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Short-Cut Math (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – April 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0486246116 ISBN-10: 0486246116 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (April 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486246116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486246116
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well written, Simple techniques.
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If you are like me, doing most of your math through computers, you may find the need to go back and brush up on the fundamentals.
Richard M. Rollo
I thought it was a good book and will use it with my grandson for years to come.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Rollo on December 28, 2007
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What a great little book! If you are like me, doing most of your math through computers, you may find the need to go back and brush up on the fundamentals. For me, one of the most valuable sections was on how to set up a columnar addition problem to work it left to right. I can do long division, algebra....you name it...but I have had problems adding columns of numbers in the conventional manner. Perhaps its a form of dyslexia. Anyway, Kelly shows you how to work the problems left to right, which I found helpful. His explanation of aliquot relationships was better than I got in junior high.

I like the emphasis on learning to work the problem to the level of precision you need. Say, if your house is so many square feet rounded and you want to find out how much paint will cover the surface, you may require 5.452 gallons of paint, but you'll have to buy 6 gallons from the store. So what's the point of the precision?

This book is exceptionally well written. Each problem is worked out or resolved completely. When I used it, I covered up the answers and worked each problem. I spent no more than 20-30 minutes a day to keep it fresh and drudgery free.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Joe Waynick VINE VOICE on October 30, 2006
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In my online bookselling business I live a life dominated by numbers so anything I find that speeds the manipulation of large computations is a godsend. This little book handles the equation nicely. Its unassuming stature hides a powerhouse of mathematical linguistics that brings speed and better accuracy to a wide range of numerical problem solving situations. It's simple, clean-cut approach to finding easy solutions to everyday math problems should be a tremendous help to everyone who reads it whether it's for business or personal use.

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1998
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Being slightly math phobic, I have always tried to find easier ways to solve math problems. This book gave my current methods credibility and gave me new ideas and methods to try. It even helped me feel more confident about my abilities. I'm sure just about anyone could get something out of this book.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David E. Woods on October 8, 2009
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I liked this book because it showed me how to approach simple math problems in flexible ways. In short, the techniques were like many algebra problems I had dealt with; if you don't like the form or layout of a problem, change it to something simpler or nicer or else think of it in a different way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clifford F. Lykke on February 24, 2012
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Here is a way to enjoy math and exercise your brain at the same time. Pick it up anytime for a fun break in your day.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tara Angel-Sarantakos on February 24, 2011
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I wanted to get brainetics but didn't have enough $ to afford it so I got this book instead & I'm impressed,just like it with out the high cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James M. Brown on December 21, 2012
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This work was fun to read and absorb all the fun shortcuts to mathematical calculations. Even if one doesn't use the majority of the "shortcuts" defined in this book, the ones that you do use will make your life simpler. It is definetly worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barbara on May 2, 2014
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I like this book because it taught me some quick ways to do math and to figure out stuff in my head without writing it down on paper. I would definitely advise other people to try it out and I'm sure they will not be disappointed
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