Chapter 1

We've Got Your Numbers

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding how place value turns digits into numbers

arrow Rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand

arrow Calculating with the Big Four operations: Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing

arrow Getting comfortable with long division

In this chapter, I give you a review of basic math, and I do mean basic. I bet you know a lot of this stuff already. So, consider this a trip down memory lane, a mini-vacation from whatever math you may be working on right now. With a really strong foundation in these areas, you'll find the chapters that follow a lot easier.

First, I discuss how the number system you're familiar with — called the Hindu-Arabic number system (or decimal numbers) — uses digits and place value to express numbers. Next, I show you how to round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand.

After that, I discuss the Big Four operations: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. You see how to use the number line to make sense of all four operations. Then I give you practice doing calculations with larger numbers. ...

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