Algebra for Dummies
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Book Description
One of the most commonly asked questions in a mathematics classroom is, "Will I ever use this stuff in real life?" Some teachers can give a good, convincing answer; others hem and haw and stare at the floor. The real response to the question should be, "Yes, you will, because algebra gives you power" – the power to help your children with their math homework, the power to manage your finances, the power to be successful in your career (especially if you have to manage the company budget). The list goes on.
Algebra is a system of mathematical symbols and rules that are universally understood, no matter what the spoken language. Algebra provides a clear, methodical process that can be followed from beginning to end to solve complex problems. There’s no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. For those of you who are challenged by working with numbers, Algebra For Dummies can provide the help you need.
This easytounderstand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems. But rest assured, this book is not about memorizing a bunch of meaningless steps; you find out the whys behind algebra to increase your understanding of how algebra works.
In Algebra For Dummies, you’ll discover the following topics and more:
 All about numbers – rational and irrational, variables, and positive and negative
 Figuring out fractions and decimals
 Explaining exponents and radicals
 Solving linear and quadratic equations
 Understanding formulas and solving story problems
 Having fun with graphs
 Top Ten lists on common algebraic errors, factoring tips, and divisibility rules.
No matter if you’re 16 years old or 60 years old; no matter if you’re learning algebra for the first time or need a quick refresher course; no matter if you’re cramming for an algebra test, helping your kid with his or her homework, or coming up with next year’s company budget, Algebra For Dummies can give you the tools you need to succeed.
Book Info
Friendly guide covers everything from fractions to quadratic equations. Includes realworld examples and story problems that will help even the most entrenched algebra phobes approach the subject with ease. Softcover.
From the Back Cover
Get the right solution every time — algebra the fun and easy way_{TM}!
Includes a great glossary of algebraic terms for easy reference
The painfree way to explore algebra—and come out smilin’
Does the word polynomial make your hair stand on end? Let Mary Jane Sterling show you the easy way to tackle algebra. This friendly guide explains the basics—and the tougher stuff—in easytounderstand, nononsense language. Whether you want to brush up on your math skills or help your children with their homework, this book gives you power—to the nth degree.
Discover how to:
 Find out about fractions and explore exponents
 Figure out factoring
 Solve Linear equations
 Factor quadratic equations
 Graph equations
 Solve story problems
The Dummies Way^{TM}
Explanations in plain English
 "Get in, get out" information
 Icons and other navigational aids
 Tearout cheat sheet
 Top ten lists
 A dash of humor and fun
About the Author(s)
Mary Jane Sterling has been an educator since graduating from college. Teaching at the junior high, high school, and college levels, she has had the full span of experiences and opportunities while working in education. She has been teaching at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for the past twenty years.
Product Description
One of the most commonly asked questions in a mathematics classroom is, "Will I ever use this stuff in real life?" Some teachers can give a good, convincing answer; others hem and haw and stare at the floor. The real response to the question should be, "Yes, you will, because algebra gives you power" – the power to help your children with their math homework, the power to manage your finances, the power to be successful in your career (especially if you have to manage the company budget). The list goes on.
Algebra is a system of mathematical symbols and rules that are universally understood, no matter what the spoken language. Algebra provides a clear, methodical process that can be followed from beginning to end to solve complex problems. There’s no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. For those of you who are challenged by working with numbers, Algebra For Dummies can provide the help you need.
This easytounderstand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems. But rest assured, this book is not about memorizing a bunch of meaningless steps; you find out the whys behind algebra to increase your understanding of how algebra works.
In Algebra For Dummies, you’ll discover the following topics and more:
 All about numbers – rational and irrational, variables, and positive and negative
 Figuring out fractions and decimals
 Explaining exponents and radicals
 Solving linear and quadratic equations
 Understanding formulas and solving story problems
 Having fun with graphs
 Top Ten lists on common algebraic errors, factoring tips, and divisibility rules.
No matter if you’re 16 years old or 60 years old; no matter if you’re learning algebra for the first time or need a quick refresher course; no matter if you’re cramming for an algebra test, helping your kid with his or her homework, or coming up with next year’s company budget, Algebra For Dummies can give you the tools you need to succeed.
Not for Dummies, May 20, 2006
Now if I were a dummy, and in many ways I am, I would be furious with this book. It doesn’t mention until page 4 that the author assumes you’ve already had a year of algebra. What if I hadn’t? What if I was picking up this book because I wanted to learn algebra from scratch? Most anyone would naturally assume that’s what this book is for. But right away you’d be lost. Even the "fun facts" would make me heave this thing out the window. Info about "threeterm quadratic equations" is a fun fact? Not if you’re a compleat dummy and you haven’t the foggiest what this woman is talking about. The 2 stars are generous. It’s not too bad for an overview of something you already know and merely want to to remember. Thank my stars I do know algebra, but damn…dummies beware.