Algebra I For Dummies

Algebra I For Dummies

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Factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations There's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. If you're vexed by variables, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides the plain-English, easy-to-follow guidance you need to get the right solution every time! Now with 25% new and revised content, this easy-to-understand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems with confidence. You'll understand how to factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations. * Includes revised and updated examples and practice problems * Provides explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods * Other titles by Sterling: Algebra II For Dummies and Algebra Workbook For Dummies Whether you're currently enrolled in a high school or college algebra course or are just looking to brush-up your skills, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you friendly and comprehensible guidance on this often difficult-to-grasp more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 186 x 234 x 26mm | 580.6g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0470559640
  • 9780470559642
  • 90,829

About Mary Jane Sterling

Mary Jane Sterling has been teaching algebra, business calculus, geometry, and finite mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years. She is the author of Algebra Workbook For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, and Algebra II Workbook For more

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The pain-free way to ace Algebra I Does the word polynomial make your hair stand on end? Let this friendly guide show you the easy way to tackle algebra. You'll get plain-English explanations of the basics -- and the tougher stuff -- in terms you can understand. Whether you want to brush up on your math skills or help your children with their homework, this book gives you power -- to the nth degree. It's all about numbers -- get the lowdown on numbers -- rational and irrational, integers, and positive and negative Factor in the fun -- discover the easy way to figure out working with prime numbers, factoring, and distributing Don't hate, equate! -- get a handle on the most common equations you'll encounter in algebra, from basic linear problems to the quadratic formula and everything in between Resolve to solve -- learn how to solve linear and quadratic equations, keep equations balanced, and check your work Put it to use -- find out how to apply algebra to tackle measurements, formulas, story problems, and graphs Open the book and find: Plain-English explanations of "algebra speak" How to figure out fractions and deal with decimals Guidance on working with exponents and radicals The rules of divisibility The standard quadratic expression When to use FOIL and unFOIL Special cases for factoring The ground rules for solving equations How to put the Pythagorean theorem to work Learn to: Understand algebra Solve complex problems Find the solution every time Increase your understanding of how algebra worksshow more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Starting Off with the Basics 7 Chapter 1: Assembling Your Tools 9 Chapter 2: Assigning Signs: Positive and Negative Numbers 19 Chapter 3: Figuring Out Fractions and Dealing with Decimals 35 Chapter 4: Exploring Exponents and Raising Radicals 55 Chapter 5: Doing Operations in Order and Checking Your Answers 73 Part II: Figuring Out Factoring 91 Chapter 6: Working with Numbers in Their Prime 93 Chapter 7: Sharing the Fun: Distribution 107 Chapter 8: Getting to First Base with Factoring 127 Chapter 9: Getting the Second Degree 139 Chapter 10: Factoring Special Cases 157 Part III: Working Equations 169 Chapter 11: Establishing Ground Rules for Solving Equations 171 Chapter 12: Solving Linear Equations 183 Chapter 13: Taking a Crack at Quadratic Equations 203 Chapter 14: Distinguishing Equations with Distinctive Powers 223 Chapter 15: Rectifying Inequalities 243 Part IV: Applying Algebra 263 Chapter 16: Taking Measure with Formulas 265 Chapter 17: Formulating for Profi t and Pleasure 281 Chapter 18: Sorting Out Story Problems 291 Chapter 19: Going Visual: Graphing 311 Chapter 20: Lining Up Graphs of Lines 327 Part V: The Part of Tens 345 Chapter 21: The Ten Best Ways to Avoid Pitfalls 347 Chapter 22: The Ten Most Famous Equations 353 Index 357show more

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