Arithmetic and geometry
The first two chapters of this book review the basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry of which a working knowledge is presumed in the rest of the text; many students will have at least some familiarity with much, if not all, of it. However, the considerable choice now available in what is to be studied for secondary-education examination purposes means that none of it can be taken for granted. The reader may make a preliminary assessment of which areas need further study or revision by first attempting the problems at the ends of the chapters. Unlike the problems associated with all other chapters, those for the first two are divided into named sections and each problem deals almost exclusively with a single topic.