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100 Commonly Asked Questions in Math Class
Answers That Promote Mathematical Understanding, Grades 6-12

- Alfred S. Posamentier - Mercy College, New York, USA
- William Farber - Mercy College, New York, USA
- Terri L. Germain-Williams - Mercy College, New York, USA
- Elaine Paris
- Bernd Thaller - University of Graz, Austria
- Ingmar Lehmann - Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

It happens to the best of us: that one question that's got you stumped. Or maybe you have the answer, but it's not all that compelling or convincing. Al Posamentier and his coauthors to the rescue with this handy reference containing fun answers to students' 100 most frequently asked math questions. Even if you already have the answers, Al's explanations are certain to keep kids hooked—and that's what it's all about.

The questions are all organized around the Common Core's math content standards and relate directly to Numbers and Quantity, Functions, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The big benefits? You'll discover high-interest ways to:

Teach inquiry and process in mathematical thinking

Encourage flexibility in problem solving

Emphasize efficient test-taking strategies

Provide practical applications from mathematics, education, and human development research

Build students' procedural skills and conceptual understanding

*"Several years ago a group of mathematics teachers develop a list of mathematics concepts and skills they identified as “Tough Topics to Teach.” This list was made up of middle and high school mathematics topics that these experienced teachers felt unprepared to teach well and questions that were frequently raised by students that they felt unprepared to answer. One Hundred Commonly Asked Questions in Math Class provides a clear and concise explanation of each topic on that list and much more. It is an invaluable resource for new and experienced teachers and their students as well."*

**The City College of New York**

*"Everything you always wanted to know about mathematics but were afraid to ask. This is the "tell all" math book you've been waiting for!"*

**New York City Schools**

*"Finally, there is a book that meets a genuine educational need: providing mathematics teachers with comprehensive responses to student questions. Unfortunately, teachers are sometimes unprepared for the myriad of student questions - thereby leaving them frustrated. Here is the solution!"*

**Ministry of Education, Vienna, Austria**

*"Fear is not a mathematical term, but to most teachers fear of teaching math is. For most of us, the idea of math is an exercise in mystery where only egg heads reside and fun never enters the equation. The math teacher who reads this book begins the transformation from terror of teaching to "let's do another one." Curiosity covers a lot of distance between math avoidance and "Wow, I didn't know that." Like in most endeavors, curiosity is motivation in action and this book is a map connecting many areas which seem unrelated into a cohesive base of operation."*

**Port Chester-Rye UFSD, Port Chester, NY**

"One Hundred Commonly Asked Questions in Math Class *makes a serious attempt to demystify long-standing mathematical concepts, especially for adolescents and teenagers. While many concepts will still require further explanation, it comes as a relief to know that some of the mysteries will be resolved."*

**New Rochelle School District, New Rochelle, NY**