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The Dance of Number: Dance Moves - Mastering Algebra and Mathematical Reasoning Volume 1

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Title:      The Dance of Number: Dance Moves - Mastering Algebra and Mathematical Reasoning Volume 1
Categories:      Biblical Integration
BookID:      163
Authors:      James Nickel
ISBN-10(13):      978-0999105412
Publisher:      Sound Mind Press
Publication date:      2018-08-07
Number of pages:      0
Language:      English
Price:      0.00
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The Dance of Number, ideal for independent study, is a sequenced and tightly integrated curriculum involving four textbooks totaling 1924 pages (Grades 6-10, ages 12-16) consisting of 14 chapters, called the steps of the Dance. The only prerequisite for the first textbook is above average reading comprehension. This curriculum starts from ground zero, teaches the basics of arithmetic from a fresh, vibrant perspective, and then takes the reader on a journey that leads to the borderlands of the mountain range called Calculus. There are plenty of side roads along the way where we stop to gaze at the scenic beauty (i.e., a unified look at principles of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry). It is a long trip; its completion is worth the effort.

The texts are not named Algebra I or Algebra II, etc., because the four-volume sequence tells an coordinated story engaging the student in the nature of the structure of number, the development of its history, and its interpenetration with science. As the student takes this journey, all the concepts of Arithmetic, high school Algebra, most of Geometry, and a complete study of Trigonometry are unfolded.

This is volume 1 of Part 2 of The Dance of Number subtitled Dance Moves ... Mastering Algebra and Mathematical Reasoning (Steps 8 to 11).

[General structure and specific features]

This volume teaches mastery of algebraic syntax as the following topics are explored: (1) Ratio and proportion, (2) direct and inverse proportions, (3) geometric scaling, (4) percentages and compound interest, (5) statistics and probability, (6) linear and quadratic functions, their associated graphs, along with the development of solution strategies to linear and quadratic equations, (7) inequalities and their associated graphs, (8) the operations of exponentiation and extraction of roots, (9) limit notation, (10) composite functions and transformations, (11) solution and (12) Scientific Notation. Relevant geometric constructions are demonstrated. Pertinent and challenging quotes from mathematicians, scientists, and theologians appear throughout the text. Some of the key proofs from the thirteen books of Euclid’s Elements are demonstrated, applied, and seen in their historical context. To complete this thoroughly indexed text, an additional detailed solutions manual is available, a manual that includes the teacher’s guide. A suggested scheduled along with a quiz and exam packet is also available.

[Grade level]

This text is aimed at grades 9-10 (Algebra I and Geometry).


Successful completion of volume 2 of Part 1 (Steps 5-7).

[Unique Feature]

Here is a unique study of math that is grounded in Trinitarian theology: Discover the beauty of how math principles are interrelated; i.e., how they are interconnected and how they interpenetrate with the physical creation, revealing in a created way the uncreated perichoretic nature of the Triune Creator, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who mutually indwell each other in dynamic relationship of loving communion.

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