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Factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations There's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. If you're vexed by variables, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides the plain-English, easy-to-follow guidance you need to get the right solution every time
Now with 25% new and revised content, this easy-to-understand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems with confidence. You'll understand how to factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations. = Includes revised and updated examples and practice problems Provides explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods Other titles by Sterling: Algebra II For Dummies and Algebra Workbook For Dummies
Whether you're currently enrolled in a high school or college algebra course or are just looking to brush-up your skills, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you friendly and comprehensible guidance on this often difficult-to-grasp subject.
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An updated edition of the ultimate guide to understanding biology
We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can't help wondering how things work - starting with our own bodies. Every year millions of high school and college students take introductory biology, wouldn't it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is
From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, Biology For Dummies, 2nd Edition walks you through a high school or introductory college biology course and answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with dozens of illustrations, quick-reference Cheat Sheets, and helpful tables and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with fast-paced, easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms. More than 20% new and updated content, including a substantial overhaul to the organization of topics to make it a friendly classroom supplement Coverage of the most recent developments and discoveries in DNA technology, genetic and forensic science, as well as evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology Includes practical, up-to-date examples
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A plain-English guide to one of the toughest courses around
So, you survived the first semester of Organic Chemistry (maybe even by the skin of your teeth) and now it's time to get back to the classroom Organic Chemistry II For Dummies is an easy-to-understand reference to this often-challenging subject.
Thanks to this book, you'll get friendly and comprehensible guidance on everything you can expect to encounter in your Organic Chemistry II course. An extension of the successful Organic Chemistry I For Dummies Covers topics in a straightforward and effective manner Explains concepts and terms in a fast and easy-to-understand way
Whether you're confused by composites, baffled by biomolecules, or anything in between, Organic Chemistry II For Dummies gives you the help you need--in plain English
Synopsis
Factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equationsThere's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. If you're vexed by variables, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides the plain-English, easy-to-follow guidance you need to get the right solution every time!
Now with 25% new and revised content, this easy-to-understand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems with confidence. You'll understand how to factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations.
- Includes revised and updated examples and practice problems
- Provides explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods
- Other titles by Sterling: Algebra II For Dummies and Algebra Workbook For Dummies
Whether you're currently enrolled in a high school or college algebra course or are just looking to brush-up your skills, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you friendly and comprehensible guidance on this often difficult-to-grasp subject.
Synopsis
The pain-free way to ace Algebra IDoes the word polynomial make your hair stand on end? Let this friendly guide show you the easy way to tackle algebra. You'll get plain-English explanations of the basics — and the tougher stuff — in terms you can understand. Whether you want to brush up on your math skills or help your children with their homework, this book gives you power — to the nth degree.
It's all about numbers — get the lowdown on numbers — rational and irrational, integers, and positive and negative
Factor in the fun — discover the easy way to figure out working with prime numbers, factoring, and distributing
Don't hate, equate! — get a handle on the most common equations you'll encounter in algebra, from basic linear problems to the quadratic formula and everything in between
Resolve to solve — learn how to solve linear and quadratic equations, keep equations balanced, and check your work
Put it to use — find out how to apply algebra to tackle measurements, formulas, story problems, and graphs
Open the book and find:
Plain-English explanations of "algebra speak"
How to figure out fractions and deal with decimals
Guidance on working with exponents and radicals
The rules of divisibility
The standard quadratic expression
When to use FOIL and unFOIL
Special cases for factoring
The ground rules for solving equations
How to put the Pythagorean theorem to work
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About the Author
Mary Jane Sterling has been teaching algebra, business calculus, geometry, and finite mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years. She is the author of Algebra Workbook For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, and Algebra II Workbook For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1Part I: Starting Off with the Basics 7
Chapter 1: Assembling Your Tools 9
Chapter 2: Assigning Signs: Positive and Negative Numbers 19
Chapter 3: Figuring Out Fractions and Dealing with Decimals 35
Chapter 4: Exploring Exponents and Raising Radicals 55
Chapter 5: Doing Operations in Order and Checking Your Answers 73
Part II: Figuring Out Factoring 91
Chapter 6: Working with Numbers in Their Prime 93
Chapter 7: Sharing the Fun: Distribution 107
Chapter 8: Getting to First Base with Factoring 127
Chapter 9: Getting the Second Degree 139
Chapter 10: Factoring Special Cases 157
Part III: Working Equations 169
Chapter 11: Establishing Ground Rules for Solving Equations 171
Chapter 12: Solving Linear Equations 183
Chapter 13: Taking a Crack at Quadratic Equations 203
Chapter 14: Distinguishing Equations with Distinctive Powers 223
Chapter 15: Rectifying Inequalities 243
Part IV: Applying Algebra 263
Chapter 16: Taking Measure with Formulas 265
Chapter 17: Formulating for Profi t and Pleasure 281
Chapter 18: Sorting Out Story Problems 291
Chapter 19: Going Visual: Graphing 311
Chapter 20: Lining Up Graphs of Lines 327
Part V: The Part of Tens 345
Chapter 21: The Ten Best Ways to Avoid Pitfalls 347
Chapter 22: The Ten Most Famous Equations 353
Index 357