Synopses & Reviews
Fun, friendly coaching and all the practice you need to tackle maths problems with confidence and easeIn his popular Basic Maths For Dummies, professional maths tutor Colin Beveridge proved that he could turn anyone even the most maths-phobic person into a natural-born number cruncher. In this book he supplies more of his unique brand of maths-made- easy coaching, plus 2,000 practice problems to help you master what you learn. Whether you're prepping for a numeracy test or an employability exam, thinking of returning to school, or you'd just like to be one of those know-it-alls who says, 'Oh, that's easy!' about any maths problem that comes your way, this book is for you.
- Master basic arithmetic, fast in no time, solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems will seem as easy as tying your shoes
- Face down fractions you'll never again feel shy around fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios
- Juggle weights and measures like a pro whether it's a question of how much it weighs, how long (or far) it is, or how much it costs, you'll never be at a loss for an answer
- Make shapes your playthings circles, squares, triangles and rectangles you'll measure them, draw them and manipulate them with ease
Open the book and find:
- 2,000 pencil-and-paper practice problems
- The keys to mastering addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- The lowdown on fractions, decimals and percentages
- Basic geometry made easy
- How to handle weights, measures and money problems
- How to read charts, tables and graphs at a glance
Learn to:
- Master maths with more than 2,000 practice questions
- Add, subtract, multiply and divide with confidence
- Work with decimals, fractions and percentages
- Size up weights and measures
About the Author
Colin Beveridge holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of St Andrews. He gave up a position as a researcher at Montana State University (working with NASA, among other projects) to become a fulltime maths tutor, helping adults, GCSE, Alevel and university students overcome their fear of maths a position he finds far more enjoyable than real work.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Part I: The Building Blocks of Maths 7
Chapter 1: Getting Started 9
Chapter 2: Introducing the Basics: Addition and Subtraction 17
Chapter 3: Equal Piles: Multiplying and Dividing 35
Chapter 4: Are We Nearly There Yet? Estimating and Rounding 53
Part II: Working with Parts of the Whole 67
Chapter 5: Facing Fractions without Fear 69
Chapter 6: What’s the Point? Dealing with Decimals 91
Chapter 7: It’s All Relative: Tackling Ratio and Proportion 107
Chapter 8: Working Out Perfect Percentages, 100% of the Time 127
Part III: Real-life Maths 147
Chapter 9: Clocking Time 149
Chapter 10: Counting the Cash: Dealing with Money 171
Chapter 11: Working with Weights 189
Chapter 12: Feeling the Heat: Getting to Grips with Temperature 203
Chapter 13: Sizing Up Shapes 219
Chapter 14: Sharpening Your Knowledge of Shapes 241
Part IV: Speaking Statistically 259
Chapter 15: Mining Data (No Hard Hat Required) 261
Chapter 16: Grappling with Graphs 289
Chapter 17: Average Joe: Sussing Out Statistics 299
Chapter 18: What Are the Chances? Playing with Probability 313
Part V: The Part of Tens 325
Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Ways to Check Your Work 327
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Remembering Your Number Facts 333
Chapter 21: Ten Top Tips for Getting Things Right 341
Index 347