Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies

Book description

Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies (9781119590866) was previously published as Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies (9780470618387). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. 

Many students worry about starting algebra. Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies provides an overview of critical pre-algebra concepts to help new algebra students (and their parents) take the next step without fear. Free of ramp-up material, Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies contains content focused on key topics only. It provides discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical pre-algebra course, from fractions, decimals, and percents to scientific notation and simple variable equations. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical pre-algebra concepts as they help students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom who just need to a refresher of the core concepts.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. Foolish Assumptions
    4. Icons Used in This Book
    5. Where to Go from Here
  3. Chapter 1: Arming Yourself with Math Basics
    1. Understanding Sets of Numbers
    2. The Big Four Operations
    3. Fun and Useful Properties of the Big Four Operations
    4. Other Operations: Exponents, Square Roots, and Absolute Values
    5. Finding Factors
    6. Finding Multiples
  4. Chapter 2: Evaluating Arithmetic Expressions
    1. The Three E’s: Equations, Expressions, and Evaluations
    2. Following the Order of Operations
  5. Chapter 3: Say What? Making Sense of Word Problems
    1. Handling Basic Word Problems
    2. Solving More-Challenging Word Problems
  6. Chapter 4: Figuring Out Fractions
    1. Reducing Fractions to Lowest Terms
    2. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
    3. Adding Fractions
    4. Subtracting Fractions
    5. Working with Mixed Numbers
  7. Chapter 5: Deciphering Decimals
    1. Performing the Big Four Operations with Decimals
    2. Converting between Decimals and Fractions
  8. Chapter 6: Puzzling Out Percents
    1. Understanding Percents Greater than 100%
    2. Converting to and from Percents, Decimals, and Fractions
    3. Solving Percent Problems
    4. Applying Percent Problems
  9. Chapter 7: Fraction, Decimal, and Percent Word Problems
    1. Adding and Subtracting Parts of the Whole
    2. Multiplying Fractions in Everyday Situations
    3. Multiplying Decimals and Percents in Word Problems
    4. Handling Percent Increases and Decreases in Word Problems
  10. Chapter 8: Using Variables in Algebraic Expressions
    1. Variables: X Marks the Spot
    2. Expressing Yourself with Algebraic Expressions
    3. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
  11. Chapter 9: X’s Secret Identity: Solving Algebraic Equations
    1. Understanding Algebraic Equations
    2. Checks and Balances: Solving for X
    3. Rearranging Equations to Isolate X
  12. Chapter 10: Decoding Algebra Word Problems
    1. Using a Five-Step Approach
    2. Choosing Your Variable Wisely
    3. Solving More-Complex Algebra Problems
  13. Chapter 11: Geometry: Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume
    1. Closed Encounters: Understanding 2-D Shapes
    2. Adding Another Dimension: Solid Geometry
    3. Measuring Shapes: Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume
  14. Chapter 12: Picture It! Graphing Information
    1. Examining Three Common Graph Styles
    2. Using Cartesian Coordinates
  15. Chapter 13: Ten Essential Math Concepts
    1. Playing with Prime Numbers
    2. Zero: Much Ado about Nothing
    3. Delicious Pi
    4. Equal Signs and Equations
    5. The Cartesian Graph
    6. Relying on Functions
    7. Rational Numbers
    8. Irrational Numbers
    9. The Real Number Line
    10. Exploring the Infinite
  16. Index
  17. About the Authors
  18. Advertisement Page
  19. Connect with Dummies
  20. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Pre-Algebra Essentials For Dummies
  • Author(s): Mark Zegarelli
  • Release date: May 2019
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9781119590866