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Basic Maths For Dummies (UK Edition) Paperback – 29 Jul 2011
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From the Back Cover
- 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
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
My 13 year old son is pretty poor at maths and has been since primary school, I've tried many different products including PC games and DS games to help him, his school has placed him in various special groups for extra maths tuition but to no avail, he just cannot get to grips with maths in any form.
'Basic Maths for dummies' is a little too hard for my son to follow by himself, not because it is written in a style that is complicated to understand but because he has a total mental block where mathematics is concerned.
However where this guide comes into its own, is in offering myself and my husband numerous techniques enabling us to teach basic maths to our son.
This book takes you step by step through numerous mathematical tasks and techniques, one small step at a time.
In the book you will find hints, tips and techniques covering the following:
Whole numbers - adding and subtraction, multiplying and dividing, rounding and estimating.
Parts of the whole - fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions and percentages.
Weights, Shapes and Measures - Time, Cash, Weights, Temperature, Sizes and Shapes.
Statistics - Data, Charts, Averages and Chance.
To sum up ... if you are an adult struggling with maths or a parent needing ideas to help your mathematically challenged children then 'Basic Maths for Dummies' is the book for you.
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.
The book is written very well and the methods, tips and advice given have helped me in finding new strategies to teach. I can tell this book would also be great for those who want to brush up on their Maths skills as well as those who want to learn from scratch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this has helped me finally understand maths at the age of 36. Why was I not taught maths this way in school. Helping me to re-sit my maths g.c s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emma Jane shaw
This book is very basic, I purchased it to brush up on my maths skills but this seems to be aimed at primary level. Read morePublished 3 months ago by HH1988