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Algebra I Essentials For Dummies

Algebra I Essentials For Dummies

Mary Jane Sterling

ISBN: 978-0-470-63816-3

Apr 2010

192 pages



With its use of multiple variables, functions, and formulas algebra can be confusing and overwhelming to learn and easy to forget. Perfect for students who need to review or reference critical concepts, Algebra I Essentials For Dummies provides content focused on key topics only, with discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical Algebra I course, from functions and FOILs to quadratic and linear equations. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical algebra concepts as they help students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom who just need a refresher of the core concepts.

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Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Setting the Scene for Actions in Algebra 5

Chapter 2: Examining Powers and Roots 17

Chapter 3: Ordering and Distributing: The Business of Algebra 25

Chapter 4: Factoring in the First and Second Degrees 33

Chapter 5: Broadening the Factoring Horizon 45

Chapter 6: Solving Linear Equations 57

Chapter 7: Tackling Second-Degree Quadratic Equations 73

Chapter 8: Expanding the Equation Horizon 89

Chapter 9: Reconciling Inequalities 105

Chapter 10: Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities 119

Chapter 11: Making Algebra Tell a Story 125

Chapter 12: Putting Geometry into Story Problems 137

Chapter 13: Grappling with Graphing 147

Chapter 14: Ten Warning Signs of Algebraic Pitfalls 163

Index 167