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Algebra Survival Guide: A Conversational Guide for the Thoroughly Befuddled [Paperback]

by Josh Rappaport, Sally Blakemore
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Book Description

August 1, 2000 0965911381 978-0965911382 1st
If you think algebra has to be boring, confusing and unrelated to anything in the real world, think again! Written in a humorous, conversational style, this book gently nudges students toward success in pre-algebra and Algebra I. With its engaging question/answer format and helpful practice problems, glossary and index, it is ideal for homeschoolers, tutors and students striving for classroom excellence. It features funky icons and lively cartoons by award-winning Santa Fe artist Sally BlakemoreThe Algebra Survival Guide is the winner of a Paretns' Choice award, and it meets the Standards 2000 of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Its 12 content chapters tackle all the trickiest topics: Properties, Sets of Numbers, Order of Operations, Absolute Value, Exponents, Radicals, Factoring, Cancelling, Solving Equations, the Coordinate Plane and yes even those dreaded word problems. The Guide is loaded with practice problems and answers, and its pages give students the boost they need in a style they'll enjoy to master the skills of algebra.

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About the Author

Josh Rappaport is the author of the Parents' Choice award-winning Algebra Survival Guide, and co-author of PreAlgebra Blastoff and the Card Game Roundup books. Josh taught middle school and high school, and for the last 20 years has been president of the Now I Get It! Learning Center, where he teaches and tutors children of all ages.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Turtle Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965911381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965911382
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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216 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will solve all of your problems!!! September 18, 2004
I purchased this book last spring in order to prepare myself to take college algebra this fall. In high school I failed algebra and I was beyond confused or befuddled. I put off going to college for 10 YEARS simply because I didn't want to do the math. I was dreading the idea of having to spend the summer studying it. I've always had a fear of math and algebra, and over time I began to hate it. Now when I say I hate it, the term hate may not be enough; my loathing was beyond measure; but from working through this book something amazing happened; I don't hate or fear algebra anymore! Seriously!!! And I understand it! And not only do I understand it; I enjoy it! If the idea of enjoying algebra makes little or no sense to you, if you have spent your time and your money struggling through books or classes that are boring, uninformative, over your head, and/or just plain stupid, then really, this book is for you! Please don't pass this book up; it will change your life. And if you could understand how much I hated algebra, you would understand how good this book really is.

Josh, you changed my life! Thanks!!!
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great choice for anyone! October 19, 2004
By Sue Lee
This book is excellent. I took all the math offered in high school and college algebra (20 years ago!) My 7th grade

daughter is struggling with pre-algebra and I couldn't remember a thing to help her. I ordered the Survival Guide and workbook and they are both fun! My 12 year old works out of this book on her own. It really is self-teaching. Each section takes you step by step through the concepts explaining in simple terms how to do the problems. I am learning all the Algebra concepts and love the way the book is laid out. Very direct, simple, engaging & great to look at visually. I am an artist by profession and give you kudos on the graphics. I also substitute teach in our public schools and this is a great book to learn how to teach basic algebra. I work with a lot of special needs students and knowing how to explain the algebra in fun and practical ways is a blessing. I recommend this book to teachers, parents and students.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fundamentals Made Easy July 7, 2004
Let me start by saying that in High School, I felt like a mathmatical retard. I failed math horribly. I never got the basics. It didn't help that I was a bit lazy, but nevermind that! At age 30, and a liberal arts degree later, I decided it was time to learn Algebra properly, once and for all. This book, and the workbook that goes with it was a balanced and enlightening start that truly was painless. I have just about finished the book and will be moving on to harder algebra. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking to simply the fog that surrounds the word "ALGEBRA".
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the formula for my problems! October 26, 2006
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I have been shopping for a good tutorial algebra book for several weeks so that I could help my struggling teenagers. I probably would not have shopped this book because the cover gave me the impression of chaos. I feared that the pages would be full of text that would baffle us even more. I bought this book and workbook based on the customer's reviews...and am I happy I did so. I learned not to judge a book by its cover. The book layout is easy to read with one problem per page in step-by-step detail. This is exactly what I've been seeking. Too bad Rappaport does not have a book on Geometry...that's our next level.

