
10,000 Subtraction Problems Practice Workbook: Improve Your Math Fluency Series
Our Price: $7.50 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781448611782
 Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
 Published: July 2009
AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in physics from Oklahoma State University and currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He developed the Improve Your Math Fluency series of workbooks to help students become more fluent in basic math skills.CONTENTS: This practice book is designed to help students develop proficiency with their subtraction skills by offering ample practice. This book is conveniently divided up into five parts:Part 1 reviews subtraction facts with singledigit minuend and difference since swift knowledge of these is critical toward subtraction mastery.Part 2 is limited to twodigit numbers minus onedigit numbers. This way students are not challenged with too much too soon.Part 3 focuses on twodigit minus twodigit subtraction.Part 4 involves threedigit numbers.Part 5 features a variety of multidigit subtraction problems.An introduction describes how parents and teachers can help students make the most of this workbook.An addition table is provided to help students who are just learning their subtraction facts.PRACTICE: This is a practice workbook geared toward practicing problemsolving skills. As such, it consists of worksheets with practice problems in the spirit of oldfashioned practice sheets. This is suitable for students who need to practice basic skills, and is effective for many students. It is not one of the modern math textbooks that are designed to entertain bored students.PHOTOCOPIES: The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy or borrow one copy from a library to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice. 
A Guide to Thermal Physics: From the Fundamentals Thru CallenLevel Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Our Price: $20.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781453772805
 Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
 Published: August 2010
AUDIENCE: This thermodynamics textbook is suitable for all students of thermal physics, from the third semester of introductory calculusbased physics thru more advanced coursework in thermodynamics. It provides much greater depth than the coverage of thermal physics in traditional calculusbased physics textbooks, and in this way may be useful to students who are just learning thermal physics. It also provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals and covers both introductory thermal physics (thermal expansion, heat conduction, thermal radiation, ideal gases, and heat engines) and the mathematical formulation of thermodynamics (fundamental relation, Euler and GibbsDuhem, thermodynamic potentials, thermodynamic systems, Maxwell relations, and phase transitions) in a more unified way; and in this way may be very helpful to students who are studying undergraduate or graduate level thermodynamics. This textbook also serves as a useful review of thermal physics and thermodynamics for students who have already studied thermodynamics. CONTENT: The beginning chapters are largely geared toward providing a solid foundation of the fundamental concepts and their relationship with the mathematics. The material from these chapters is intended to serve as a valuable introduction for beginning students and selflearners, and also as a useful review for advanced students. The later chapters grow increasingly indepth: For example, the treatise of heat conduction discusses the integral in a variety of forms and even compares it to more familiar electrical concepts; the chapter on heat engines derives the Carnot efficiency in general using the entropy change integral, and covers a variety of cycles, including the endoreversible engine; and thermodynamics includes not only the usual thermodynamic square, but also the more general octahedron and cross polytope. PREREQUISITES: No previous exposure to thermal physics is assumed. The student should be familiar with the techniques of calculus; a brief review of some relevant techniques, such as partial differentiation, is included. IMPORTANT DISTINCTIONS: Boxes of important distinctions are included in order to help students distinguish between similar concepts – like heat, temperature, and internal energy. TABLE OF EQUATIONS: There is a handy table of equations organized by topic on the back cover of the textbook. This also includes the thermodynamic square. CONCISE OUTLINE FORMAT: The text is conveniently organized by specific topic to help students who may not be reading straight through, but who may be searching for a specific idea or who may be reviewing material that they read previously. There is also a handy index to help locate concepts quickly. Examples and important notes clearly stand out from discussions of concepts. MATHEMATICAL & CONCEPTUAL EMPHASIS: There is much emphasis both on learning the mathematics precisely and understanding the concepts at a deep, precise level. An underlying idea is that students should not guess at concepts, but that concepts are mathematically motivated: Let the equations be your guide. NOTES: Several notes are boxed to describe important points, common mistakes, and exceptions. Hundreds of footnotes are included to discuss subtleties without interrupting the flow of the text. EXAMPLES: Each chapter includes fullysolved examples to illustrate the main problemsolving strategies. PRACTICE: The end of each chapter has a good selection of instructive conceptual questions and practice problems. HINTS & ANSWERS: 100% of the conceptual questions have both hints and answers, since it’s crucial to develop a solid understanding of the concepts in order to succeed in physics. Some of the practice problems have answers to help independent students gain confidence by reproducing the same answers, while 100% of the practice problems have hints so that students can see if they are solving the problems correctly. 
