Synopses & Reviews
- Understand fractions, decimals, and percentages
- Unravel algebra word problems
- Work with graphs and measures
- Grasp prime numbers, factors, and multiples
A fun and accessible guide to the fundamentals of math
Somewhere along the line, you fell out of love with numbers. Simple math became difficult, and difficult math became impossible. But fear not, future math whiz—you are holding the solution in your hands! Conquer your math anxiety forever with the easy-to-follow instructions and practical exercises of Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies.
- Master the Basics — understand the Big Four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
- Strength in Numbers — explore counting numbers, integers, rational numbers, and real numbers and learn how to work with each set
- Geometry Simplified — gain a working knowledge of graphs and measurements from every angle
- Parts of the Whole — learn to work confidently with fractions, decimals, and percentages, using real-world examples
- Math Your Way — pick the approach — traditional, easy, or quick trick — that works for you
- Avoid Common Mistakes — learn how to identify and avoid ten annoying math demons
- Unmask Mr. X — tackle basic math and pre-algebra word problems, using single- and multiple-variable equations to find your answers
Open the book and find:
- The basics of math—addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
- Arithmetic expressions, whole numbers, factors, and multiples
- Fractions, decimals, and percentages
- Graphs, measures, stats, and sets
- Scientific notation and basic geometry
- An introduction to algebra and algebra word problems
- Ten math demons and how to avoid them
- Ten important number sets you should know
Synopsis
Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is an updated and refreshed take on this core foundation of math education. From positive, negative, and whole numbers to fractions, decimals, and percents, readers will build the necessary skills to tackle more advanced topics, such as imaginary numbers, variables, and algebraic equations. Updates include:
- Explanations and practical examples that mirror today’s teaching methods
- Relevant cultural vernacular and references
- Standard For Dummies materials that match the current standard and design
Synopsis
Tips for simplifying tricky basic math and pre-algebra operationsWhether you're a student preparing to take algebra or a parent who wants or needs to brush up on basic math, this fun, friendly guide has the tools you need to get in gear. From positive, negative, and whole numbers to fractions, decimals, and percents, you'll build necessary math skills to tackle more advanced topics, such as imaginary numbers, variables, and algebraic equations.
- Explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods
- Relevant cultural vernacular and references
- Standard For Dummies materials that match the current standard and design
Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies takes the intimidation out of tricky operations and helps you get ready for algebra!
About the Author
Mark Zegarelli is the author of seven highly successful For Dummies titles on math, logic, and test prep topics. He holds degrees in both English and math from Rutgers University and is a math tutor and teacher.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Part I: Getting Started with Basic Math and Pre-Algebra 5
Chapter 1: Playing the Numbers Game 7
Chapter 2: It's All in the Fingers: Numbers and Digits 25
Chapter 3: The Big Four: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division 31
Part II: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers 49
Chapter 4: Putting the Big Four Operations to Work 51
Chapter 5: A Question of Values: Evaluating Arithmetic Expressions 67
Chapter 6: Say What? Turning Words into Numbers 79
Chapter 7: Divisibility 91
Chapter 8: Fabulous Factors and Marvelous Multiples 99
Part III: Parts of the Whole: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 113
Chapter 9: Fooling with Fractions 115
Chapter 10: Parting Ways: Fractions and the Big Four Operations 131
Chapter 11: Dallying with Decimals 157
Chapter 12: Playing with Percents 181
Chapter 13: Word Problems with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 193
Part IV: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets 205
Chapter 14: A Perfect Ten: Condensing Numbers with Scientific Notation 207
Chapter 15: How Much Have You Got? Weights and Measures 215
Chapter 16: Picture This: Basic Geometry 227
Chapter 17: Seeing Is Believing: Graphing as a Visual Tool 249
Chapter 18: Solving Geometry and Measurement Word Problems 257
Chapter 19: Figuring Your Chances: Statistics and Probability 269
Chapter 20: Setting Things Up with Basic Set Theory 281
Part V: The X-Files: Introduction to Algebra 289
Chapter 21: Enter Mr. X: Algebra and Algebraic Expressions 291
Chapter 22: Unmasking Mr. X: Algebraic Equations 309
Chapter 23: Putting Mr. X to Work: Algebra Word Problems 321
Part VI: The Part of Tens 331
Chapter 24: Ten Little Math Demons That Trip People Up 333
Chapter 25: Ten Important Number Sets to Know 339
Index 347