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Basic math & pre-algebra for dummies

Author: Mark Zegarelli
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., ©2007.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers explanations of concepts such as whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents, and covers advanced topics including imaginary numbers, variables, and algebraic equations.
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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Zegarelli
ISBN: 9780470135372 0470135379
OCLC Number: 173618210
Notes: "The fun and easy way to understand the basic concepts and problems of pre-algebra."
Includes index.
Description: xvi, 368 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. 1: Arming Yourself With The Basics Of Basic Math --
1: Playing the numbers game --
Inventing numbers --
Understanding number sequences --
Looking at the number line --
Four important sets of numbers --
2: It's all in the fingers-numbers and digits --
Knowing your place value --
Close enough for rock 'n roll: rounding and estimating --
3: Big four: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division --
Adding things up --
Take it away: subtracting --
Multiplying --
Doing division lickety-split --
pt. 2. Getting A Handle On Whole Numbers --
4: Putting the big four operations to work --
Knowing properties of the big four operations --
Big-four operations with negative numbers --
Understanding units --
Understanding inequalities --
Beyond the big four: exponents, square roots, and absolute value --
5: Question of values: evaluating arithmetic expressions --
Three E's of math: equations, expressions, and evaluations --
Equality for all: equations --
Introducing order of operations --
6: Say what? turning words into numbers --
Dispelling two myths about word problems --
Solving basic word problems --
Solving more-complex word problems --
7: Divisibility --
Knowing the divisibility tricks --
Identifying prime and composite numbers --
8: Fabulous factors and marvelous multiples --
Knowing six ways to say the same thing --
Connecting factors and multiples --
Fabulous factors --
Marvelous multiples --
pt. 3. Parts Of The Whole: Fractions, Decimals, And Percents --
9: Fooling with fractions --
Slicing a cake into fractions --
Knowing the fraction facts of life --
Increasing and reducing terms of fractions --
Converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers --
Understanding cross-multiplication --
10: Parting ways: fractions and the big four operations --
Multiplying and dividing fractions --
All together now: adding fractions --
Take it away: subtracting fractions --
Working properly with mixed numbers --
11: Dallying with decimals --
Basic decimal stuff --
Performing the big four with decimals --
Converting between decimals and fractions --
12: Playing with percents --
Making sense of percents --
Dealing with percents greater than 100 percent --
Converting to and from percents, decimals, and fractions --
Solving percent problems --
Putting all the percent problems together --
13: Word problems with fractions, decimals, and percents --
Adding and subtracting parts of the whole in word problems --
Problems about multiplying fractions --
Multiplying decimals and percents in word problems --
Handling percent increases and decreases in word problems --
pt. 4. Picturing And Measuring-Graphs, Measures, Stats, And Sets --
14: Perfect ten: condensing numbers with scientific notation --
First things first: powers of ten as exponents --
Working with scientific notation --
15: How much have you got? weights and measures --
Examining differences between the English and Metric systems --
Estimating and converting between the English and Metric systems --
16: Picture this: basic geometry --
Getting on the plane: points, lines, angles, and shapes --
Closed encounters: shaping up your understanding of 2-D shapes --
Taking a trip to another dimension: solid geometry --
Measuring shapes: perimeter, area, surface area, and volume --
17: Seeing is believing: graphing as a visual tool --
Looking at three important graph styles --
Cartesian coordinates --
18: Solving geometry and measurements word problems --
Chain gang: solving measurement problems with conversion chains --
Solving geometry word problems --
Together at last: putting geometry and measurements in one problem --
19: Figuring your chances: statistics and probability --
Gathering data mathematically: basic statistics --
Looking at likelihoods: basic probability --
20: Setting things up with basic set theory --
Understanding sets --
Operations on sets --
pt. 5. X-Files: Introduction To Algebra --
21: Enter Mr X: algebra and algebraic expressions --
X marks the spot --
Expressing yourself with algebraic expressions --
Simplifying algebraic expressions --
22: Unmasking Mr X: algebraic equations --
Understanding algebraic equations --
Balancing act: solving for X --
Rearranging equations and isolating X --
23: Putting Mr X to work: algebra word problems --
Solving algebra word problems in five steps --
Choosing your variable wisely --
Solving more-complex algebraic problems --
pt. 6. Part Of Tens --
24: Ten key math concepts you shouldn't ignore --
Getting set with sets --
Playing with prime numbers --
Zero: much ado about nothing --
Going Greek: Pi(p) --
On the level: equal signs and equations --
On the grid: the cartesian graph --
In and out: relying on functions --
Exploring the infinite --
Real number line --
Imaginary number i --
25: Ten important number sets you should know --
Counting on counting (or natural) numbers --
Identifying integers --
Knowing the rationale behind rational numbers --
Making sense of irrational numbers --
Absorbing algebraic numbers --
Moving through transcendental numbers --
Getting grounded in real numbers --
Trying to imagine imaginary numbers --
Grasping the complexity of complex numbers --
Going beyond the infinite with transfinite numbers --
Index.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Other Titles: Basic math and pre-algebra for dummies
Responsibility: by Mark Zegarelli.
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