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Technical Math For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Barry Schoenborn , Bradley Simkins
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Book Description

Technical Math For Dummies is your one-stop, hands-on guideto acing the math courses you’ll encounter as you work towardgetting your degree, certification, or license in the skilledtrades.

You’ll get easy-to-follow, plain-English guidance onmathematical formulas and methods that professionals use every dayin the automotive, health, construction, licensed trades,maintenance, and other trades. You’ll learn how to applyconcepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and their formulasrelated to occupational areas of study. Plus, you’ll find outhow to perform basic arithmetic operations and solve word problemsas they’re applied to specific trades.

  • Maps to a course commonly required by vocational schools,community and technical college, or for certification in theskilled trades
  • Covers the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, andtrigonometry
  • Helps professionals keep pace with job demands

Whether you’re a student currently enrolled in a programor a professional who is already in the work force, TechnicalMath For Dummies gives you everything you need to improve yourmath skills and get ahead of the pack.

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Improve your technical math skills and get ahead of the pack

Are you a vocational student or a trade professional? This is your one-stop, hands-on guide to mastering the math you'll encounter on the job or while working toward your degree or certification. You'll get easy-to-follow, plain-English guidance on mathematical formulas and methods that professionals

  • use every day in the automotive, health, and other trades.
  • Sharpen your tools — refresh your basic math skills, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement and conversion, and learn how to tackle operations better and faster

  • Start your engines — find out how to easily master algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts

  • Take the mystery out of math — discover how to work withcommon formulas to solve problems with multiple steps, and break down pesky word problems

  • Get down to business — take a look at "life math" (and learn how it's different from "classroom math") to get a handle on how you'll apply your math skills in your real-world technical work

Open the book and find:

  • Math myth busters

  • An easy approach to fractions, percentages, exponents, and square roots

  • Plain-English explanations of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry

  • How to remove the mystery from word problems

  • Tips on working with the essential tools and equipment that make arithmetic easy

  • The formulas you need to know

  • The math you'll encounter in your daily work, no matter your profession

Learn to:

  • Understand mathematical concepts used in the skilled trades and by health care, culinary, and technical professionals

  • Use fundamental formulas and methods to excel in the workplace, classrooms, and on job sites

  • Apply algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to solve on-the-job problems

About the Author

Barry Schoenborn is a technical writer who has worked in many of the trades described in the book.

Bradley Simkins has taught numerous classes and tutored at the Multimedia Math Learning Center at American River College in Sacramento.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4920 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470598743
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Household August 11, 2010
This book is like that first lick off a chocolate mint ice cream cone or the feel of the ocean breeze on your face ; you just gotta experience it first hand to know why I purchased over a dozen copies for every household of my nieces and nephews, friends who help their children with math homework, K-12, and to a middle school math teacher to remind him how math can be taught quite simply with meaning and enjoyment.

This book ought to be next to that dictionary in every household. It covers concepts from addition to Trigonometry in the most learner/reader friendly way. This book covers all subjects at the most practical level. You won't need to purchase books on various math topics, they're all here. And I didn't think I'd chuckle or laugh, learning about math.

Recently a math book for girls was released. What? Technical Book for Dummies doesn't perpetuate that myth about girls being less teachable or capable. This book addresses all people as learners, thus respecting all learners without indulging in gender myths.

I grew up hating and fearing math and avoided all math courses beyond basic math. This book changed everything. The difference is the humorous and patient voices of the authors. It's as though they knew they had to be delicate, uncomplicated with their language and funny to hold my attention before they could help me rid myself of past fears. This they did, without a touch of intimidation.

I highly recommend this book. You just gotta read a few pages to know why I compare this to an ice cream cone. Besides, I like authors who have confidence in their work. I've been promised that if I can't balance my check book after the chapter on checkbooks, one of the authors will personally come to my door to balance my checkbook for me.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Superhero Cool: Confidence With Math June 29, 2011
If I could only have one reference book, this is the one!

`Be Superhero Powerful: Use Math With Confidence' would have been a better title. I know the Dummies franchise is a successful and well known one, but really, next to public speaking probably nothing is more intimidating than math. Nobody looking for help with a problem wants to be reminded of an elementary school label like `Dummy.'

This book is not for dummies, it is for anyone who needs a clear, concise, easy to use resource to solve problems involving math. It is clever and funny while it helps.

Whether you were good at math once-upon-a-time, but just haven't been using trig regularly enough as an adult, or you never really `got' math, this book will help you to superhero confidence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Math Tutor EVER!!!!! August 16, 2012
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I bought this book for my Kindle because I was always horrible in Math and was in a college that required a math course. Needless to say I was not happy since I just never "got it". The authors are so easy to understand and funny. They take all the inhibitions away from learning math. I am really enjoying finally grasping the concepts that eluded me for so many years.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that either hates math or has struggled with just learning the basics, and even more than just basics. It's so easy to read, it keeps your attention because they speak our language and they really put it into a perspective that I can understand and relate to. I love the sense of humor they add to it. Kudo's to the authors. You have finally made learning math easy and fun.

They also have links for calculators you can download to your laptop or smart phone, and web sites for more information. I can't thank the authors enough for breaking thru my thick skull and fear of math so that I can actually pass my math course. You will not be disappointed. I promise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver! September 23, 2014
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This is by far the best book about math I've ever seen, for me my math story began only when I was in 9th grade, my math teacher hated me and not only that, I couldn't understand the difference between a denominator from a numerator, same story for the other 2 remaining years of high school, if you ask me, I couldn't tell you exactly how I manage to graduate, but I did after all...

Anyways, it wasn't until I became a graphic designer years later, that I wanted to study computer science (I wanted to learn how to program) so I enrolled college and... surprise! I needed to take "Math for Computer Science I"... when I got the book from college and read it I almost fainted, desperately, I signed for "Khan Academy" but it wasn't going as fast as I needed and, and I REALLY needed a super crash course for math as one of the 1st quizzes was due in a few days (less than a week) so I stumble upon this book and read the reviews, and I decided to give it a shot and in 3 days I read 65% of the book and it was good enough for me to start with the book from college, for the first time in my life I felt like I understood everything about it, and even thought, I was still making mistakes here and there (for obvious lack of practice and time) I DID understood the problems presented to me, needless to say, I feel so accomplished and not only that I did do the quiz and got 7 out of 10, which I know is not super, but is good enough for me.

In the meanwhile I can only hope, as the course progresses, I will practice more and get better, so by the time other quizzes and the exams arrive I will feel confident enough that I will be able to pass them.
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