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Tips for simplifying tricky basic math and pre-algebra operations

Whether you're a student preparing to take algebra or a parent who wants or needs to brush up on basic math, this fun, friendly guide has the tools you need to get in gear. From positive, negative, and whole numbers to fractions, decimals, and percents, you'll build necessary math skills to tackle more advanced topics, such as imaginary numbers, variables, and algebraic equations.

• Explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods

• Relevant cultural vernacular and references

• Standard For Dummies materials that match the current standard and design

• Basic Math &amp; Pre-Algebra For Dummies takes the intimidation out of tricky operations and helps you get ready for algebra!

1. Introduction
2. Part I: Getting Started with Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
1. Chapter 1: Arming Yourself with the Basics of Basic Math
1. Inventing Numbers
2. Understanding Number Sequences
3. Looking at the Number Line
4. Four Important Sets of Numbers
2. Chapter 2: Arming Yourself with the Basics of Basic Math
2. Close Enough for Rock ’n’ Roll: Rounding and Estimating
3. Chapter 3: Arming Yourself with the Basics of Basic Math
2. Take It Away: Subtracting
3. Multiplying
4. Doing Division Lickety-Split
3. Part II: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers
1. Chapter 4: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers
1. Knowing Properties of the Big Four Operations
2. Doing Big Four Operations with Negative Numbers
3. Understanding Units
4. Understanding Inequalities
5. Moving Beyond the Big Four: Exponents, Square Roots, and Absolute Value
2. Chapter 5: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers
1. Seeking Equality for All: Equations
2. Introducing Order of Operations
3. Chapter 6: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers
1. Dispelling Two Myths about Word Problems
2. Solving Basic Word Problems
3. Solving More-Complex Word Problems
4. Chapter 7: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers
1. Knowing the Divisibility Tricks
2. Identifying Prime and Composite Numbers
5. Chapter 8: Getting a Handle on Whole Numbers
1. Knowing Six Ways to Say the Same Thing
2. Connecting Factors and Multiples
3. Finding Fabulous Factors
4. Making Marvelous Multiples
4. Part III: Parts of the Whole: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
1. Chapter 9: Fooling with Fractions
1. Slicing a Cake into Fractions
2. Knowing the Fraction Facts of Life
3. Increasing and Reducing Terms of Fractions
4. Converting between Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers
5. Understanding Cross-multiplication
6. Making Sense of Ratios and Proportions
2. Chapter 10: Par ting Ways: Fractions and the Big Four Operations
1. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
2. All Together Now: Adding Fractions
3. Taking It Away: Subtracting Fractions
4. Working Properly with Mixed Numbers
3. Chapter 11: Dallying with Decimals
1. Understanding Basic Decimal Stuff
2. Performing the Big Four with Decimals
3. Converting between Decimals and Fractions
4. Chapter 12: Playing with Percents
1. Making Sense of Percents
2. Dealing with Percents Greater than 100%
3. Converting to and from Percents, Decimals, and Fractions
4. Solving Percent Problems
5. Putting All the Percent Problems Together
5. Chapter 13: Word Problems with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
1. Adding and Subtracting Parts of the Whole in Word Problems
3. Multiplying Decimals and Percents in Word Problems
4. Handling Percent Increases and Decreases in Word Problems
5. Part IV: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. Chapter 14: A Perfect Ten: Condensing Numbers with Scientific Notation
1. First Things First: Using Powers of Ten as Exponents
2. Working with Scientific Notation
2. Chapter 15: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. Examining Differences between the English and Metric Systems
2. Estimating and Converting between the English and Metric Systems
3. Chapter 16: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. Getting on the Plane: Points, Lines, Angles, and Shapes
2. Closed Encounters: Shaping Up Your Understanding of 2-D Shapes
3. Taking a Trip to Another Dimension: Solid Geometry
4. Measuring Shapes: Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume
4. Chapter 17: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. Looking at Three Important Graph Styles
2. Using the xy-Graph
5. Chapter 18: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. The Chain Gang: Solving Measurement Problems with Conversion Chains
2. Solving Geometry Word Problems
6. Chapter 19: Picturing and Measuring — Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. Gathering Data Mathematically: Basic Statistics
2. Looking at Likelihoods: Basic Probability
7. Chapter 20: Picturing and Measuring - Graphs, Measures, Stats, and Sets
1. Understanding Sets
2. Performing Operations on Sets
6. Part V: The X-Files: Introduction to Algebra
1. Chapter 21: The X-Files: Introduction to Algebra
1. Seeing How X Marks the Spot
2. Expressing Yourself with Algebraic Expressions
3. Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
2. Chapter 22: The X-Files: Introduction to Algebra
1. Understanding Algebraic Equations
2. Using x in equations
3. Choosing among four ways to solve algebraic equations
4. The Balancing Act: Solving for x
5. Striking a balance
6. Using the balance scale to isolate x
7. Rearranging Equations and Isolating x
3. Chapter 23: The X-Files: Introduction to Algebra
1. Solving Algebra Word Problems in Five Steps