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- ISBN-10: 111845331X
- ISBN-13: 978-1118453315
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Math for Real Life for Dummies
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My girl friend gave me a recipe from Germany, with measurements different of course than what we here in the states use, so, having my book sitting close by...there was a conversion chart right there, whew!
Later in the evening I was flipping through the pages only to learn these cute little tricks for what I would call head math. There is another section that actually explained Vegas style gambling, especially craps, which I have never understood at all, in a way I could grasp.
There is humor and fun in this book which I really only wanted, because I suspect I have forgotten more since high school algebra and geometry than I ever knew to begin with. This book let me know, I may not be alone in that, and guess what? there is an easy to reference place to go for all things common in math.
Color me happy. Thank you to the Dummies people for coming up with a book I really will use.
Well, I finally got my book back, and she was right. Some of the headings are funny, but the fact is they help ease you into understanding math problems that have confounded the ages--or at least people like me who have always had fear and difficulty with math and how to use it. Geometry and algebra brought fear and loathing into my brain. My expertise in school was in the humanities, and I make my living as a writer working with words, so throughout high school, college, and graduate school I fought losing battles with any type of numbers problems. The multiple statistics courses I had to take almost drove me drooling into a rubber room. I could have really used this book then, but the good thing is anyone can use it right now. Most people have a cookbook or two in their kitchens to help them prepare new and delicious meals. This book might be considered a math cookbook with recipes for solving everyday living, school, and business problems, and there are not even any calories to contend with.
The first part of the book is an everyman's (or everywoman's) explanation of math, geometry, algebra, and simple statistics. The next sections contain descriptions of how to:
* Use your newly-remembered or newly-found skills to solve a myriad of needs in your home, school, or business.
* Figure out really good deals when shopping.Read more ›
So I stopped asking.
Up until then, I'd always been one of the best math students in class. But in that sixth-grade class, I fell behind and never caught up, simply avoiding math whenever possible in the next several decades of my life because I knew I was terrible at it.
Needless to say, I was skeptical that any of that would change when I first opened Barry Schoenborn's "Math for Real Life for Dummies," but Schoenborn, a longtime math and science teacher as well as technical writer, has a way of making math seem not so scary, palatable, and sometimes even fun in this 268-page, paperback volume. Rather than read the book from cover to cover, I peeked at most of the section over a two-week period -- Schoenborn says you can do that -- and found some of the most helpful math formulas, techniques and hints I've learned since college.
How do you quickly figure out a restaurant tip amount in your head? The simple method is there. How much money will you spend on gas during your summer vacation? Schoenborn covers that. He even tackles subjects like algebra, geometry and probability without making them sound like hopelessly dense physics formulas penned by Einstein.
I'm not saying all of this made me a born-again math lover. That will never happen thanks to Mrs. Lane.
But having this book around for reference has made me just a little bit less afraid of doing things like calculating simple interest.
And that alone makes it a worthwhile investment.
The author, Barry Schoenborn, has a remarkable gift for explaining, in a funny and light-hearted way, how to solve the quantitative problems of everyday life.
Before the book came along, I tried to explain how to calculate miles/per gallon to an intelligent person with limited math skills. I thought it was obvious--didn't everyone's father drill that as a requirement for driving? Well, no, it turns out. It was frustrating to discover my false assumptions and to fail in my task. That's when the hours spent so long ago by my teachers and parents requiring me to memorize the multiplication tables finally made sense. Mr. Schoenborn kindly starts with the basics and calmly shows how to solve problems for everyone--even those not blessed with a strong math foundation.
Although the title says for Dummies, don't let that turn you off. Even if you think you know how to calculate gambling odds, for example, it's enlightening and entertaining to see what the author reveals. There are so many things you may have known once (like how to calculate how much paint to buy), but Mr. Schoenborn takes you through it.
For generations who've grown up with calculators everywhere it must seem unnecessary to learn basic math skills (including memorizing those multiplication tables), but as the author points out, it allows for mental math and quick estimates, and it's the basis for many kinds of calculations. The book also shows how to analyze and simplify everyday problems. In our market based economy real life math skill are survival skills.
This book is a must-have for any home and every car's glove compartment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice math book. Practical. I do wish math people didn't have such swell heads, and would simply make math something more practical and universal that everyone could easily use. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leonard Cummings
Excellent refresher book for thos everyday math problems that we take for grantedPublished 5 months ago by Brit
It simplified the concepts however i wish that there were more examples to practice. Great arrival timePublished 9 months ago by mercedes
As an educator I like to see if a book can be used as a classroom reference. This one is a good one.Published 17 months ago by HJB57
I purchased three such books under the "Dummies" category in hopes of more instructional material. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Yolanda
I am using it as a teacher so the only thing I didn't like was that it is not in a format with sample problems. Otherwise great content.Published on January 20, 2014 by Norman Rockwell
I ordered this book as a refresher for myself and as a tool to help my school age children. I needed a refresher as it had been years since I'd had any type of math class. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Happy Chappy
Between this book and the Khan Academy site, you should get a solid refresher in math. I used this the first day because I forget how to divide fractions and boom, I was done in 2... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Lance M. Foster