Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape

Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape

by Danica McKellar

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New York Times bestselling author and mathemetician Danica McKellar tackles all the angles—and curves—of geometry

In her three previous bestselling books Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the “math nerd” stereotype by showing girls how to ace their math classes and feel cool while doing it.

Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, her fourth book, Girls Get Curves, shows her readers how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master the core concepts of high school geometry, including congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, proofs, theorems, and more!

Combining reader favorites like personality quizzes, fun doodles, real-life testimonials from successful women, and stories about her own experiences with illuminating step-by-step math lessons, Girls Get Curves will make girls feel like Danica is their own personal tutor.

As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, lighthearted approach opens the door to math success and higher scores, while also boosting their self-esteem in all areas of life. Girls Get Curves makes geometry understandable, relevant, and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101647646
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 703,241
File size: 26 MB
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Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

DANICA McKELLAR, famous for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. Her groundbreaking books have been recognized in Newsweek and USA Today, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, and NPR's Science Friday, and even as ABC World News Tonight's “Person of the Week” feature. Visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Girls Get … What? xi

FAQs: How to Use This Book xiii

Part 1 Geometry Basics

Chapter 1 Hot Guys and Smelly Socks: Introduction to Logic and Reasoning 1

Chapter 2 Snow Angels: Geometry Basics 18

Chapter 3 First Impressions: Working with Diagrams 35

Confessional: Assumptions Gone Wrong! 44

Quiz: What's Your Body Image? On the Cover! 46

Part 2 Introduction to Proofs

Chapter 4 Why, Mommy? Why?: Introduction to Two-Column Proofs 50

Chapter 5 Lounge Chairs and Leftover Pizza: The Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & Division Properties … and More Proofs! 70

Part 3 Triangles, Congruence, and More Proofs

Chapter 6 Ski Lessons: Introduction to Triangles 88

Chapter 7 Romantic Walks on the Beach: Congruence Transformations 109

Chapter 8 Cheerleading Tryouts: Congruent Triangles 119

Chapter 9 The Many Uses of Lipstick: CPCTC and More Proofs 143

Chapter 10 Your Sister's Crush: Proofs by Contradiction (AKA Indirect Proofs) 165

Chapter 11 Little Miss Know-It-All: Right Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem 176

Confessional: How Do You Attract Guys? On the Cover? 198

Part 4 Parallel Lines and Polygons

Chapter 12 School Dance Nightmare: Intro to Polygons … and Deriving Formulas 200

Chapter 13 Getting Around the Mall: Parallel Lines and Transversals 214

Chapter 14 Musical Theater Emergency: Proving Lines Are Parallel 227

Chapter 15 Designer Shoes and Handbags: Introduction to Quadrilaterals 241

Chapter 16 Reality Show Drama: Properties of Parallelograms and Other Quadrilaterals 257

Feel Great with These 8 Self-Esteem Boosters! On the Cover! 281

Part 5 Similarity, Circles, Area, and Volume

Chapter 17 Life-Sized Barbie: Similar Triangles 284

Chapter 18 The Birds and the Bees … and Puppy Dogs, Too: Circles 303

Chapter 19 The Warrior Princess: Arcs and Arc Length 324

Chapter 20 Suddenly in the Mood for … Pie: Finding Perimeter and Area 342

Chapter 21 It's A Wrap!: Surface Area and Volume 363

A Final Word 383

Proofs: The Trouble shooting Guide! 385

Appendix 387

List of Rules (Theorems and Postulates) 390

Answer Key 395

Symbol Glossary 403

Index 405

About the Author 415

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Danica McKellar is a great teacher! She's warm and funny, and best of all, she explains algebra so clearly. My wife and I immediately ordered her books [for] our daughters.”—Steven Strogatz, New York Times columnist and professor of mathematics, Cornell University

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Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally recommend this book for any person who is confused with geometry and wants a good read. Also, all her other math books are great, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books. She's really helped me be a better student, and learn more. I'm not ultra confused anymore! I wish i could thank her in person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! Danica is a genious :)
Ironcityed More than 1 year ago
A mathematical genius with the verbal skills of an English Professor? What more can any reader asdk for? She is indeed brilliant and enjoyable.
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