Basic Math and PreAlgebra For Dummies, 2nd EditionISBN: 9781119293637
384 pages
June 2016

Description
Tips for simplifying tricky basic math and prealgebra operations
Whether you're a student preparing to take algebra or a parent who wants or needs 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 math skills to tackle more advanced topics, such as imaginary numbers, variables, and algebraic equations.
 Explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods
 Relevant cultural vernacular and references
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Basic Math & PreAlgebra For Dummies takes the intimidation out of tricky operations and helps you get ready for algebra!
Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Part 1: Getting Started with Basic Math and PreAlgebra 5
CHAPTER 1: Playing the Numbers Game 7
CHAPTER 2: It’s All in the Fingers: Numbers and Digits 23
CHAPTER 3: The Big Four: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division 29
Part 2: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers 47
CHAPTER 4: Putting the Big Four Operations to Work 49
CHAPTER 5: A Question of Values: Evaluating Arithmetic Expressions 63
CHAPTER 6: Say What? Turning Words into Numbers 75
CHAPTER 7: Divisibility 87
CHAPTER 8: Fabulous Factors and Marvelous Multiples 95
Part 3: Parts of the Whole: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 109
CHAPTER 9: Fooling with Fractions 111
CHAPTER 10: Parting Ways: Fractions and the Big Four Operations 125
CHAPTER 11: Dallying with Decimals 149
CHAPTER 12: Playing with Percents 171
CHAPTER 13: Word Problems with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 183
Part 4: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets 195
CHAPTER 14: A Perfect Ten: Condensing Numbers with Scientific Notation 197
CHAPTER 15: How Much Have You Got? Weights and Measures 205
CHAPTER 16: Picture This: Basic Geometry 217
CHAPTER 17: Seeing Is Believing: Graphing as a
Visual Tool 239
CHAPTER 18: Solving Geometry and Measurement Word Problems 247
CHAPTER 19: Figuring Your Chances: Statistics and Probability 259
CHAPTER 20: Setting Things Up with Basic Set Theory 271
Part 5: The XFiles: Introduction to Algebra 279
CHAPTER 21: Enter Mr X: Algebra and Algebraic Expressions 281
CHAPTER 22: Unmasking Mr X: Algebraic Equations 299
CHAPTER 23: Putting Mr X to Work: Algebra Word Problems 311
Part 6: The Part of Tens 321
CHAPTER 24: Ten Little Math Demons That Trip People Up 323
CHAPTER 25: Ten Important Number Sets to Know 329
Index 337
Author Information
Mark Zegarelli is the author of many successful For Dummies titles on math, logic, and test prep topics. He holds degrees in both English and math from Rutgers University and is the founder of SimpleStep Learning, an educational website (https://simplestep.co).