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Algebra I Essentials For Dummies

Algebra I Essentials For Dummies

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By (author) Mary Jane Sterling

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 15mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 24 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470618345
  • ISBN 13: 9780470618349
  • Sales rank: 142,056

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With its use of multiple variables, functions, and formulas algebra can be confusing and overwhelming to learn and easy to forget. Perfect for students who need to review or reference critical concepts, Algebra I Essentials For Dummies provides content focused on key topics only, with discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical Algebra I course, from functions and FOILs to quadratic and linear equations. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical algebra concepts as they help students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom who just need a refresher of the core concepts. The Essentials For Dummies Series Dummies is proud to present our new series, The Essentials For Dummies. Now students who are prepping for exams, preparing to study new material, or who just need a refresher can have a concise, easy-to-understand review guide that covers an entire course by concentrating solely on the most important concepts. From algebra and chemistry to grammar and Spanish, our expert authors focus on the skills students most need to succeed in a subject.

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Mary Jane Sterling is professor ofmathematics at Bradley University.She is the author of many booksincluding Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition and Algebra Workbook For Dummies.

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Just the critical concepts you need for cramming, homework help, and referenceWhether you're cramming, you're studying new material, or you just need a refresher, this compact guide gives you a concise, easy-to-follow review of the most important concepts covered in a typical Algebra I course. Free of review and ramp-up materials, it lets you skip right to the parts where you need the most help. It's that easy!Set the scene -- get the lowdown on everything you'll encounter in algebra, from words andsymbols to decimals and fractionsPlant your roots (and exponents) -- find out how powers and roots factor into algebra problemsPlay by the rules -- follow alongside easy-to-grasp explanations to solve linear, quadratic, and cubic equationsGet a grip on graphing -- learn how to graph a line, incorporate intercepts, and compute slopesTell a story -- discover how to use algebra to solve everyday problems, from making sense of financial investments to calculating distance formulasOpen the book and find: Quick, focused lessons on key topicsThe basic rules of algebraHow to change decimals tofractions (and vice versa)Guidance on getting numbers and variables to cooperateTips for facing the factoring methodWhen to use FOILHow to work with inequalitiesSample equations for you to test your skillsWarning signs of algebraic pitfallsLearn to: Exactly what you need to know to ace Algebra IThe "must-know" formulas and equationsConcise coverage of key topics

Table of contents

Introduction. Chapter 1: Setting the Scene for Actions in Algebra. Chapter 2: Examining Powers and Roots. Chapter 3: Ordering and Distributing: The Business of Algebra. Chapter 4: Factoring in the First and Second Degrees. Chapter 5: Broadening the Factoring Horizon. Chapter 6: Solving Linear Equations. Chapter 7: Tackling Second-Degree Quadratic Equations. Chapter 8: Expanding the Equation Horizon. Chapter 9: Reconciling Inequalities. Chapter 10: Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities. Chapter 11: Making Algebra Tell a Story. Chapter 12: Putting Geometry into Story Problems. Chapter 13: Grappling with Graphing. Chapter 14: Ten Warning Signs of Algebraic Pitfalls. Index.