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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK Edition edition (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119974526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119974529
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Colin Beveridge (1977-) is a maths confidence coach for Flying Colours Maths and co-author of the Little Algebra Book.

He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews and worked for several years on NASA's Living With A Star project at Montana State University, where he came up with an equation which is named after him. It's used to help save the world from being destroyed by solar flares. So far so good.

He became tired of the glamour of academia and returned to the UK to concentrate on helping students come to terms with maths and show that not all mathematicians are boring nerds; some are exciting, relatively well-adjusted nerds.

Colin lives in Dorset with an espresso pot, several guitars and nothing to prove.

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Make numbers dance to your tune in no time!

No head for numbers? Feel like maths isn′t your thing? Stop selling yourself short. Maths tutor Colin Beveridge believes that doing maths comes as naturally to humans as swimming does to fish, and he proves it in Basic Maths For Dummies. Encompassing the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum, and using Colin′s proven formula for turning anybody even the most maths–phobic student into a natural number–cruncher, this book arms you with the confidence and skills you need to handle everyday maths challenges, return to school, pass skills and employability exams with flying colours, and help the kids with their homework.

  • Face down the competition overcome maths anxiety and set yourself up for success

  • Get a firm footing master the building blocks of maths, including addition, subtraction and long division

  • Take their measure size up weights, measures, rates, conversions and geometric shapes

  • Show ′em who′s boss give fractions no quarter, put decimals in their place and accept nothing less than 100% from percentages

  • Beat the odds discover how to decipher statistics, gauge odds and predict probabilities

  • Shoot from the hip learn simple tricks for making reliable estimates fast

Open the book and find:

  • Tricks for conquering maths anxiety

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division made easy

  • Advice on money, weights, measures and shapes

  • How to read charts, tables and graphs at a glance

  • Guidance on conquering fractions, decimals and percentages

  • How to decipher statistics and probabilities

  • How to handle ballpark estimates and rough calculations in your head

Learn to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with confidence

  • Deal with decimals, tackle fractions and make sense of percentages

  • Size up weights, measures and shapes

  • Prepare effectively for maths tests

About the Author

Colin Beveridge holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of St Andrews. He gave up a position as a researcher at Montana State University (working with NASA, among other projects) to become a full–time maths tutor, helping adults, GCSE, A–level and university students overcome their fear of maths a position he finds ′far more enjoyable than real work′.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dylante on 12 Sept. 2012
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I have found this book very very helpful. I have been phobic about maths my entire life but have recently decided on a career change that will involve studying science at university level. I bought this book as maths was by far my weakest point, in fact I had to work right from scratch.

This book takes you by the hand and leads the way, one baby step at a time, from the most basic of maths skills right up to things that I never imagined I would be able to do. Not only does it contain a huge amount of useful info presented in an easy to understand way but it even makes it enjoyable and very rewarding to work through.

I have this book as well as "Basic Maths Practice Problems for Dummies" and "Numeracy Tests for Dummies" they all go hand in hand and between them have covered a massive proportion of what I needed to know.

This book should be the first point of call for anybody who is looking to improve their maths.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monkeysmall on 8 Feb. 2013
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Perfect for those moments when you need to be reminded or even start from the beginning. The Dummies books are a must.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr Jean Reinaud on 20 Sept. 2011
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This book reviews some of the most fundamental mathematics for school pupils, and for people who struggles with basic maths in daily situations. It is divided in comprehensive chapters, each of them focusing on a specific point. Chapters are very well organised with clearly indicated subtopics. It is full of simple tricks to make adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing a piece of cake for example. It is also full of clever advices about how to use and understand maths. While being very serious on the topic, the style is very engaging and informal (you'll know everything about the author's obsession on large cappuccinos and carrot cakes). This book is ideal for school pupils, as well as for adults who were reluctant of mathematics at school. They won't be anymore, and realise that after all... maths is fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julia on 29 Jan. 2013
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BRILLIANT! Really helped me to get over my maths phobia, a must buy for anyone as afraid of maths as I am. A deffinate must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2011
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A well laid out and structured book, as a person who has struggled with Mathematics, I wish books like these were around when I was studying instead of the dry almost antique books that were in use in the past, The chapters are well divided into topics so that people can zero in on areas of interest. The various tips and tricks that can be used to help the learner along are invaluable tools for exams and indeed every day life.

However, some have commented, and rightly so, on the fact that the book is too wordy and also that there are no practice questions. This latter criticism is the real problem and really cannot be excused as the book is touted at the self-help market. As a person who struggled with the topic, one of the main ways to learn is practice and more practice, hence my 4 star rating.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fruity on 18 April 2013
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I never thought I would buy a book on maths but when I found this Dummie one I thought I would give it a go. I never did maths at school and have always wanted to get the hang of it and I'm pleased to say that now I am working through this book I am getting a good understanding of what its all about. I'm really beginning to enjoy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Violet on 15 Dec. 2012
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I'm really pleased with this book. It's very detailed, and well thought through. Ideal for someone like me who struggles with numbers! I would highly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By footlady on 6 Sept. 2011
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An easy to read, down-to-earth maths book for all levels. It contains many basic tips and advice for most exams and life in general. Excellent value for money.Basic Maths For Dummies
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