Basic Astronomy Concepts Everyone Should Know (With Space Photos)
Our Price: $10.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781469925929
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: January 2012
This fullcolor, illustrated softcover book provides a highly visual introduction to some basic astronomy concepts that everyone should know, like explaining the phases of the moon and earthbased evidence of the heliocentric model. There are 40 fullcolor pages. The photos are NASA space photos, but NASA did not participate in the writing or publication of this eBook. Educators may use this material in the classroom for the purpose of teaching astronomy concepts. Contents include our solar system, the lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses, seasons, the shape of the earth, and geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system (including evidence for the heliocentric model). 
Chemical Word Scrambles Anyone Can Do (Hard)
Our Price: $8.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781463517588
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: May 2011
Chemical word scrambles are an exciting new form of word puzzles. You don’t need to know any chemistry! These chemical word scrambles will appeal to all word puzzle lovers, whether or not they also enjoy science. Each word is composed of symbols from the periodic table, instead of letters; but you don’t need to be familiar with the periodic table to solve the word scrambles. Here is an example: The words BRaIn PoWEr are composed of the following symbols for chemical elements: B for boron, Ra for radium, In for indium, Po for polonium, W for tungsten, and Er for erbium. In chemical word scrambles, the words have been scrambled by rearranging the symbols – not the letters. Symbols that have two letters – like He for helium and Nd for neodymium – can’t be split or have their letters reordered. This creates a significant distinction between ordinary word scrambles and chemical word scrambles. For example, the symbols Er, V, S, and Es may be combined to form the word SErVEs, but not the word SEVErs because symbols would have to be split to form SEVErs. One neat difference between ordinary word scrambles and chemical word scrambles is that chemical word scrambles allow us to make use of a vocabulary of longer words without effectively increasing the difficulty of the puzzle. For example, the word VErBAl is a 6letter word, but only a 4symbol word. When trying to rearrange the symbols Al, Er, B, and V to form the word VErBAl, there are fewer permutations to consider compared to rearranging the 6 letters A, l, e, r, b, and v to form the word verbal. We saw this as an excellent opportunity to make word scramble puzzles that involve a vocabulary of longer words. The level of difficulty of this Chemical Word Scrambles puzzle book is HARD. This book involves words that mostly have 6 to 7 symbols, and therefore 6 to 14 letters; all of the challenge words of this HARD book have 8 symbols. (There is also an EASY book with 4 to 5 symbol words, and a MEDIUM book with 6 symbols. Puzzlers who can solve harder word scrambles may want to begin with the EASY volume to get the hang of unscrambling words in terms of chemical symbols before moving onto MEDIUM or HARD.) Each puzzle features a challenge word made by rearranging the first symbol of each word. A unique feature of this book is that there is a Hints section at the back separate from the Answers section, for puzzlers who may be stuck and want to check just the first letter of the solution. 
Creative Physics Problems
Our Price: $8.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781442188211
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: June 2009
This is book is a collection of creative physics problems. No examples or solutions are provided, as this volume of physics problems is intended to be used in conjunction with a textbook. Like textbook problems, answers to selected questions are provided. This can be useful for (i) teachers who are looking for engaging problems to assign or use as examples and (ii) diligent selflearners who are willing to work for the answer and possibly rework the problem a few times (which can be a rewarding strategy in the long run, but does not suit many of today’s students who want the information simply injected into their brains). These imaginative problems are designed to: engage the interest of students in this difficult subject, add a little zest to abstract concepts like angular momentum, and challenge students to apply the concepts to involved problems. This includes many instructive problems that force students to think through key concepts (like collisions where students calculate the lost mechanical energy), problems with conceptual questions (e.g. why a ball actually rolls farther up an incline in the presence of friction than it does sliding without friction), and review problems grouped by a theme (such as one about a chimp who stole physics à la the Grinch). Involved problems are included to build fluency in the major problemsolving strategies, like combining conservation of energy and momentum. Many problems are broken down into parts to help guide students along – that is, you can check your answer to part (a) before moving onto part (b). 
