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Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Mark Zegarelli

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Chapter 3

The Big Four: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division

In This Chapter

arrow Reviewing addition

arrow Understanding subtraction

arrow Viewing multiplication as a fast way to do repeated addition

arrow Getting clear on division

When most folks think of math, the first thing that comes to mind is four little (or not-so-little) words: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I call these operations the Big Four all through the book.

In this chapter, I introduce you (or reintroduce you) to these little gems. Although I assume you're already familiar with the Big Four, this chapter reviews these operations, taking you from what you may have missed to what you need to succeed as you move onward and upward in math.

Adding Things Up

Addition is the first operation you find out about, and it's almost everybody's favorite. It's simple, friendly, and straightforward. No matter how much you worry about math, you've probably never lost a minute of sleep over addition. Addition is all about bringing things together, which is a positive goal. For example, suppose you and I are standing ...

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