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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK ed 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 (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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
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

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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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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As you would expect from this series of books 'Basic Maths for Dummies' is easy to understand and extremely thorough in what it covers.

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.
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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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By leon on 5 Nov. 2016
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Really good has got me thinking. Im really bad at maths really bad so bad I had trouble with it in school to the point the teachers thought I was joking when I seriously wasn't I feel extreamly dumb when it comes to maths yet I can understand physics, quite the combination. Brought this book in hopes of learning some of the good stuff and within a hour or so of reading I have. I have learnt a few new techniques and ways of thinking that have really helped. I love quizzes and this has challened my mind quite abit. Being 19 I have big ambitions and I'm quite paranoid I would never for fill them due to my lack of intellegnce in maths so wishing and hoping. this will lead to greater things. Would really advice this book to anyone. Weather it were to update your memory in maths or to learn in hope for better things brilliant.
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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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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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By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE 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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I am a secondary school Mathematics teacher, and I decided to read this book in the hope of finding ways to make certain bits of the subject more accessible to my students. I have to say that it does not disappoint.

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!
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