Creative Physics Problems for Physics With Calculus
Our Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781442190955
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: June 2009
This is book is a collection of creative physics problems, which includes a healthy dose of calculusbased problems. No examples or solutions are provided, as this volume of physics problems is intended to be used in conjunction with a textbook. Like textbook problems, answers to selected questions are provided. This can be useful for (i) teachers who are looking for engaging problems to assign or use as examples and (ii) diligent selflearners who are willing to work for the answer and possibly rework the problem a few times (which can be a rewarding strategy in the long run, but does not suit many of today’s students who want the information simply injected into their brains). These imaginative problems are designed to: engage the interest of students in this difficult subject, add a little zest to abstract concepts like angular momentum, challenge students to apply the concepts to involved problems, and encourage students to develop and apply their calculus skills. This includes many instructive problems that force students to think through key concepts (like collisions where students calculate the lost mechanical energy), problems with conceptual questions (e.g. why a ball actually rolls farther up an incline in the presence of friction than it does sliding without friction), calculusbased problems (such as motion, center of mass, and moment of inertia),and review problems grouped by a theme (such as one about a chimp who stole physics à la the Grinch). Involved problems are included to build fluency in the major problemsolving strategies, like combining conservation of energy and momentum. Many problems are broken down into parts to help guide students along – that is, you can check your answer to part (a) before moving onto part (b). 
Full Color Illustrations of the Fourth Dimension
Our Price: $11.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781442141636
 Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
 Published: June 2009
These fullcolor illustrations on 8"x10" pages are at once aesthetically captivating and instructive. Each page consists of colorful images of tesseracts (4D hypercubes) or glomes (4D hyperspheres) with a paragraph caption describing the figures at the bottom. Color is used effectively to show how to visualize the features of tesseracts and glomes, how to draw tesseracts in perspective, how a tesseract unfolds, how the features of tesseracts and glomes change as they rotate, how to find the intersection of a tesseract or glome with a hyperplane, how hyperspherical coordinates are defined, how to understand hypercompass directions, and how to draw longitudes, hyperlatitudes, and latitudes. Rectangular hyperboxes and a hyperellipsoid are also shown. Subsequent volumes of this series will build upon these fundamental 4D objects to help you imagine features of a 4D world such as a hyperchair, a hypercross, a hyperpyramid, a hyperhouse, crystal structures, and simple hypermachines. 
Golf Word Scrambles
Our Price: $6.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781463612788
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: June 2011
This Golf Word Scrambles book is great for both golf lovers and word puzzle enthusiasts. It makes a nice gift, too. There are 101 word scramble puzzles; each puzzle consists of 10 golfrelated words or phrases, like sand trap, nine iron, Tiger Woods, or St. Andrews. All 10 words from each puzzle are related – for example, they might all be common golf phrases, golf equipment, professional golfers, or famous golf courses. Knowing that the words in each puzzle are related may help you unscramble any words or phrases that you don’t see right away. You can check all of your answers with the solutions in the back of the book. The puzzle pages are decorated with golf holes. Here is a sample: (1) N A S D D E W E G (2) U P T E R T (3) V I R D E R. Answers: (1) sand wedge (2) putter (3) driver. 
Multiplication Facts Practice Book: Improve Your Math Fluency Series
Our Price: $6.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781448606894
 Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
 Published: June 2009
AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in physics from Oklahoma State University and currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He developed the Improve Your Math Fluency series of workbooks to help students become more fluent in basic math skills.CONTENTS: This practice book is designed to help students first memorize and then develop fluency with their basic multiplication facts – i.e. multiplying numbers between 0 and 10. This book is conveniently divided up into four parts:Part 1 features a single number so that students can master one number's multiplication facts at a time.Each problem in Part 2 has at least one factor that is no larger than 6, allowing students to concentrate on smaller numbers first.Similarly, the problems of Part 3 have at least one number as large as 6.Part 4 is a mixture of all multiplication facts with numbers from 0 thru 10.An introduction describes how parents and teachers can help students make the most of this workbook.A multiplication table is provided to help students who are just learning their multiplication facts.PRACTICE: This is a practice workbook geared toward practicing problemsolving skills. As such, it consists of worksheets with practice problems in the spirit of oldfashioned practice sheets. This is suitable for students who need to practice basic skills, and is effective for many students. It is not one of the modern math textbooks that are designed to entertain bored students.PHOTOCOPIES: The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy or borrow one copy from a library to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice. 
Positive Word Scrambles (Fun Positive Visualization)
Our Price: $6.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781466463691
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: October 2011
Trying to be and stay positive? Want to visualize a positive future? Would you like a fun and relaxing way to do it? That’s just what this book of positive word scrambles is for. Sit in a comfy chair, grab a pencil, and unscramble letters to form positive words and phrases. Each puzzle consists of a group of related positive words or phrases, like ‘wonderful,’ ‘on cloud nine,’ ‘celebration,’ and ‘way to go.’ All of the positive words or phrases from the same puzzle are related in some way. For example, they might all be fun places, ways to relax, compliments, or celebratory phrases. Knowing that the words in each puzzle are related may help you unscramble any words or phrases that you don’t see right away. A hints section at the back of the book provides the first letter of each answer, which is handy if you just need a little help; a separate section provides the answers so that you can check your solutions. The puzzle pages are decorated with smiley faces, plus signs, sunshine, and encouraging remarks. Smile! 
