The Number Yard
A Fun and Easy Guide to the Math You Need for Construction... And Nothing Else. ::: By Alan Cook ~ Illustrated by Mary E. Scott

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March 3, 2011

Alan Cook
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Local Author Writes a Weapon of Math Instruction

Eureka, CA  (03 Mar 2011) --  A recent survey found that 84% of American middle school students would rather clean their rooms, eat their vegetables, take out the garbage, or go to the dentist than do their math homework.  Many adults would make a similar statement.

People need to master the tools of their trade.  In construction this means a measuring tape, square, saw, etc.  Sometimes the most needed tool is math.

Author of A Trip To The Number Yard, Alan Cook says that the problem of math literacy isn’t limited to any one livelihood.  The lack of proficiency  often begins in elementary school as math class was boring or seemed irrelevant.  Students get lost and never catch up.  As adults, they find out that they need to use math but feel frustrated.

Help with practical math is needed in many settings, for example:
         Anyone employed in construction
         Construction technology programs
         Home school
People have asked the author if the methods in A Trip To The Number Yard will work for them.  “If you are able to learn the rules of driving or baseball, then you can make good use of The Number Yard.”

Alan Cook is a co-owner of Solar Hot Water Plus and is part time faculty at College of the Redwoods. 




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A Weapon Of Math Instruction is exactly what is needed.  Thirty years of construction experience plus teaching at a junior college, Alan Cook sees, firsthand, the enormous difficulties people have with math.

Alan Cook has lived a multi-chaptered professional life. In his early adult years, he built houses and cabinets. Given the physical demands of this livelihood, he was introduced to the benefits of chiropractors. Receiving much needed help over years, he decided to attend chiropractic college. However, he retained his interests in the construction world and is currently a co-owner of a solar company.

Always participating in a broad pallet of experiences, he was invited to attend a professional speakers’ workshop. This training, coupled with his natural talents, led to his appointment as a post-graduate lecturer for three chiropractic colleges whereby he gave presentations across the country. His speaking abilities were also tapped by Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Complimenting his numerous lectures, he has over a dozen articles published in chiropractic and medical journals. His most well-known article being, The Healing Benefits of Laughter.

His writing and construction backgrounds are well displayed in his recent book, A Trip To The Number Yard. This paperback is a fun and thorough series of lessons in the math needed for the world of construction.

In short, Alan Cook has a wide range of experiences allowing him to connect with audiences. He has give many presentations in public speaking, as well as radio and television interviews.

Alan Cook is the author of author-  A Trip To The Number Yard; A Fun and Easy Guide to the Math You Need for Construction... And Nothing Else.