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January 20, 2009

Head First Algebra--New from O'Reilly: Solving for the Unknown, Head First Style

Head First Algebra Sebastopol, CA—Contrary to popular thought, algebra is not just a headache: it is solving for the unknown. "Algebra is about finding the information you're looking for by using the information you already have," explain Tracey Pilone and Dan Pilone, authors of the newly released Head First Algebra (O'Reilly, US $29.99). "The unknown could be the cost of a car loan, the quantity of soda you need, or how high you can throw a water balloon. If you don't know it, it's an unknown."

So, are you tired of struggling just to get a C- in your college algebra class? Do you need to pass high school algebra to get your cell phone back? Preferably soon? If you need to get algebra into your brain, then Head First Algebra is designed for you. Full of engaging stories and practical, real-world explanations, this book will help you learn everything from natural numbers and exponents to solving systems of equations and graphing polynomials.

Along the way, you'll go beyond solving hundreds of repetitive problems, and actually use what you learn to make real-life decisions. Does it make sense to buy two years of insurance on a car that depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot? Can you really afford an XBox 360 and a new iPhone? Learn how to put algebra to work for you, and nail your class exams along the way.

Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Algebra uses a visually rich format specifically designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works—not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

For a review copy or more information please email kathrynb@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Dan Pilone is a Senior Software Architect with Blueprint Technologies, Inc. and a mediocre rock climber. He has designed and implemented systems for Hughes, ARINC, UPS, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He also teaches project management, software design, and software engineering at The Catholic University in Washington D.C.

Tracey Pilone is a freelance technical writer who has supported mission planning and RF analysis software for the Navy. She is a licensed Civil Engineer who has worked in construction management for several years in Washington DC. She has a Civil Engineering degree from Virgina Tech and a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia.

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For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596514860

Head First Algebra
Tracey Pilone , Dan Pilone
ISBN: 9780596514860, 559 pages, Book Price: $29.99 USD, £22.99 GBP
PDF Price: $23.99 USD

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