Introduction

One-thousand-one algebra problems: You must wonder what inspired such an endeavor.

One possibility for the inspiration is 1,001 Arabian Nights. (Okay, I’m really stretching here, but why not?) 1,001 Arabian Nights is a collection of stories and folk tales, compiled over several centuries. Likewise, 1,001 Algebra II Practice Problems For Dummies is a collection of math problems and explanations, and some of them involve interesting stories. This book wasn’t compiled over centuries (though my editors say it seemed to take that long), but the concepts and ideas involved took mathematicians centuries to develop.

Practice makes perfect. Unlike other subjects where you can just read or listen and absorb the information sufficiently, mathematics takes practice. The only way to figure out how the different algebraic rules work and interact with one another is to get into the problems — get your hands dirty, so to speak. Many problems appear to be the same, on the surface, but different aspects and challenges have been inserted to make the different problems unique. The concepts become more set in your mind when you work with the problems and have the properties confirmed with your solutions.

Yes, whether it’s 1,001 algebra problems or 1,001 mathematical adventures, you’ll find them here. Enjoy!

What You’ll Find

This book contains 1,001 algebra problems, their answers, and complete solutions to each. There are 17 problem chapters, and each chapter has many different sets ...