Calculus By And for Young People: Worksheets CD-ROM – Jan 15 2006
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About the Author
Don Cohen was born in Jersey City, N.J. He has a B.A. and M.A. from SUNY-Albany, NY and M.S.from RPI,in Troy, NY. He has taught all ages of students for 44 years, the last 22 of these as co-founder and teacher of The Math Program. After 7 years of teaching in a junior high school, he realized there must be a more enjoyable and effective way to teach math. He searched for alternatives. This led to designing new curriculum for N.Y. State; learning about mathematics and creativity from Bob Davis with The Madison Project; learning what real teaching is about by observing great teachers such as Sue Monell; teaching teachers; working on Plato (a computer-based education system at the U of I); all before Don and his partner invented The Math Program. These are the good old days! Don has three fine sons and six terrific grandchildren. He is a watercolor artist (see cover). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Your children CAN be ready for calculus--and Don Cohen's book, written for young people by young people, will prepare them. "Calculus By and for Young People" will empower your children to construct the conceptual associations necessary to understand calculus. It is as simple as that!
A specialist in Instructional Design and Psychology and a veteran, myself, of calculus training at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, I have used Don's book with learners age 8 through 72 (you are never too old) for three years now. Don's stuff is EXCITING! I give his books as Christmas presents to my favorite nieces and nephews. I take copies of the book on trips, and PLAY at math with the children at the homes I visit.
With Don as a guide and mentor, I love to play with mathematics. I have seen my students jump up in the air with glee when they solve one of Don't challenges--or giggle as they work at an assignment. I have a video tape of my students at work with Cohen's materials. Watching it always amazes me. This is education at its best.
Don Cohen and you. What a team, working together to help your children reach their potential in tomorrow's world.
P.S. Don't think this book is kid-stuff. Your high school student, or college student will benefit from Don's training as much as your younger child. Don't be surprised when your son or daughter confides: "I've been working on this calculus stuff all year, and getting A's, but I never really understood what it all meant, or what I was doing, until I worked through this book. Gee, thanks for helping me out."
Some of the more powerful things that children will learn are: (1) indexing of numbers; (2) fractions; (3) programming in BASIC; (4) iteration; (5) exponents, and e; (6) ratios (such as t he golden ratio, etc.). I had the hardest time with (7) continuing fractions, which are rarely taught these days and which, to me, are not intuitive.
Perhaps the word "intuitive" sums up Cohen's approach: his skills at math are sufficient enough that he can see connections and help youngsters intuit connections, which are then their "discoveries." He does not mind youngsters making mistakes, and he believes in constructionist math.
I used Cohen's materials in a summer program with first graders, to solve Zero's Paradox, which, in calculus terms is: What is the limit of the sum of (1/2)^nth power? It took five weeks of daily discussion to help them learn about fractions, adding fractions, fractions less than one, graphing the sum, and understanding the idea of when "close enough" is a "good enough" limit. We had a great time and the youngsters enjoyed the project.