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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3Rev Ed edition (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471384941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471384946
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Master math at your own pace!

Does working with numbers often frustrate you? Do you need to brush up on your basic math skills? Do you feel math stands between you and your career goals, or a better grade at school?

Quick Arithmetic, Third Edition is the quickest and easiest way to teach yourself the basic math skills you need to advance on the job or in school. Using cartoons and a clear writing style, this practical guide provides a fresh start for learning or reviewing how to work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages. The book’s proven self–teaching approach allows you to work at your own pace and learn only the material you need. Previews and objectives at the beginning of each section help you determine your particular needs, while self–tests, practice problems, and a final exam let you measure your progress and reinforce what you’ve learned.

For anyone who has ever felt intimidated by a page of numbers, Quick Arithmetic, Third Edition has the answers!

About the Author

ROBERT A. CARMAN, author of more than a dozen widely used math textbooks, was a professor at Santa Barbara Community College.
MARILYN J. CARMAN was a teacher and administrative coordinator with the Santa Barbara High School District.

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I like the layout of this book; it allows you to decide what you want to work on and skip the rest. I skipped most of the first section, but there are some good reminders in there.
Some of the answers may be a little close to the questions, as your eye may 'accidently' catch a glimpse, ( ha ha!).
What I found most valuable was breaking numbers down to their prime factors, useful if working with fractions, which I had only recently come across in ' The Joy of Numbers', but the latter book didn't explain as well.
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Recommended for those who have to recall long-lost arithmetic to help their children with their homework!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fa61f78) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f55d9d8) out of 5 stars A bad start 31 Aug. 2006
By Robert Patton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book looks decent on the whole, but it gets off to an annoyingly bad start. The way it is structured is that your ability to answer or not answer questions guides you to different sections within the book. The first chapter starts off with a preview quiz, to get you started on your path. Yet the very first question on the quiz has the wrong answer. So when you check your results and think you got it wrong - try it again. The answer given is off by 20. This would be unbelievable in a self teaching guide if I didn't have it right in front of me. I can understand a mistake here and there, but the very first question??!! And, of course, no way to contact the authors to see if they have released accurate answers or let them know. Now the entire book is suspect. There is also some confusion shortly after as the authors draw a clear distinction between a digit as a representation of an idea, then give a question using characters (which are the same, representations of sounds) but ignore the difference between the idea and the glyph. My favorite part so far: "The number three is the idea that describes any collection of three objects." What an incredible waste of ink.

I know this sounds harsh, and I am very disappointed in a few things I ran into right up front, but overall it does indeed look to be a good book. Better than the others I looked at, and it seems well organized and well written (if poorly edited). I do suggest that if you get an answer wrong and think maybe you had it right, you should check yourself with a calculator, the book may be wrong. So I do recommend it, but you have to beware the beginning!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fac8f00) out of 5 stars A great math refresher course 6 Jan. 2007
By M. kelton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found myself floundering while trying to help with Algebra ll homework. It's a great reference for all the little things you've forgotten or maybe never known. Well organized and easy to navigate.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f677db0) out of 5 stars Loved it! 18 Feb. 2012
By J. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me. The book is aimed at adults wanting to sharpen up basic math skills. I greatly increased my confidence and ability with basic math. When you learn this stuff as a kid, you make mistakes and forget some things along the way. My background is an "F" in Multivariable Calculus at the college level about twenty years ago.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f3f9f30) out of 5 stars I stayed the heck away from math, this book makes it less intimidating. 25 Jun. 2013
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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So, I'm brushing up on my basic math because I let those skills rot beyond repair. I really was expecting something very intimidating or perhaps very demeaning, but am actually quite pleased that I got something that presented the material in a way that was easy/challenging.

The Good:::
+The book presents the material in a way that's a refresh rather than a complete "re-teaching" of arithmetic. This was nice. I didn't forget how to do basic math, just needed a refresher and this book gives just that.
+The instruction in the book is clear, straight to the point and doesn't leave me scratching my head. This was the nice part. They didn't talk down to you and break the steps down in baby steps that made me feel like doing the work was a chore and they didn't use convoluted instructions that require some googling to figure out.
+Math started to make sense. Always was an issue for me, never made sense. When my grade/middle/high school teachers explained it they just expected you to follow along. If you didn't, tough shit, time to move on, take this worksheet and learn it yourself. They break it down in several ways, show you different ways at looking at a problem and drill you and offer extra practice/advice/tips to ensure you understand what you're doing.

The Bad:::
-I didn't enjoy jumping around to find help. Start a problem (pre-test), need help, turn to page 31 example A. Next problem, page 42 examplem B. That was a bit frustrating. That was only the pre-test though, after that you just go page by page.
-Delivery took quite awhile. I really wanted to start on this right away. My biggest complaint, doesn't take away from the book, but still. Please offer Amazon Prime with this! Charge a couple dollars more, but get Prime shipping on this thing.

If you're rusty, need a refresher or are scared of math, this is the book for you. Seriously, I find myself looking at math in a new light and am very happy that I got this book. If not for the TINY bit of frustration that the pre-test presented with all the page flipping (and some of you might not even NEED to flip around) I would have given this book 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f843c30) out of 5 stars needs a good review or who is involved in home schooling will ... 24 Aug. 2014
By Francis B. Morganti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anyone who needs to learn the basics of arithmetic, needs a good review or who is involved in home schooling will find this book a valuable resource.
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