Synopses & Reviews
This book shows students how to play many different fascinating numbers games, such as
Dazzling Division of fractions, which makes numbers grow
larger when they are divided!
Painless Fractions is filled with intriguing "Brain Ticklers" and complemented with humorous illustrations. Titles in Barron's extensive
Painless Series cover most subjects taught on middle school and high school levels, and are written for students who find the subjects unusually difficult and confusing--or in some cases, just plain boring.
Painless Series authors, all of them experienced educators, are experts at clearing up aspects of their subjects that students are likely to find confusing. These books also perk up students' interest by emphasizing the attention-catching ways in which the subjects can be put to practical use. Most
Painless Series titles take a light-hearted approach to their subjects, and all of them present fun-to-solve challenges with puzzles, games, and "Brain Tickler" problems. Although
Painless Series titles are written primarily for middle school and high school students, older students and adults who need to refresh their skills will also find these books extremely helpful.
NEW BONUS FEATURE: Printed inside each new title is a code that gives kids FREE access to subject-related apps. They're arcade games themed to match each book's Painless subject. The apps can be downloaded on any iPhone, iTouch, iPad, or Android device.
Synopsis
(back cover)
Really. This won't hurt at all . . .
The thought of having to learn
fractions once turned brave
students into cowards . . .
but no more!
THE PAIN VANISHES WHEN
YOU TRANSFORM
FRACTIONS INTO FUN--
Learn how to solve fun fractions puzzles by using simple math rules See how understanding fractions will help you figure out practical problems in everyday life Discover painless methods for learning to use fractions, convert them into decimals and percentages, and more Test your learning progress with fun quizzes and "Brain Ticklers"
And take advantage of
Barron's FREE Painless
Fractions app
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Table of Contents
Tantalizing Table of Contents:
Introduction
- Chapter One: Reading Attitudes and
Patterns
Bright Beginnings
- Chapter One: Intriguing Introduction
What Is a Fraction?
Important Terms
Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
Multiples
Factors
Reducing Fractions
Building an Equivalent Fraction
- Chapter Two: Countless Comparisons
Comparing Two Fractions
Comparing Three Fractions
Comparing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
- Chapter Three: Magnificent Multiplication
Two Proper Fractions
Whole Numbers with Proper Fractions
Mixed Numbers
Whole Numbers with Mixed Numbers
Three or More Fractions
- Chapter Four: Dazzling Division in a
Fraction of the Time
Two Proper Fractions
Two Mixed Numbers
Whole Number and Proper Fraction
Mixed Number and Whole Number
- Chapter Five: Awesome Addition
Same Super Denominator
Proper Fractions
Mixed Number and Proper Fraction
Whole Number and Mixed Number
Two Mixed Numbers
Different Delightful Denominators
Proper Fractions
Mixed Numbers
Three or More Fractions
- Chapter Six: Sparkling Subtraction
Same Super Denominator
Different Delightful Denominators
Mixed Number and Whole Number
(without borrowing)
Mixed Number and Whole Number
(with borrowing)
Mixed Numbers (with borrowing)
Addition-Subtraction Combo
- Chapter Seven: Exceptional Exponents
Strategy and Samples
- Chapter Eight: Outrageous Order of
Operations
Strategy and Samples
- Chapter Nine: Refreshing Ratios,
Remarkable Rates, and
Popular Proportions
Refreshing Ratios
Remarkable Rates
Popular Proportions
- Chapter Ten: The Dreaded and
Disliked Word Problems
Strategy for Word Problems--Preview, View, Do,
and Review
Wordy Examples
Addition
Subtraction
Multiplication
Division
- Chapter Eleven: Plenty of Practice
Even More Brain Ticklers
Going on a Picnic
Puzzling Fractions #1
Puzzling Fractions #2
Puzzling Fractions #3
Incorrect Solutions
Word Search
- Chapter Twelve: Family Activities
with Fractions
Family Activities with Fractions
Sorting Objects
Pizza
Marbles or Candy
Money
Time and the Clock
Folding Paper
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Recipe
Picnic
Shopping
The Ruler
In the House
Amusement Park
- Appendix: Fractions Resources
on the Web
- Index