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Algebra Workbook For Dummies Paperback – June 3, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764584671 ISBN-10: 0764584677 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764584677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764584671
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

From signed numbers to story problems — calculate equations with ease

Got a grasp on the terms and concepts you need to know, but get lost halfway through a problem or worse yet, not know where to begin? No fear — this hands-on-guide focuses on helping you solve the many types of algebra problems you encounter in a focused, step-by-step manner. With just enough refresher explanations before each set of problems, you'll sharpen your skills and improve your performance. You'll see how to work with fractions, exponents, factoring, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, graphs, and more!

100s of Problems!

  • Step-by-step answer sets clearly identify where you went wrong (or right) with a problem
  • The inside scoop on operating and factoring
  • Know where to begin and how to solve the most common equations
  • How to use algebra in practical applications with confidence

About the Author

Mary Jane Sterling is also the author of Algebra For Dummies, Trigonometry For Dummies, Algebra I CliffsStudySolver, and Algebra II CliffsStudySolver. She taught junior high and high school math for many years before beginning her current 25-years-and-counting tenure at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Mary Jane especially enjoys working with future teachers and trying out new technology.

More About the Author

Mary Jane Sterling teaches mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She has been teaching mathematics for over 30 years.

Customer Reviews

This book is easy to understand and makes learning fun and easy.
Cheryl Noel
I am returning to college after 15 years and I was very rusty on my algebra!
Patricia D. Case
I would recommend it to anyone looking to brush up on their algebra skills.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Mcginty on September 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm 35 and studying for a COMPASS test (college entrance exam for those who never took the ACT/SAT). I failed Algebra in High School, skipped classes alot, and remembered absolutely nothing, but I have a good head for numbers and logic, so I've found myself able to understand most of the concepts in this book so far. If you have no head for numbers, or feel that you aren't good with logic problems/eyeballing math questions, then you may want to also purchase the "Algebra For Dummies", as this book only *briefly* goes into each concept.

Also, as a side note: please don't give an item a review of 1 star simply because another dealer fell through on delivery: it can mislead people who just look at the overall rating of a product. :-)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Cole on August 22, 2006
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I have gone back to college after 20 years and need to take a College Algebra course. This workbook has been very helpful in reviewing things I went over a very long time ago and making sense out of them. I highly recommend it.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Joann C. Pool on February 25, 2006
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I purchased the Algebra for Dummies to help me in my Algebra class. Though it is a gret book and explains everything in a very easy to understand way, I felt I needed more practice with problems. This workbook did the trick!

It correlates with the first book and you can use them together to fully understand the rules and concepts. A+++
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The emphasis is on workbook, there is only the bare minimum of explanation of the concepts before you move on to the example problems and then the problems to be worked. In general the explanatory material is a few paragraphs in length. The details of how to carry out the specific operations are given in the two or three worked problems. An occasional "outlier" is also thrown in here. For example, on page 84, there is the question:

What's the state bird of Alaska?

The problems are standard for the subject matter and the solutions are presented in a step-by-step manner. The topics covered are:

*) Manipulating signed numbers
*) The manipulation laws of algebra
*) Manipulating fractions
*) Manipulating exponents
*) Manipulating radicals
*) Manipulating algebraic expressions
*) Manipulating polynomials
*) Multiplying and factoring trinomials
*) Solving linear equations
*) Solving quadratic equations
*) Solving radical equations
*) Solving inequalities
*) Working with basic geometric shapes
*) Geometric story problems
*) Linear story problems
*) Mixture story problems
*) Graphing

If you have a good grasp of algebra and need a quick review, then this book is ideal. However, if you do not know algebra, then this book is at best a supplement to your studies.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By LSF on August 4, 2009
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Having had to retake Algebra in high school, I considered myself worthy of this book's title. I bought the book and workbook and put in about 3-4 hours daily for 10 weeks. I also watched an episode of the original Star Trek daily, as Spock is my muse for math and science. I went through the book and workbook once and then through the workbook again and I was able to pass the placement at the city college I wanted to attend. I knew exactly when those two trains that left Kansas City at different times and at different speeds would be 870 miles apart. I was no longer intimidated by x. The boost that this gave to my confidence is priceless but sadly, Star Trek is not quite the same.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Knight on March 8, 2006
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This book is a very good teacher. I'm going back to school after 20 years and this book helped prepare me for the College Placement Test.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2009
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This book is great for not only the beginner in algebra but also for those who need a brush up. I purchased these books to help me review algebra since I'm heading back to college. I like the workbook; after you do the work you can check the answers at the end of the chapter and she even explains how the answers were worked out.
Both books are worked together so you can read over a whole chapter before you work in the workbook or just work in the workbook then read through the book when needed.
Over all this is a great set of books for learning algebra.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Noel on September 25, 2009
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This book is easy to understand and makes learning fun and easy. I used it to help me brush up on math skills to be able to take college entrance exam. I passed with flying colors! I highly recommend it to everyone of any age.
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