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Back to school at your local library!

With "Back-To-School" right around the corner, it's the perfect time to think about homework help.

Parents have tried to assist their children with math homework for generations. In the 1960s, parents were trying to deal with "new math," which was a change in the way math was taught. This change created uncharted waters for those parents trying to lend a hand.

Today's parents have it a little easier, with access to the Internet and countless homework help sites. If you don't have access to the Internet, the library has public use computers and online homework help databases for you to use. If you prefer learning aids such as the newer books highlighted below, staff at the library are happy to help you find what you're looking for.

• Homework Helpers: Basic Math and Pre-Algebra, by Denise Szecsei. This book will help build a solid mathematical foundation and enable students to gain the confidence they need to continue their education in mathematics. Particular attention is placed on topics that students traditionally struggle with the most.

The final chapter in the book covers word problems in detail, and several problem-solving strategies are discussed. While this book could be used to supplement standard pre-algebra textbooks, it could also be used to refresh your arithmetic and problem-solving skills.

• Astronomy, by Dan Green, illustrated by Simon Basher. Basher has created a portrait gallery of personified celestial bodies in a hyper-cute, pastel cartoon style reminiscent of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's more extravagant flights.

Green's astro-narrative is both accurate and spiced with seldom-mentioned details. It could kindle (or in under motivated older readers, rekindle) interest in the topic. And it's fun!

• Why Does E=mc2: (and Why Should We Care)?, by Brian Cox. What does E=mc2 actually mean? Dr. Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of twenty-first century science to unpack Einstein's famous equation.

Explaining and simplifying notions of energy, mass, and light -- while exploding commonly held misconceptions -- they demonstrate how the structure of nature itself is contained within this equation. Along the way, we visit the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted: the now-famous Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator capable of re-creating conditions that existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang.

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