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Author: Mark Zegarelli; Krista Fanning
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley Pub., Inc., 2010.
Series: --For dummies.
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Overview: Many students worry about starting algebra. Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies provides an overview of critical pre-algebra concepts to help new algebra students (and their parents) take the next step without fear. Free of ramp-up material, Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies contains content focused on key topics only. It provides discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical pre-algebra  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Zegarelli; Krista Fanning
ISBN: 9780470618387 0470618388
OCLC Number: 503640378
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 180 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Arming yourself with math basics --
Evaluating arithmetic expressions --
Say what? Making sense of word problems --
Figuring out fractions --
Deciphering decimals --
Puzzling gut percents --
Fraction, decimal, and percent word problems --
Using variables in algebraic expressions --
X's secret identity : solving algebraic equations --
Decoding algebra word problems --
Geometry: perimeter, area, surface area, and volume --
Picture it! Graphing information --
Ten essential math concepts. Foolish assumptions --
Where to go from here --
Chapter 1: Arming Yourself With Math Basics --
Understanding sets of numbers --
Big four operations --
Adding things up --
Take it away: subtracting --
Multiplying --
Arriving on the dot --
Speaking parenthetically --
Doing division lickety-split --
Fun and useful properties of the big four operations --
Inverse operations --
Commutative operations --
Associative operations --
Distributing to lighten the load --
Other operations: exponents, square roots, and absolute values --
Understanding exponents --
Discovering your roots --
Figuring out absolute value --
Finding factors --
Generating factors --
Finding the greatest common factor (GCF) --
Finding multiples --
Generating multiples --
Finding the least common multiple (LCM) --
Chapter 2: Evaluating Arithmetic Expressions --
Three E's: equations, expressions, and evaluations --
Equality for all: equations --
Hey, it's just an expression --
Evaluating the situation --
Putting the three E's together --
Following the order of operations --
Order of operations and the big four expressions --
Expressions with only addition and subtraction --
Expressions with only multiplication and division --
Mixed-operator expressions --
Order of operations in expressions with exponents --Order of operations in expressions with parentheses --
Big four expressions with parentheses --
Expressions with exponents and parentheses --
Expressions with parentheses raised to an exponent --
Expressions with nested parentheses --
Chapter 3: Say What? Making Sense Of Word Problems --
Handling basic word problems --
Turning word problems into word equations --
Jotting down information as word equations --
Turning more-complex statements into word equations --
Figuring out what the problem's asking --
Plugging in numbers for words --
Example: send in the clowns --
Example: our house in the middle of our street --
Solving more-challenging word problems --
When numbers get serious --
Lots of information --
Putting it all together --
Chapter 4: Figuring Out Fractions --
Reducing fractions to lowest terms --
Multiplying and dividing fractions --
Multiplying numerators and denominators straight across --
Doing a flip to divide fractions --
Adding fractions --
Finding the sum of fractions with the same denominator --
Adding fractions with different denominators --
Subtracting fractions --
Subtracting fractions with the same denominator --
Subtracting fractions with different denominators --
Working with mixed numbers --
Converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers --
Switching to an improper fraction --
Switching to a mixed number --
Multiplying and dividing mixed numbers --
Adding and subtracting mixed numbers --
Adding two mixed numbers --
Subtracting mixed numbers --
Chapter 5: Deciphering Decimals --
Performing the big four operations with decimals --
Adding decimals --
Subtracting decimals --
Multiplying decimals --
Dividing decimals --
Dealing with more zeros in the dividend --
Completing decimal division --
Converting between decimals and fractions --
Changing decimals to fractions --
Doing a basic decimal-to-fraction conversion --
Mixing numbers and reducing fractions --
Changing fractions to decimals --
Last stop: terminating decimals --
Endless ride: repeating decimals --
Chapter 6: Puzzling Out Percents --
Understanding percents greater than 100% --
Converting to and from percents, decimals, and fractions --
Going from percents to decimals --
Changing decimals into percents --
Switching from percents to fractions --
Turning fractions into percents --
Solving percent problems --
Figuring out simple percent problems --
Deciphering more-difficult percent problems --
Applying percent problems --
Identifying the three types of percent problems --
Introducing the percent circle --
Finding the ending number --
Discovering the percentage --
Tracking down the starting number --
Chapter 7: Fraction, Decimal, And Percent Word Problems --
Adding and subtracting parts of the whole --
Sharing a pizza: fractions --
Buying by the pound: decimals --
Splitting the vote: percents --
Multiplying fractions in everyday situations --
Buying less than advertised --
Computing leftovers --
Multiplying decimals and percents in word problems --
Figuring out how much money is left --
Finding out how much you started with --
Handling percent increases and decreases in word problems --
Raking in the dough: finding salary increases --
Earning interest on top of interest --
Getting a deal: calculating discounts --
Chapter 8: Using Variables In Algebraic Expressions --
Variables: X marks the spot --
Expressing yourself with algebraic expressions --
Evaluating algebraic expressions --
Coming to algebraic terms --
Making the commute: rearranging your terms --
Identifying the coefficient and variable --
Identifying similar terms --
Considering algebraic terms and the big four operations --
Adding terms --Subtracting terms --
Multiplying terms --
Dividing terms --
Simplifying algebraic expressions --
Combining similar terms --
Removing parentheses from an algebraic expression --
Drop everything: parentheses with a plus sign --
Switch signs: parentheses with a minus sign --
Distribute: parentheses with no sign --
Foil: two terms in each set of parentheses --
Chapter 9: X's Secret Identity: Solving Algebraic Equations --
Understanding algebraic equations --
Using x in equations --
Four ways to solve algebraic equations --
Eyeballing easy equations --
Rearranging slightly harder equations --
Guessing and checking equations --
Applying algebra to more-difficult equations --
Checks and balances: solving for x --
Striking a balance --
Using the balance scale to isolate x --
Rearranging equations to isolate x --
Rearranging terms on one side of an equation --
Moving terms to the other side of the equal sign --
Removing parentheses from equations --
Using cross-multiplication to remove fractions --
Chapter 10: Decoding Algebra Word Problems --
Using a five-step approach --
Declaring a variable --
Setting up the equation --
Solving the equation --
Answering the question --
Checking your work --
Choosing your variable wisely --
Solving more complex algebra problems --
Chapter 11: Geometry: Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, And Volume --
Closed encounters: understanding 2-D shapes --
Circles --
Polygons --
Adding another dimension: solid geometry --
Many faces of polyhedrons --
3-D shapes with curves --
Measuring shapes: perimeter, area, surface area, and volume --
2-D: measuring on the flat --
Going 'round in circles --
Measuring triangles --
Measuring squares --
Working with rectangles --
Calculating with rhombuses --
Measuring parallelograms --
Measuring trapezoids --
Spacing out: measuring in three dimensions --
Spheres --
Cubes --
Boxes (rectangular solids) --
Prisms --
Cylinders --
Pyramids and cones --
Chapter 12: Picture It! Graphing Information --
Examining three common graph styles --
Bar graph --
Pie chart --
Line graph --
Using Cartesian coordinates --
Plotting points on a Cartesian graph --
Drawing lines on a Cartesian graph --
Solving problems with a Cartesian graph --
Chapter 13: Ten Essential Math Concepts --
Playing with prime numbers --
Zero: much ado about nothing --
Delicious pi --
Equal signs and equations --
Cartesian graph --
Relying on functions --
Rational numbers --
Irrational numbers --
Real number line --
Exploring the infinite.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: Mark Zegarelli with Krista Fanning.

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