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Algebra for dummies
Sterling, Mary Jane.
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New York : Hungry Minds : Wiley, [2001]

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xxii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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One of the most commonly asked questions in a mathematics classroom is, "Will I ever use this stuff in real life?" Some teachers can give a good, convincing answer; others hem and haw and stare at the floor. The real response to the question should be, "Yes, you will, because algebra gives you power " - the power to help your children with their math homework, the power to manage your finances, the power to be successful in your career (especially if you have to manage the company budget). The list goes on.

Algebra is a system of mathematical symbols and rules that are universally understood, no matter what the spoken language. Algebra provides a clear, methodical process that can be followed from beginning to end to solve complex problems. There's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. For those of you who are challenged by working with numbers, Algebra I For Dummies can provide the help you need.

This easy-to-understand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems. But rest assured, this book is not about memorizing a bunch of meaningless steps; you find out the whys behind algebra to increase your understanding of how algebra works.

In Algebra I For Dummies , you'll discover the following topics and more:

All about numbers - rational and irrational, variables, and positive and negative Figuring out fractions and decimals Explaining exponents and radicals Solving linear and quadratic equations Understanding formulas and solving story problems Having fun with graphs Top Ten lists on common algebraic errors, factoring tips, and divisibility rules.

No matter if you're 16 years old or 60 years old; no matter if you're learning algebra for the first time or need a quick refresher course; no matter if you're cramming for an algebra test, helping your kid with his or her homework, or coming up with next year's company budget, Algebra I For Dummies can give you the tools you need to succeed.

Author Notes

Mary Jane Sterling has been an educator since graduating from college. Teaching at the junior high, high school, and college levels, she has had the full span of experiences and opportunities while working in education. She has been teaching at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for the past twenty years.

Table of Contents

About This Book
What Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Where to Go from Here
Part I Starting Off with the Basics
Chapter 1 Assembling Your Tools
Chapter 2 Assigning Signs: Positive and Negative Numbers
Chapter 3 Figuring Out Fractions and Dealing with Decimals
Chapter 4 Exploring Exponents and Raising Radicals
Chapter 5 Doing Operations in Order and Checking Your Answers
Chapter 6 Prepping for Operations
Part II Figuring Out Factoring
Chapter 7 Working with Numbers in Their Prime
Chapter 8 Sharing the Fun: Distributing
Chapter 9 Factoring in the First Degree
Chapter 10 Getting the Second Degree
Chapter 11 Factoring Special Cases
Part III Working Equations
Chapter 12 Lining Up for Linear Equations
Chapter 13 Solving Linear Equations
Chapter 14 Taking a Crack at Quadratic Equations
Chapter 15 Distinguishing Equations with Distinctive Powers
Chapter 16 Fixing Inequalities
Part IV Applying Algebra
Chapter 17 Making Formulas Behave
Chapter 18 Sorting Out Story Problems
Chapter 19 Going Visual: Graphing
Part V The Part of Tens
Chapter 20 The Ten Most Common Errors
Chapter 21 Ten Ways to Factor a Polynomial
Chapter 22 Ten Divisibility Rules
Chapter 23 Ten Tips for Dealing with Story Problems
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