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U Can: Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies

U Can: Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies

Mark Zegarelli

ISBN: 978-1-119-06795-5

Jul 2015

528 pages

$19.99

Description

The fun and friendly guide to really understanding math

U Can: Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies is the fun, friendly guide to making sense of math. It walks you through the "how" and "why" to help you master the crucial operations that underpin every math class you'll ever take. With no-nonsense lessons, step-by-step instructions, practical examples, and plenty of practice, you'll learn how to manipulate non-whole numbers, tackle pesky fractions, deal with weights and measures, simplify algebraic expressions, and so much more. The "learn it – do it" style helps you move at your own pace, with lesson-sized explanations, examples, and practice. You also get access to 1,001 more practice problems online, where you can create customized quizzes and study the topics where you need the most help.

Math can be hard — and the basics in U Can: Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies lay the foundation for classes down the line. Consider this resource as your guide to math mastery, with step-by-step help for learning to:

  • Put numbers in their place
  • Make sense of fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Get a grasp of basic geometry
  • Simplify basic algebraic equations

Believe it or not, math can be fun! And the better you understand it now, the more likely you are to do well in school, earn a degree, and get a good job. U Can: Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies gives you the skills, understanding, and confidence you need to conquer math once and for all.

INTRODUCTION 1
PART I: 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 15
PART II: GETTING A HANDLE ON WHOLE NUMBERS 21
Chapter 3: Putting the Big Four Operations to Work 23
Chapter 4: A Question of Values: Evaluating Arithmetic Expressions 59
Chapter 5: Say What? Turning Words into Numbers 81
Chapter 6: Divisibility and Prime Numbers 103
Chapter 7: Fabulous Factors and Marvelous Multiples 121
PART III: PARTS OF THE WHOLE: FRACTIONS, DECIMALS, AND PERCENTS 135
Chapter 8: Fooling with Fractions 137
Chapter 9: Parting Ways: Fractions and the Big Four Operations 161
Chapter 10: Dallying with Decimals 213
Chapter 11: Playing with Percents 253
Chapter 12: Word Problems with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 273
PART IV: PICTURING AND MEASURING: MEASURES, STATS, AND SETS 289
Chapter 13: A Perfect Ten: Condensing Numbers with Scientific Notation 291
Chapter 14: How Much Have You Got? Weights and Measures 305
Chapter 15: Picture This: Basic Geometry 329
Chapter 16: Figuring Your Chances: Statistics and Probability 361
Chapter 17: Setting Things Up with Basic Set Theory 377
PART V: THE X-FILES: INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA 387
Chapter 18: Enter Mr. X: Algebra and Algebraic Expressions 389
Chapter 19: Unmasking Mr. X: Algebraic Equations 421
Chapter 20: Putting Mr. X to Work: Algebra Word Problems 447
PART VI: THE PART OF TENS 465
Chapter 21: Ten Little Math Demons That Trip People Up 467
Chapter 22: Ten Important Number Sets to Know 473
Chapter 23: Ten Curious Types of Numbers 479
Chapter 24: Ten Alternative Numeral and Number Systems 485
INDEX 493