Practice Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Mixed Fractions Workbook
Our Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781460993590
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: March 2011
AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in physics from Oklahoma State University and currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He developed the Improve Your Math Fluency series of workbooks to help students become more fluent in basic math skills.PRACTICE: This is a practice workbook geared toward practicing problemsolving skills. As such, it consists of worksheets with practice problems in the spirit of oldfashioned practice sheets. This is suitable for students who need to practice basic skills, and is effective for many students. It is not one of the modern math textbooks that are designed to entertain bored students.EXAMPLES: A section on basic fraction skills provides a few pages of notes regarding useful fraction skills, including concise instructions for how to convert an improper fraction to a mixed number and viceversa, as well as how to add, subtract, multiply, or divide fractions, followed by a couple of examples to serve as a guide.ANSWERS: An answer section at the back provides a complete answer key. It’s important for students to practice solving problems correctly, otherwise they will practice their mistakes. Students, parents, or teachers should use the answer key to help students check their answers.CONTENTS: This practice book is designed to help students develop proficiency in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing mixed fractions by offering ample practice. This book is conveniently divided up into four parts – one for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – such that students can focus on one arithmetic operation at a time. An introduction describes how parents and teachers can help students make the most of this workbook. A multiplication table is provided to help students who are just learning their multiplication facts. PHOTOCOPIES: The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy or borrow one copy from a library to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice. 
Practice Arithmetic With Decimals Workbook
Our Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781453626931
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: June 2010
AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in physics from Oklahoma State University and currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He developed the Improve Your Math Fluency series of workbooks to help students become more fluent in basic math skills.DESCRIPTION: This practice workbook is designed to help students develop proficiency in their arithmetic with decimals by offering ample practice. This book is conveniently divided up into five parts – one for addition, subtraction, and multiplication, and two levels of long division (one with and one without repeating decimals). In this way, students can focus on one arithmetic operation at a time.EXAMPLES: Each section begins with a concise set of instructions for how to add, subtract, multiply, or divide numbers with decimals, including a couple of examples.ANSWERS: Answers to exercises are tabulated at the back of the book. This helps students develop confidence and ensures that students practice correct techniques, rather than practice making mistakes.PHOTOCOPIES: The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy or borrow one copy from a library to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice.INTRODUCTION: An introduction describes how parents and teachers can help students make the most of this workbook. Students are encouraged to time and score each page. In this way, they can try to have fun improving on their records, which can help lend them confidence in their math skills. 
Pyramid Fractions  Fraction Addition and Subtraction Workbook
Our Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781456508906
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: December 2010
This colorful math book introduces a novel visual method for students to master their fraction arithmetic skills. The creative design helps to engage student interest, while the visual layout ties into one of the current pedagogical drives in education – namely, to use visual strategies since research has shown them to be effective learning tools. These visual problems also help to develop visual skills. This volume focuses on adding and subtracting fractions. The back of the book features a table of answers to help students check that they are practicing correct techniques (or it may serve as a grading key for teachers or parents). A concise description of pyramid math – including how to solve the problems – is given in the introduction. The first exercise has been partially solved in order to help students get started. There are also two completely answered, fullsize examples on the front and back cover. Studying these examples and checking the answers to the first page of each part will help students become confident that they understand what to do. Each section (one for addition and one for subtraction) begins with a concise explanation of how to add or subtract fractions, which includes finding a common denominator and reducing fractions. A couple of examples of how to add and subtract fractions, showing all of the steps, serve to demonstrate how to do the math. The interior is printed in full color with aesthetic visual patterns. The 8” x 10” pages are nearly the same size as standard school papers that students are used to working with. With 15 problems per page, there are 540 exercises all together. Each problem includes its own dedicated workspace. Both the answers and workspaces are numbered from 1 thru 15 for easy correspondence. The workspaces encourage students to show their work, and the symmetrical structure of the workspaces shows students how to organize their work in neat columns. The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice. Teachers may also wish to display these colorful problems using a projective camera or a transparency overhead projector. 
