Algebra I For Dummies

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-24
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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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 works

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 subject.

Author Biography

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 Dummies.

Table of Contents


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.

Part II: Figuring Out Factoring.

Chapter 6: Working with Numbers in Their Prime.

Chapter 7: Sharing the Fun: Distribution.

Chapter 8: Getting to First Base with Factoring.

Chapter 9: Getting the Second Degree.

Chapter 10: Factoring Special Cases.

Part III: Working Equations.

Chapter 11: Establishing Ground Rules for Solving Equations.

Chapter 12: Solving Linear Equations.

Chapter 13: Taking a Crack at Quadratic Equations.

Chapter 14: Distinguishing Equations with Distinctive Powers.

Chapter 15: Rectifying Inequalities.

Part IV: Applying Algebra.

Chapter 16: Taking Measure with Formulas.

Chapter 17: Formulating for Profi t and Pleasure.

Chapter 18: Sorting Out Story Problems.

Chapter 19: Going Visual: Graphing.

Chapter 20: Lining Up Graphs of Lines.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: The Ten Best Ways to Avoid Pitfalls.

Chapter 22: The Ten Most Famous Equations.


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Very Useful Book July 28, 2011
This textbook does not present numerous problems for one to work through. BUT it does explain all the essential concepts of algebra so that a person will not only understand the steps taken in working out a problem, but will have a firm grasp in understanding most everything related to the entire subject. This is a great supplement to those who are learning algebra for the first time, or those who have largely forgotten it.
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