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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (18 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470559642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470559642
  • ASIN: 0470559640
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The pain–free way to ace Algebra I

Does the word polynomial make your hair stand on end? Let this friendly guide show you the easy way to tackle algebra. You′ll get plain–English explanations of the basics and the tougher stuff in terms you can understand. Whether you want to brush up on your math skills or help your children with their homework, this book gives you power to the nth degree.

  • It′s all about numbers get the lowdown on numbers rational and irrational, integers, and positive and negative

  • Factor in the fun discover the easy way to figure out working with prime numbers, factoring, and distributing

  • Don′t hate, equate! get a handle on the most common equations you′ll encounter in algebra, from basic linear problems to the quadratic formula and everything in between

  • Resolve to solve learn how to solve linear and quadratic equations, keep equations balanced, and check your work

  • Put it to use find out how to apply algebra to tackle measurements, formulas, story problems, and graphs

Open the book and find:

  • Plain–English explanations of "algebra speak"

  • How to figure out fractions and deal with decimals

  • Guidance on working with exponents and radicals

  • The rules of divisibility

  • The standard quadratic expression

  • When to use FOIL and unFOIL

  • Special cases for factoring

  • The ground rules for solving equations

  • How to put the Pythagorean theorem to work

Learn to:

  • Understand algebra

  • Solve complex problems

  • Find the solution every time

  • Increase your understanding of how algebra works

About the Author

Mary Jane Sterling has been teaching algebra, business calculus, geometry, and finite mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years. She is the author of Algebra Workbook For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, and Algebra II Workbook For Dummies.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 15 Mar. 2011
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This book bests suits adults coming back to math after a long hiatus.

It took me six weeks in the evening to read every word, practice and take notes for the future from this book (an after work project and I never missed a day). This is not one of those do it in a weekend Dummies books unless your very up on math. My math at school stopped at GCSE level but I did well in it. However I did do A level physics and picked up some in my first degree. The last time I did math was 1998-2001 I am 31 now (yeah what a laugh worked for years and never needed it). I am getting ready to do another degree in science (we live longer now so I thought why not). I have found this book a good get ready/revision book. I would not advise it for kids it goes very quick and often into more depth than school will on a topic. Good for a parent though who wants to help pull their kid along and needs a refresher and find the curriculum the kids use just too slow and verbose.

I am just going on to Algebra 2 so I will drop a review when I finish it.

Algebra is the key to computer programming, physics, calculus etc the list is endless and it starts here. This book is time well spent as it will shortcut learning fields in which algebra is used or borrowed from. This book is a good investment in that regard.

Caveat this book will be really tough if you left school without any math qualifications you will need more rudimentary work first this does not cover general math at all...apart from a quick fire run at fractions, powers, roots, signs etc it just goes direct into algebra. Well it is an algebra book. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 27 Jan. 2014
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It really is a superb book for learning algebra. However I quickly realised that I didn't quite reach up to the "Dummie" level. Whilst it explains the basics, if you wish to learn algebra there are other important mathematical milestones need to be reached first. I have had to put this book away and start learning skills and levels I am too embarrassed to list here! great book, great service!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Maden on 15 Nov. 2013
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Part of my uni computer course took in maths, serious maths, and this not being my best subject am prone to a struggle or two and actually think that I am number dyslectic consequently algebra frazzled my brain. This book starts with the basics - fractions - which are easy enough. Then we slowly progress through Factoring, Equations, Formulas, Graphs, and so it goes on. But the book is done so that an element of fun comes into the learning therefore making it easier to understand and retain in the old memory banks.

Mary Jane Sterling has done a sterling job of making this book easy to read and algebra to understand.
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Starts from the very basics. Useful for mathematical illiterates like me who never learned the very basic workings of Algebra
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Karenina on 26 Mar. 2014
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I have O level C grade and work in year 6 of a primary school as a TA. A basic knowledge of algebra seems to be necessary now to work in year 6 although I don't think it always was so I bought this book as I do not want to look stupid! I would say it assumes a knowledge of maths equating to about level 5 National Curriculum. I am finding it very helpful. I need to keep reading it as I need to know what 'simplify' means and also 'factorise'. I have forgotton now that I am getting on!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vanya on 28 July 2011
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As far as service is concerned there is little to say. Everything functioned reasonably well and the book arrived in good condition in a reasonable time.

Regarding the book it seems to me a little more difficult to comment ... much depends on what people want. I bought the book to help my son review his Alegbra. The fact that he is not terribly motivated to read the book is certainly not the fault of the author. One impression we have had is that the book may not be the best approach for many teenagers: It seems to be structured more for °adults° that need a review of the basic concepts for one reason or another.

Certainly the book doesn't cost that much so it's worth trying it out. For those motivated to review quickly it is certainly worth .it
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I love these books, i have purchased several for 2 of my daughters, they are so easy to understand and put everything in simple form that makes you think why do they just not teach the subject this way becaause it really does work, excellent product everytime.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Impy on 28 Mar. 2013
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I hadn't placed my nose in a maths book since 1976 and wanted to gain a basis to understanding the subject in greater detail. The author presents the subject in a structured fashion and injects this book with plenty of humour to help get the concept across with as little pain as possible. There are plenty of books which make algebra seem dull and dreary, but this is definitely not one of them! I did not read this book from cover to cover, but used it build up an idea of the subject over time. Not having a teacher to help me, I had to rely purely on the text and because of the way this is written did not find it too difficult. I liked the book so much I bought her book, Algebra ll as well.
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