## Calculus killed me

November 21st, 2012**Why do so many students fail Calculus?**

The young lady behind the counter was making change. I said that the next time I was in her bookstore I hoped my own new book would be on display. “Oh,” she said, “what’s it called?”

“Math Overboard,” I replied, “It’s a review of school math, written for adults.” “Hey, that’s just what I need,” she said, writing down the book’s and my name. “Calculus killed me,” she volunteered.

Calculus seems to kill a lot of pretty bright kids. It’s not that calculus is that hard – it isn’t. The problem is that many students come to calculus with an inadequate understanding of school-level math, including algebra, analytic geometry, functions and graphs, logarithms, exponentials, and trigonometry. This lack of understanding is often combined with poor writing skills in mathematics – brackets are misused, equality signs run on endlessly, and so on. These students lack confidence in their mathematical abilities – they suffer from “Math Anxiety.”

But what can be done about it?

*Math Overboard!*

My recently published book *Math Overboard! (Basic Math for Adults) *deals head-on with this problem. Covering all of school math, from kindergarten to Grade 12, *Math Overboard!* stresses the importance of *understanding* math in detail, as you learn it, or in this case, re-learn it. Frequent Problems test your understanding as well as your skills.

*Math Overboard!* consists of two volumes:

**Part 1**: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Functions and Graphs. (Published November, 2012; 444 pages. Price if ordered from the website (includes 20% discount from retail price), $24.00.)

**Part 2**: Trigonometry, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Complex Numbers, Statistics and Probability, Advanced Topics. (Expected publication date June, 2013.)

For further information, please visit Math Overboard!