The Math Handbook

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-02
  • Publisher: Quercus
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This is the perfect introduction for those who have a lingering fear of math. If you think that math is difficult, confusing, dull or just plain scary, then The Math Handbookis your ideal companion . Covering all the basics including fractions, equations, primes, squares and square roots, geometry and fractals, Dr. Richard Elwes will lead you gently towards a greater understanding of this fascinating subject. Even apparently daunting concepts will be explained simply, with the assistance of useful diagrams, and with a refreshing lack of jargon. So whether you're an adult or a student, whether you're the sort of person who does Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, or has always been daunted by numbers at work, school or in everyday life, you won't find a better way of overcoming your nervousness about math and learning to enjoy this most amazing of human discoveries.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
The language of mathematicsp. 4
Additionp. 11
subtractionp. 18
Multiplicationp. 24
Divisionp. 35
Primes, factors and multiplesp. 44
Negative numbers and the number linep. 50
Decimalsp. 57
Fractionsp. 66
Arithmetic with fractionsp. 73
Powersp. 80
The power of 10p. 86
Roots and logsp. 95
Percentages and proportionsp. 102
Algebrap. 110
Equationsp. 117
Anglesp. 124
Trianglesp. 132
Circlesp. 140
Area and Volumep. 148
Polygons and solidsp. 156
Pythagoras' theoremp. 166
Trigonometryp. 174
Coordinatesp. 182
Graphsp. 188
Statisticsp. 197
Probabilityp. 205
Chartsp. 212
Answers to quizzesp. 220
Indexp. 222
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