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Head First Algebra (Brain-Friendly Guides)by Tracey Pilone
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Having trouble understanding algebra? Do algebraic concepts, equations, and logic just make your head spin? We have great news: Head First Algebra is designed for you. Full of engaging stories and practical, real-world explanations, this book will help you learn everything from natural numbers and exponents to solving systems of equations and graphing polynomials.
Along the way, you'll go beyond solving hundreds of repetitive problems, and actually use what you learn to make real-life decisions. Does it make sense to buy two years of insurance on a car that depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot? Can you really afford an XBox 360 and a new iPhone? Learn how to put algebra to work for you, and nail your class exams along the way.
Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Algebra uses a visually rich format specifically designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.
Book News Annotation:
For students, this guide to algebra teaches concepts using illustrations, a conversational tone, and multiple learning styles. The authors connect concepts to stories, include exercises and activities, and teach rules, operations, equations, and other concepts and how to use algebra to solve real-world problems. An appendix reviews pre-algebra concepts. Dan Pilone is a software architect and teaches project management and software design and engineering at The Catholic U. Tracey Pilone is a freelance technical writer and licensed civil engineer. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book is algebra with a jolt of fresh air and maybe a whiff of a caffeinated beverage. It's a complete algebra learning experience that engages readers by having them play games, solve puzzles, ponder mysteries, learn the fundamentals of Algebra I that current students are struggling with, or parents have long since forgotten. While readers experience the joy of math, they'll learn (almost without noticing) everything they always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about natural numbers, exponents, graphs and graphing, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, solving equations, the quadratic formula, and much more. Like all of the books in our Head First series, "Head First Algebra" uses a visually rich format designed for the way the brain works. Based on the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book combines words and pictures in a playful, mixed-media style that not only helps readers understand a subject, but also to remember it.
About the Author
Tracey Pilone is a freelance technical writer who has supported mission planning and RF analysis software for the Navy. She is a licensed Civil Engineer who has worked in construction management for several years in Washington DC. She has a Civil Engineering degree from Virgina Tech and a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia.
Dan Pilone is a Senior Software Architect with Blueprint Technologies, Inc. He has designed and implemented systems for Hughes, ARINC, UPS, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He also teaches project management, software design, and software engineering at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. Dan has written several books on software development, including "UML 2.0 in a Nutshell" (0-596-00795-7) and "UML 2.0 Pocket Reference" (0-596-10208-9), both O'Reilly.
Table of Contents
Advance Praise for Head First Algebra Authors of Algebra How to use this Book: Intro Chapter 1: What is Algebra?: Solving for unknowns... Chapter 2: (More) Complicated Equations: Taking Algebra on the road Chapter 3: Rules for Numeric Operations: Follow the rules Chapter 4: Exponent Operations: Podcasts that spread like the plague (that's a good thing...) Chapter 5: Graphing: A picture's worth 1,000 words Chapter 6: Inequalities: Can't quite get enough? Chapter 7: Systems of Equations: Know what you don't know Chapter 8: Expanding Binomials and Factoring: Breaking up is hard to do Chapter 9: Quadratic Equations: Getting out of line Chapter 10: Functions: Everyone has limits Chapter 11: Real-World Algebra: Solve the world's problems Leftovers: The Top Five Things (we didn't cover) Pre-Algebra Review: Build on a solid foundation
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