Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies
Get the skills you need to solve problems and equations and be ready for algebra class
Whether you're a student preparing to take algebra or a parent who wants to brush up on basic math, this fun, friendly guide has the tools you need to get in gear. From positive, negative, and whole numbers to fractions, decimals, and percents, you'll build necessary skills to tackle more advanced topics, such as imaginary numbers, variables, and algebraic equations.
* Understand fractions, decimals, and percents
Unravel algebra word problems
Grasp prime numbers, factors, and multiples
Work with graphs and measures
Solve single and multiple variable equations
Part I: Arming Yourself with the Basics of Basic Math.
Chapter 1: Playing the Numbers Game.
Chapter 2: It’s All in the Fingers — Numbers and Digits.
Chapter 3: The Big Four: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.
Part II: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers.
Chapter 4: Putting the Big Four Operations to Work.
Chapter 5: A Question of Values: Evaluating Arithmetic Expressions.
Chapter 6: Say What? Turning Words into Numbers.
Chapter 7: Divisibility.
Chapter 8: Fabulous Factors and Marvelous Multiples.
Part III: Parts of the Whole: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.
Chapter 9: Fooling with Fractions.
Chapter 10: Parting Ways: Fractions and the Big Four Operations.
Chapter 11: Dallying with Decimals.
Chapter 12: Playing with Percents.
Chapter 13: Word Problems with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.
Part IV: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets.
Chapter 14: A Perfect Ten: Condensing Numbers with Scientific Notation.
Chapter 15: How Much Have You Got? Weights and Measures.
Chapter 16: Picture This: Basic Geometry.
Chapter 17: Seeing Is Believing: Graphing as a Visual Tool.
Chapter 18: Turning Geometry and Measurements into Word Problems.
Chapter 19: Figuring Your Chances: Statistics and Probability.
Chapter 20: Setting Things Up with Basic Set Theory.
Part V: The X-Files: Introduction to Algebra.
Chapter 21: Enter Mr. X: Algebra and Algebraic Expressions.
Chapter 22: Unmasking Mr. X: Algebraic Equations.
Chapter 23: Putting Mr. X to Work: Algebra Word Problems.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Ten Key Math Concepts You Shouldn’t Ignore.
Chapter 25: Ten Important Number Sets You Should Know.