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Basic Mathematics: Teach Yourself
Alan Graham

Classification : Self-Help
Pub Date : Jun 25, 2010
Imprint : Teach Yourself
Page Extent : 256
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781444105032
Price : 695

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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
Ordering numbers
Tens and units
Hundreds, thousands and beyond
Children and numbers

Chapter 3: Calculating with numbers
Properties of numbers
Adding
Subtracting
Multiplying
Dividing
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
Decimal fractions
What is the point of the decimal point?
Using the four rules with decimals
Dividing fractions
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
Misleading 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
Quiz
Solutions to the quiz
Detailed comments on the solutions
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Alan Graham has thirty years experience as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the Open University.>
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