The Visual Guide to Extra Dimensions
Our Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781438298924
 Publisher: Createspace
 Published: August 2008
AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in particle physics from Oklahoma State University. Dr. McMullen currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. His background on the geometry and physics of a possible fourth dimension of space includes a halfdozen research papers on the prospects of discovering large extra dimensions at the Large Hadron Collider.DESCRIPTION: This book takes you on a visual tour of a fourth dimension of space. It is much more visual and conceptual than algebraic, yet it is detailed and technical, with the intention of satisfying the needs of mathematicallyminded readers familiar with the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, and graphing. Here is a sample of what you will find:A fascinating tour of the second and lower dimensions, which will help to understand the fourth dimension by analogy.A chapter dedicated toward imagining what it might be like to live in a hypothetical 4D hyperuniverse. This includes details like 4D wheels with axles, a 4D staircase, and a 4D room.Pictures of flat 4D objects called polytopes, like the tesseract, pentachoron, and icositetrachoron. A unique graph of a hecatonicosachoron has 12 of its 120 bounding dodecahedra highlighted to help visualize its complicated structure.Indepth discussion of the hypercube, including numerical patterns, rotations, cross sections, and perspective. Watch a tesseract unfold.Visual intersections of 15 pairs of perpendicular planes and 6 pairs of orthogonal hyperplanes in 4D space.Unique graphs of curved hypersurfaces in 4D space, like the glome, spherinder, cubinder, and hyperparaboloid.PUZZLES: Several puzzles are included to challenge the reader to contemplate the fourth dimension. Answers are included at the back of the book.AUDIENCE: This book is highly visual and very conceptual such that anyone with an appreciation for geometry may understand it, while at the same time including ample detail to also satisfy readers with a strong background in mathematics. 
Trigonometry Essentials Practice Workbook with Answers: Master Basic Trig Skills: Improve Your Math Fluency Series
Our Price: $9.99 Format: Paperback
 ISBN13: 9781477497784
 Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
 Published: May 2012
AUTHOR: Chris McMullen earned his Ph.D. in physics from Oklahoma State University and currently teaches physics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He developed the Improve Your Math Fluency series of workbooks to help students become more fluent in basic math skills.WHAT TO EXPECT: This is a workbook designed to offer plenty of practice with essential skills. It is not a textbook designed to teach trigonometry, but a workbook designed to supplement a student’s instruction in trigonometry. Examples and a brief description of the concepts are included to serve as a quick refresher and a guide. If you need more instruction, you should use this workbook in combination with a textbook. The last chapter involves applications of trig identities, which is a challenging topic that will mostly interest more advanced students. A few chapters are intended to help students memorize the trig functions of common angles like 30, 150, or 315 degrees, which will be especially useful for students who may take exams without a calculator (that’s the case with the MCAT and many math and science courses). There may be more practice than many students need, which is much better than having too little practice. Any extra pages may be helpful for teachers or parents with multiple children.DESCRIPTION: This Trigonometry Essentials Practice Workbook with Answers provides ample practice for developing fluency in very fundamental trigonometry skills. Every problem can be answered without a calculator, which is very helpful for students who aren’t allowed to use a calculator. This is the case in some trig and physics courses, as well as some standardized exams (like the MCAT).CONTENTS: This workbook is conveniently divided up into 11 chapters so that students can focus on one trigonometry skill at a time. Skills include the following:converting between degrees and radians;expressing sine, cosine, tangent, secant, cosecant, and cotangent as fractions by looking at right triangles;solving for unknown sides and angles in 45°45°90° and 30°60°90° right triangles;determining the sine, cosine, tangent, secant, cosecant, and cotangent of multiples of 30° and 45° up to 360° (working with both degrees and radians);practice finding the reference angle for angles in Quadrants II, III, and IV;finding the inverse trig functions;applying the law of sines and the law of cosines to solve for unknown sides and angles in acute and obtuse triangles;solving problems with trig identities (like the angle sum and difference formulas);and solving algebraic equations that feature basic trig functions.EXAMPLES: Each section begins with a few pages of instructions for how to solve the problems followed by some examples. These examples should serve as a useful guide until students are able to solve the problems independently.ANSWERS: Answers to exercises are tabulated at the back of the book. This helps students develop confidence and ensures that students practice correct techniques, rather than practice making mistakes.PHOTOCOPIES: The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy or borrow one copy from a library to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice.INTRODUCTION: An introduction describes how parents and teachers can help students make the most of this workbook. Students are encouraged to time and score each page. In this way, they can try to have fun improving on their records, which can help lend them confidence in their math skills.