Basic Maths Practice Problems For Dummies

Basic Maths Practice Problems For Dummies

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By (author) Colin Beveridge

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 378 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 20mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118351622
  • ISBN 13: 9781118351628
  • Sales rank: 120,256

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Fun, friendly coaching and all the practice you need to tackle maths problems with confidence and ease. In 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; and, 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; and, size up weights and measures.

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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 full--time maths tutor, helping adults, GCSE, A--level 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