ps. The only reason I did not rate this book a 5 is because the contents covers ten fundamentals whereas other books cover a bit more. But the layout is worth the compromise.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I want to talk to the grownups who, like me, never got the gist of Algebra, and certainly never passed an Algebra course (Come on, soul mates, go back with me in time: remember how we sat at our desks, sweating, fighting off that sick "I know I'm not going to pass this test" stomach).

Well, fear no more--we can now emerge from the darkness that was ignorance of Algebra. We now have hope. we can now live the consummate human life, because there's a new sheriff who will help us defeat the bullies in Algebra Town (You know the ones, my friends: they sit, confidently, smugly even, figuring out how those numbers become

algebra.). The sheriff is named Josh Rappaport. But Mr. Rappaport doesn't tote a gun, no sir--his weapon doesn't mutilate, it enlightens. His weapon is the ALGEBRA SURVIVAL GUIDE ( A Conversational Handbook for the Thoroughly Befuddled). Oh my! This handbook has so charmed me, I'm reading it like a novel. Good sign, right? It's no chore reading Josh Rappaport's gem. And you will also love Sally Blakemore's illustrations. She gets it! that falling down a hole feeling ( You have to buy the handbook to see Ms. Blakemore's visual take on fear of Algebra).

So, come on grownups-who-never-passed-Algebra...wouldn't you like to live a full life? wouldn't you like to give numbers, then Algebra, a chance? I KNOW you'd like to read words like REFLEXIVE Property, COMMUTATIVE Property and ASSOCIATIVE Property without fighting the the urge to cry? Well, do yourself a favor and purchase the Algebra Survival Guide. Then, do yourself a further favor and buy the WORKBOOK. Okay?
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Survive without it! October 25, 2004
This book is a "Must-have" resource for anyone teaching or studing Algebra. Fun enough to keep the math "demons" away, and detailed enough for the math-Challenged to finally "get it".

I went from "Hate math" to "Hey, I can do this!" in two weeks.

Mr. Rappaport needs to write more math book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU!!
You have saved my sanity. I don't know what else to say, other than this is how algebra should be taught. It's perfectly understandable, with clear examples. Read more
Published 19 days ago by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes algebra fun
The 'Algebra Survival Guide' is a well thought-out algebra textbook which does not resemble a staid, boring textbook normally seen and used in public schools. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Annapolis Haven
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great book easy to follow and understand will be getting the workbook for my 9th grader a great refresher for course for me
Published 1 month ago by yvonne rosado
5.0 out of 5 stars I get it
I will understand my kids math home work for a few more years. I had fun with this book over the holidays which tend to be a slow season at work kept me from spending everyday at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by reef858
5.0 out of 5 stars Math Confidence!
Recently took an algebra math class after 35 years . This series also includes a workbook is an add-on to Josh Rappaport's "Survival Guide". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Big help!!
My son is a freshmen and I currently use the Saxon curriculum in our homeschool plan. He has been struggling with the concepts and I found the Saxon text less than helpful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by knitncycle
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get.
Excellent book, along with the workbook, for a course in Algebra. I don't think that you could do any better than this.
Published 1 month ago by srdowns
3.0 out of 5 stars good - designed for kids
If it wasn't designed for kids i would give it 4 stars - if it went more into depth i would give it 5 stars - it is still a really good book and i do recommend this book but i wish... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR O
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
A necessary companion for the workbook. Together the workbook and guide has been a big help for my grandson with 9th grade algebra.
Published 2 months ago by LarryT
5.0 out of 5 stars Math is witty again!
I bought this to re-learn algebra (to help my kids with future problem solving) and found it both well explained and witty, too! Read more
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