This book deals with the algebraic apsects of the Quebec mathematics course numbered 436. The history of this course depicts a difficult and confusing path with results measured in failures and frustration. The course is meant for students expecting to go on to studies in the technical and scientific fields. Unfortunately, there has been a dearth of material to explain the course. The reality is that it has been a source of confusion for adminstrators, teachers, parents, and most unfortunately students.
Rob Shutler has attempted to leave the fighting aand finger pointing behind and concentrate on explaining the material. The book follows a traditional path and provides painstaking detail to explain each topic and provide a plethora of examples. The underlying feature of this book is its secure connection to the provincial exam that provides the final and ultimately deciding evaluation for students.
The book could be used as a textbook for classroom use, or as a stand alone resource for a committed, besieged student. It is an excellent foundation resource for any mathematics teacher.
Rob Shutler graduated from Lachine High School and moved on to John Abbot College. Here he got his D.E.C. in Pure and Applied Science. His next academic stop was McGill University, where he received his BSc with a major in Mathematics and a Graduate Diploma as a Mathematics specialist from the Faculty of Education.
He now is a high school teacher in the picturesque town of Hudson and teaches at Hudson High School. Through the years he has taught Math to all the high school levels and also mixed in stints teaching English, Phys-ed, Computer Science and Physics.
Throughout his career he has coached football, touch football, basketball, rugby, wrestling and field hockey. He has spent time as a referee in basketball and rugby and as an umpire in softball and minor league baseball. He served as Student Life Coordinator at Beaconsfield High School.
He presently lives in Hudson with the love of his life, Lesley Bobeldijk, and his dog Gauss. Yes Gauss, the last dog was called Pythagoras.