Synopses & Reviews
If you think algebra has to be boring, confusing and unrelated to anything in the real world, think again Written in a humorous, conversational style, this book gently nudges students toward success in pre-algebra and Algebra I. With its engaging question/answer format and helpful practice problems, glossary and index, it is ideal for homeschoolers, tutors and students striving for classroom excellence. It features funky icons and lively cartoons by award-winning Santa Fe artist Sally Blakemore, an Emergency Fact Sheet tear-out poster, and even an Algebra Wilderness board game guaranteed to help students steer clear of Negatvieland--and have fun.The Algebra Survival Guide is the winner of a Paretns' Choice award, and it meets the Standards 2000 of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Its 12 content chapters tackle all the trickiest topics: Properties, Sets of Numbers, Order of Operations, Absolute Value, Exponents, Radicals, Factoring, Cancelling, Solving Equations, the Coordinate Plane and yes even those dreaded word problems. The Guide is loaded with practice problems and answers, and its 288 pages give students the boost they need in a style they'll enjoy to master the skills of algebra.
Praised by leading educational journals, the Algebra Survival Guide uses humor, cartoons, and crystal- clear explanations to help students tackle the trickiest topics of pre-algebra and Algebra I. The text features a lively question-and-answer format, step-by-step instructions, and practice problems with answer. Also includes a tear-out "Emergency Fact Sheet" poster and a board game. 288 pages + posters + board game.
It s no secret that algebra gives students the jitters, and word problems give them the shakes. As a dastardly duo, the word problems of algebra are just about as nerve-wracking as anything in the teenage years. But now there s a new book that rescues students from this combination of confusion: the Algebra Survival Guide, Second Edition.
Following on the success of the Algebra Survival Guide s First Edition, written by longtime teacher/tutor Josh Rappaport, the Second Edition takes a hard look at algebra s word problems and offers time-tested advice for cracking them. With a new 62-page chapter devoted to these word problems, the new edition tackles the ultimate math nightmares of the puberty years: problems involving rate, time and distance, work performed, and mixture formulas, among others.
With twelve additional content chapters that explain fundamental and advanced areas of algebra, the 352-page Second Edition guides students to success in pre-algebra and Algebra I. The Guide features a unique question/answer format so students hear their own questions echoed in the text. The book s answers, written in the voice of a friendly tutor, provide lucid explanation and answers, along with step-by-step instructions with explanations in English right next to the math steps. At the end of each one-page lesson, the book presents practice problems, giving students instant feedback on their grasp of the math. Additional chapter tests provide comprehensive checks for understanding.
The new edition boasts an expanded glossary and index, and contains a navigation tool that helps students know exactly where they are in the program. In addition, the Guide is adorned with lively illustrations by award-winning artist Sally Blakemore. These cartoons not only provide well-deserved comic relief for math learners, they also offer a visual way to grasp algebra s challenging abstractions. (Example: to illustrate the Reflexive Property of a = a, the cartoon shows a sad x variable looking in the mirror while experiencing a bad hair day. ) With all of these features, the Second Edition Algebra Survival Guide is ideal for homeschoolers, tutors and students striving for algebra excellence.
The Second Edition also aligns with the current Common Core State Standards for Math, so it s ideal for today s teachers, as well. Its content chapters tackle the trickiest topics of algebra: Properties, Sets of Numbers, Order of Operations, Absolute Value, Exponents, Radicals, Factoring, Cancelling, Solving Equations, and the Coordinate Plane. Loaded with thorough explanations, practice problems and answers, the new Algebra Survival Guide gives students the boost they need in a style they'll enjoy to master the skills of algebra.