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Business Math For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-23331-3
388 pages
June 2008
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Now, it is easier than ever before to understand complex mathematical concepts and formulas and how they relate to real-world business situations. All you have to do it apply the handy information you will find in Business Math For Dummies. Featuring practical practice problems to help you expand your skills, this book covers topics like using percents to calculate increases and decreases, applying basic algebra to solve proportions, and working with basic statistics to analyze raw data. Find solutions for finance and payroll applications, including reading financial statements, calculating wages and commissions, and strategic salary planning.

Navigate fractions, decimals, and percents in business and real estate transactions, and take fancy math skills to work. You’ll be able to read graphs and tables and apply statistics and data analysis. You’ll discover ways you can use math in finance and payroll investments, banking and payroll, goods and services, and business facilities and operations. You’ll learn how to calculate discounts and markup, use loans and credit, and understand the ins and outs of math for business facilities and operations. You’ll be the company math whiz in no time at all! Find out how to:

  • Read graphs and tables
  • Invest in the future
  • Use loans and credit
  • Navigate bank accounts, insurance, budgets, and payroll
  • Calculate discounts and markup
  • Measure properties and handle mortgages and loans
  • Manage rental and commercial properties

Complete with lists of ten math shortcuts to do in meetings and drive your coworkers nuts and ten tips for reading annual reports, Business MathFor Dummies is your one-stop guide to solving math problems in business situations.

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Introduction.

Part I: Reviewing Basic Math for Business and Real Estate Transactions.

Chapter 1: Starting from the Beginning.

Chapter 2: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.

Chapter 3: Determining Percent Increase and Decrease.

Chapter 4: Dealing with Proportions and Basic Algebra.

Part II: Taking Intriguing Math to Work.

Chapter 5: Working with Formulas.

Chapter 6: Reading Graphs and Charts.

Chapter 7: Measuring the World around You.

Chapter 8: Analyzing Data and Statistics.

Part III: Discovering the Math of Finance and Investments.

Chapter 9: Computing Simple and Compound Interest.

Chapter 10: Investing in the Future.

Chapter 11: Understanding and Managing Investments.

Chapter 12: Using Loans and Credit to Make Purchases.

Part IV: Putting Math to Use in Banking and Payroll.

Chapter 13: Managing Simple Bank Accounts.

Chapter 14: Protecting Against Risk with Insurance.

Chapter 15: Planning for Success with Budgets.

Chapter 16: Dealing with Payroll.

Part V: Successfully Handling the Math Used in the World of Goods and Services.

Chapter 17: Pricing with Markups and Discounts.

Chapter 18: Calculating Profit, Revenue, and Cost.

Chapter 19: Accounting for Overhead and Depreciation.

Chapter 20: Keeping Track of Inventory.

Part VI: Surviving the Math for Business Facilities and Operations.

Chapter 21: Measuring Properties.

Chapter 22: Taking Out Mortgages and Property-Related Loans.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Leasing and Managing Rental Property.

Chapter 24: Ten Things to Watch Out for When Reading Financial Reports.

Index.

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Mary Jane Sterling is the author of four other For Dummies titles: Algebra For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, Trigonometry For Dummies, and Math Word Problems For Dummies. She has honed her math-explaining skills during her years of teaching mathematics at all levels: junior high school, high school, and college. She has been teaching at Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois, for almost 30 of those years.
When not teaching or writing, Mary Jane keeps busy by working with her Kiwanis Club, advising Bradley University’s Circle K Club, and working with members of the Heart of Illinois Aktion Club (for adults with disabilities). All the volunteer projects taken on for these clubs help keep her busy and involved in the community.
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