Synopses & Reviews
Need some serious help solving equations? Totally frustrated by polynomials, parabolas and that dreaded little x? THE MATH DUDE IS HERE TO HELP!Jason Marshall, popular podcast host known to his fans as The Math Dude, understands that algebra can cause agony. But hes determined to show you that you can solve those confusing, scream-inducing math problems--and it wont be as hard as you think! Jason kicks things off with a basic-training boot camp to help you review the essential math youll need to truly "get" algebra. The basics covered, youll be ready to tackle the concepts that make up the core of algebra. Youll get step-by-step instructions and tutorials to help you finally understand the problems that stump you the most, including loads of tips on:
- Working with fractions, decimals, exponents, radicals, functions, polynomials and more
- Solving all kinds of equations, from basic linear problems to the quadratic formula and beyond
- Using graphs and understanding why they make solving complex algebra problems easier
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"Chock-full of diagrams, illustrations, and examples, this book strips away some of the mystery, thereby eliminating common stumbling blocks."--Library Journal
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Jason Marshall, host of the top ranked Math Dude
podcast, kicks things off with a short, basic-training course to review simple math principles youll need to get started. Once youve mastered the key concepts, youll be ready to move on to the main event: understanding algebra. Whether discussing polynomials or giving step-by-step instruction on how to use order of operations to solve equations, Jasons clear, easyto- follow explanations and relevant, real-world examples will have even the most math-averse student basking in an a-ha moment. The book is also loaded with test-taking tips, quick and dirty math memory tricks, and advice for avoiding common mistakes that will help the lessons stick for years (and tests) to come.
The bottom line is this: Algebra is the basic math that underlies most of everyday life. The Math Dude connects the dots and shows you that you already know a lot more than you think.
About the Author
When not writing and hosting the Math Dudes Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast, Jason Marshall works as a staff research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Jason obtained a PhD from Cornell University, where he worked with the team of astronomers that built the IRS (nothing to do with taxes) instrument for the Spitzer Space Telescope and helped teach many physics and astronomy classes. In addition to these astronomical pursuits, Jason has many earthly interests: traveling the world, tinkering with technology, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife, Shannon, fixing up their small but increasingly comfortable Los Angeles area home.