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Algebra I Workbook For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-04922-8
312 pages
August 2011
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From signed numbers to story problems — calculate equations with ease

Practice is the key to improving your algebra skills, and that's what this workbook is all about. This hands-on guide focuses on helping you solve the many types of algebra problems you'll encounter in a focused, step-by-step manner. With just enough refresher explanations before each set of problems, this workbook shows you how to work with fractions, exponents, factoring, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, graphs, and more!

100s of problems!

Hundreds of practice exercises and helpful explanations

Explanations mirror teaching methods and classroom protocols

Focused, modular content presented in step-by-step lessons

  • Practice on hundreds of Algebra I problems

  • Review key concepts and formulas

  • Get complete answer explanations for all problems

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty on Basic Operations 7

Chapter 1: Deciphering Signs in Numbers 9

Chapter 2: Incorporating Algebraic Properties 19

Chapter 3: Making Fractions and Decimals Behave 27

Chapter 4: Exploring Exponents 47

Chapter 5: Taming Rampaging Radicals 57

Chapter 6: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions 69

Part II: Changing the Format of Expressions 79

Chapter 7: Specializing in Multiplication Matters 81

Chapter 8: Dividing the Long Way to Simplify Algebraic Expressions 93

Chapter 9: Figuring on Factoring 105

Chapter 10: Taking the Bite Out of Binomial Factoring 113

Chapter 11: Factoring Trinomials and Special Polynomials 119

Part III: Seek and Ye Shall Find. . .Solutions 135

Chapter 12: Lining Up Linear Equations 137

Chapter 13: Muscling Up to Quadratic Equations 155

Chapter 14: Yielding to Higher Powers 169

Chapter 15: Reeling in Radical and Absolute Value Equations 181

Chapter 16: Getting Even with Inequalities 191

Part IV: Solving Story Problems and Sketching Graphs 205

Chapter 17: Facing Up to Formulas 207

Chapter 18: Making Formulas Work in Basic Story Problems 221

Chapter 19: Relating Values in Story Problems 235

Chapter 20: Measuring Up with Quality and Quantity Story Problems 245

Chapter 21: Getting a Handle on Graphing 257

Part V: The Part of Tens 285

Chapter 22: Ten Common Errors That Get Noticed 287

Chapter 23: Ten Quick Tips to Make Algebra a Breeze 291

Index 295

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Author Information

Mary Jane Sterling is the author of Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Trigonometry For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, Math Word Problems For Dummies, Business Math For Dummies, and Linear Algebra For Dummies. She taught junior high and high school math for many years before beginning her current 30-years-and-counting tenure at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Mary Jane especially enjoys working with future teachers and trying out new technology.
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