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Synopsis
(back cover)
Really. This won't hurt at all . . .
The thought of having to learn pre-algebra once turned brave students into cowards . . . but no more!
THE PAIN VANISHES WHEN YOU TRANSFORM PRE-ALGEBRA INTO FUN--
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FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter One: Rational Numbers Rational Numbers
Writing Fractions as Decimals
Writing Decimals as Fractions
Comparing and Ordering Fractions and Decimals
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Multiplying Fractions
Dividing Fractions
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Two: Basic Algebra Properties of Numbers
Order of Operations
Writing Expressions
Evaluating Expressions
One-Step Equations
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Three: Ratios and Proportions Ratio, Rate, Unit Rate
Calculating Unit Rate
Proportions
Proportion Word Problems
Metric Conversions
Customary Conversions
Similar Figures
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Four: Percents Discount and Sale Price
Tax
Interest
Percent Increase and Decrease
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Five: Integers Graphing Points
What Are Integers?
Comparing and Ordering Integers
Absolute Value and Opposites
Adding Integers
Subtracting Integers
Multiplying and Dividing Integers
Order of Operations with Integers
One-Step Equations with Integers
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Six: Exponents and Roots Exponents
Properties of Exponents
Negative Exponents
Scientific Notation
Squares and Square Roots
Estimating Square Roots
The Real Number System
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Seven: Multistep Equationsand Inequalities
Two-Step Equations
Combining Like Terms
The Distributive Property
Multistep Equations
Variables on Both Sides
Inequalities
One-Step Inequalities by Multiplying or Dividing
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Eight: Linear Equations Graphing a Line Using a Table of Values
Graphing Horizontal and Vertical Lines
x- and y- Intercepts
Slope
Slope-Intercept Form of a Line
Graphing Using the Slope-Intercept
Writing the Equation of a Line
Systems of Equations
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Chapter Nine: Polynomials Polynomials
Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Multiplying Polynomials by a Monomial
Multiplying Binomials
Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial
GCF
Factoring Trinomials
Brain Ticklers--The Answers
Index