Basic Math & Pre-Algebra

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-04-17
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Master the fundamentals first for a smoother ride through math

Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies is your ticket to finally getting a handle on math! Designed to help you strengthen your weak spots and pinpoint problem areas, this book provides hundreds of practice problems to help you get over the hump. Each section includes a brief review of key concepts and full explanations for every practice problem, so you'll always know exactly where you went wrong. The companion website gives you access to quizzes for each chapter, so you can test your understanding and identify your sticking points before moving on to the next topic. You'll brush up on the rules of basic operations, and then learn what to do when the numbers just won't behave—negative numbers, inequalities, algebraic expressions, scientific notation, and other tricky situations will become second nature as you refresh what you know and learn what you missed.

Each math class you take builds on the ones that came before; if you got lost somewhere around fractions, you'll have a difficult time keeping up in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus—so don't fall behind! This book provides plenty of practice and patient guidance to help you slay the math monster once and for all.

  • Make sense of fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Learn how to handle inequalities, exponents, square roots, and absolute values
  • Simplify expressions and solve simple algebraic equations
  • Find your way around a triangle, circle, trapezoid, and more

Once you get comfortable with the rules and operations, math takes on a whole new dimension. Curiosity replaces anxiety, and problems start feeling like puzzles rather than hurdles. All it takes is practice. Basic Math & Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies is your ultimate math coach, with hundreds of guided practice practice problems to help you break through the math barrier.

Author Biography

Mark Zegarelli is a math and test prep teacher who has written a wide variety of basic math and pre-algebra books in the For Dummies series.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with Basic Math and Pre-Algebra 5

CHAPTER 1: We've Got Your Numbers 7

CHAPTER 2: Smooth Operators: Working with the Big Four Operations 23

CHAPTER 3: Getting Down with Negative Numbers 37

CHAPTER 4: It's Just an Expression 49

CHAPTER 5: Dividing Attention: Divisibility, Factors, and Multiples 69

Part 2: Slicing Things Up: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 89

CHAPTER 6: Fractions Are a Piece of Cake 91

CHAPTER 7: Fractions and the Big Four 109

CHAPTER 8: Getting to the Point with Decimals 143

CHAPTER 9: Playing the Percentages 165

Part 3: A Giant Step Forward: Intermediate Topics 177

CHAPTER 10: Seeking a Higher Power through Scientific Notation 179

CHAPTER 11: Weighty Questions on Weights and Measures 189

CHAPTER 12: Shaping Up with Geometry 203

CHAPTER 13: Getting Graphic: Xy-Graphs 223

Part 4: The X Factor: Introducing Algebra 235

CHAPTER 14: Expressing Yourself with Algebraic Expressions 237

CHAPTER 15: Finding the Right Balance: Solving Algebraic Equations 259

Part 5: The Part of Tens 277

CHAPTER 16: Ten Alternative Numeral and Number Systems 279

CHAPTER 17: Ten Curious Types of Numbers 287

Index 293

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