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Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-29363-7
384 pages
June 2016
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Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293637) was previously published as Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781118791981). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.

Tips for simplifying tricky basic math and pre-algebra 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
  • Standard For Dummiesmaterials that match the current standard and design

Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies takes the intimidation out of tricky operations and helps you get ready for algebra!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with Basic Math and Pre-Algebra 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 X-Files: 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

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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).

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