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Basic Maths Practice Problems For Dummies, UK Edition

Colin Beveridge

ISBN: 978-1-118-35161-1 August 2012 384 Pages


Learn to:

  • Master maths with more than 2,000 practice questions
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with confidence
  • Work with decimals, fractions and percentages
  • Size up weights and measures

Fun, friendly coaching and all the practice you need to tackle maths problems with confidence and ease

In his popular Basic Maths For Dummies, professional maths tutor Colin Beveridge proved that he could turn anyone – even the most maths-phobic person – into a natural-born number cruncher. In this book he supplies more of his unique brand of maths-made-easy coaching, plus 2,000 practice problems to help you master what you learn. Whether you're prepping for a numeracy test or an employability exam, thinking of returning to school, or you'd just like to be one of those know-it-alls who says, 'Oh, that's easy!' about any maths problem that comes your way, this book is for you.

  • Master basic arithmetic, fast – in no time, solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems will seem as easy as tying your shoes
  • Face down fractions – you'll never again feel shy around fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios
  • Juggle weights and measures like a pro – whether it's a question of how much it weighs, how long (or far) it is, or how much it costs, you'll never be at a loss for an answer
  • Make shapes your playthings – circles, squares, triangles and rectangles – you'll measure them, draw them and manipulate them with ease

Open the book and find:

  • 2,000 pencil-and-paper practice problems
  • The keys to mastering addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • The lowdown on fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Basic geometry made easy
  • How to handle weights, measures and money problems
  • How to read charts, tables and graphs at a glance
Introduction  1

Part I: The Building Blocks of Maths  7

Chapter 1: Getting Started  9

Chapter 2: Introducing the Basics: Addition and Subtraction  17

Chapter 3: Equal Piles: Multiplying and Dividing  35

Chapter 4: Are We Nearly There Yet? Estimating and Rounding  53

Part II: Working with Parts of the Whole  67

Chapter 5: Facing Fractions without Fear  69

Chapter 6: What’s the Point? Dealing with Decimals  91

Chapter 7: It’s All Relative: Tackling Ratio and Proportion  107

Chapter 8: Working Out Perfect Percentages, 100% of the Time  127

Part III: Real-life Maths  147

Chapter 9: Clocking Time  149

Chapter 10: Counting the Cash: Dealing with Money  171

Chapter 11: Working with Weights 189

Chapter 12: Feeling the Heat: Getting to Grips with Temperature  203

Chapter 13: Sizing Up Shapes  219

Chapter 14: Sharpening Your Knowledge of Shapes 241

Part IV: Speaking Statistically  259

Chapter 15: Mining Data (No Hard Hat Required)  261

Chapter 16: Grappling with Graphs  289

Chapter 17: Average Joe: Sussing Out Statistics  299

Chapter 18: What Are the Chances? Playing with Probability  313

Part V: The Part of Tens  325

Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Ways to Check Your Work  327

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Remembering Your Number Facts  333

Chapter 21: Ten Top Tips for Getting Things Right  341

Index  347