Algebra for Dummies

Algebra for Dummies

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One of the most commonly asked questions in a mathematics classroom is, "Will I ever use this stuff in real life?" Some teachers can give a good, convincing answer; others hem and haw and stare at the floor. The real response to the question should be, "Yes, you will, because algebra gives you power" -- the power to help your children with their math homework, the power to manage your finances, the power to be successful in your career (especially if you have to manage the company budget). The list goes on. Algebra is a system of mathematical symbols and rules that are universally understood, no matter what the spoken language. Algebra provides a clear, methodical process that can be followed from beginning to end to solve complex problems. There's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. For those of you who are challenged by working with numbers, Algebra For Dummies can provide the help you need. 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.
But rest assured, this book is not about memorizing a bunch of meaningless steps; you find out the whys behind algebra to increase your understanding of how algebra works. In Algebra For Dummies, you'll discover the following topics and more: * All about numbers -- rational and irrational, variables, and positive and negative * Figuring out fractions and decimals * Explaining exponents and radicals * Solving linear and quadratic equations * Understanding formulas and solving story problems * Having fun with graphs * Top Ten lists on common algebraic errors, factoring tips, and divisibility rules. No matter if you're 16 years old or 60 years old; no matter if you're learning algebra for the first time or need a quick refresher course; no matter if you're cramming for an algebra test, helping your kid with his or her homework, or coming up with next year's company budget, Algebra For Dummies can give you the tools you need to succeed.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 185.42 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764553259
  • 9780764553257
  • 396,768

Table of contents

Introduction. About This Book. What Not to Read. Foolish Assumptions. How This Book Is Organized. Where to Go from Here. Part I: Starting Off with the Basics. Chapter 1: Assembling Your Tools. Chapter 2: Assigning Signs: Positive and Negative Numbers. Chapter 3: Figuring Out Fractions and Dealing with Decimals. Chapter 4: Exploring Exponents and Raising Radicals. Chapter 5: Doing Operations in Order and Checking Your Answers. Chapter 6: Prepping for Operations. Part II: Figuring Out Factoring. Chapter 7: Working with Numbers in Their Prime. Chapter 8: Sharing the Fun: Distributing. Chapter 9: Factoring in the First Degree. Chapter 10: Getting the Second Degree. Chapter 11: Factoring Special Cases. Part III: Working Equations. Chapter 12: Lining Up for Linear Equations. Chapter 13: Solving Linear Equations. Chapter 14: Taking a Crack at Quadratic Equations. Chapter 15: Distinguishing Equations with Distinctive Powers. Chapter 16: Fixing Inequalities. Part IV: Applying Algebra. Chapter 17: Making Formulas Behave. Chapter 18: Sorting Out Story Problems. Chapter 19: Going Visual: Graphing. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: The Ten Most Common Errors. Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Factor a Polynomial. Chapter 22: Ten Divisibility Rules. Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Dealing with Story Problems. Glossary. Index. Book Registration Information.
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About Mary Jane Sterling

Mary Jane Sterling has been an educator since graduating from college. Teaching at the junior high, high school, and college levels, she has had the full span of experiences and opportunities while working in education. She has been teaching at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for the past twenty years.
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