Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics is an unusual enrichment text for Mathematics of Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 for use by students and teachers who are not content with the average level that routine texts dare not transcend in view of their mass clientele. It covers Geometry, Algebra and Trigonometry plus a little of Combinatorics, Number Theory and Probability. It is written specifically for the top half whose ambition is to excel and rise to the peak without finding the journey a forced uphill task. The undercurrent of the book is to motivate the student to enjoy the pleasures of a mathematical pursuit and of problem solving. More than 300 worked out problems (several of them from national and international Olympiads) share with the student the strategy, the excitement, motivation, modelling, manipulation, abstraction, notation and ingenuity that together make mathematics. This would be the starting point, for the student, of a life-long friendship with a sound mathematical way of thinking. There are two reasons why the book should be in the hands of every school or college student, (whether he belongs to a Mathematics stream or not): one, if he likes mathematics and, two, if he does not like mathematics—the former, so that the cramped robot-type treatment in the classroom does not make him into the latter and the latter so that by the time he is halfway through the book, he will invite himself into the former!
About the Author
Dr. V Krishnamurthy is a former Professor of Mathematics and Director, K K Birla Academy, New Delhi. He is the author of the Culture, Excitement and Relevance of Mathematics, Combinatorics–Theory and Applications, The Clock of the Night Sky and a co-author of Introduction to Linear Algebra.
Dr. C R Pranesachar (formerly Professor, SDGS College, Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh) and Dr. B J Venkatachala (formerly Professor, Kuvempu University, Karnataka) are both Scientific Officers, Mathematical Olympiad Cell, National Board of Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy. They are co-authors of Problem Primer for the Olympiad and Mathematical Challenges from the Olympiads
Prof. K N Ranganathan is a former Professor of Mathematics, Rama Krishna Mission Vivekananda College, Mylapore, Madras.
All four have been closely associated with the training of the National teams for the International Mathematical Olympiads since 1988.
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