids’ curiosity to the 24 problems in The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math. These problems are as fun to read as they are challenging to solve. They test readers on fractions, algebra, geometry, probability, expressions and equations, and more.

Use geometry to fill in for the ship’s navigator and make it safely to the New World. Escape an evil Duke’s executioner by picking the right door—probability will save your neck.
 

About Sean Connolly

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Sean Connolly has written more than 50 books for children and adults. As the father of three, he is ideally suited to concoct and then explain the workings of these imaginative math problems.
 
Published March 14, 2012 by Workman Publishing Company. 240 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Science & Math, Children's Books.

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Dramatic and varied as the situations are, they’re never more than thinly disguised exercises, because nearly every one depends on a rat chewing through a rope in exactly one minute, the bus getting precisely 17 miles to the gallon, an astronaut’s heartbeat never varying from 72 beats per minute ...

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Using a Mission Impossible–style formula, Connolly, the author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science and The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, presents 24 beyond-the-classroom scenarios

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Using a Mission Impossible–style formula, Connolly, the author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science and The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, presents 24 beyond-the-classroom scenarios that require the use of fractions, ratios, geometry, and more.

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The author also provides hints along the way that either deepen the mystery or stimulate more complex thought processes.

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