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An easy-to-follow guide to basic mathematics
Do you shy away from using numbers? Basic Mathematics can help. An easy-to-follow guide, it will ensure you gain the confidence you need to tackle maths and overcome your fears. It offers simple explanations of all the key areas, including decimals, percentages, measurements and graphs, and applies them to everyday situations, games and puzzles to give you understanding quickly and enjoyably.
Basic Mathematics includes:
| Chapter 1: Reasons to be cheerful about mathematics |
Is this book really for me?
Can I succeed now if I failed at school?
Hasn't maths changed since I was at school?
Will it help to use a calculator?
Can I help my child?
Chapter 2: The magic numbers machine
Numbers, numbers everywhere
Saying hello to your calculator
Introducing the counting numbers
Tens and units
Hundreds, thousands and beyond
Children and numbers
Chapter 3: Calculating with numbers
Properties of numbers
Knowing what sum to do
Chapter 4: Fractions
Facing up to fractions
What is a fraction?
How to picture a fraction
Fitting fractions into the number line
What are equivalent fractions?
Adding and subtracting fractions
Multiplying and dividing fractions
Ratio and proportion
Chapter 5: Decimals
What is the point of the decimal point?
Using the four rules with decimals
An overview of decimals
| Chapter 6: Percentages|
What is a percentage?
Changing a fraction to a percentage
Why bother with percentages?
Chapter 7: Measuring
What do we measure?
Why do we measure?
How do we measure?
How accurately should we measure?
Imperial and metric units
Chapter 8: Statistical graphs
Barcharts and piecharts
Scattergraphs and line graphs
Chapter 9: Using a formula
Is algebra abstract and irrelevant?
Algebra as shorthand
Calculating with formulas
Proving with algebra
Chapter 10: Puzzles, games and diversions
Chapter 11: Spreadsheets
An overview of a spreadsheet
Why bother using a spreadsheet?
Using a spreadsheet
Number sequences on a spreadsheet
Percentages on a spreadsheet
What else will a spreadsheet do?
Chapter 12: Diagnostic quiz
Solutions to the quiz
Detailed comments on the solutions
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One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.
Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.