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Math For Real Life For Dummies

Math For Real Life For Dummies

Barry Schoenborn

ISBN: 978-1-118-45332-2

Feb 2013

288 pages



The easy way to brush up on the math skills you need in real life

Not everyone retains the math they learned in school. Like any skill, your ability to speak "math" can deteriorate if left unused. From adding and subtracting money in a bank account to figuring out the number of shingles to put on a roof, math in all of its forms factors into daily life. Math For Real Life For Dummies provides you with the simple formulas and theorems that you're likely to encounter in the workplace, the kitchen, and even when playing games.

You can turn to Math For Real Life For Dummies to brush up on your math skills or to handle everyday encounters, like calculating restaurant tips, understanding interest rates, and figuring out percentages and odds. Packed with real-world examples that make sense, Math For Real Life For Dummies takes the stress out of your daily calculation encounters.

  • Provides tips for understanding and using basic mathematical concepts
  • Shows you how math helps the mind to reason and organize complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps
  • Covers all of the math skills you're likely to need in everyday situations

If you're looking for a practical, plain-English guide to mastering everyday math skills, Math For Real Life For Dummies has you covered.

Introduction 1

Part I: Boning Up on Math Basics 7

Chapter 1: Awesome Operations: Math Fundamentals 9

Chapter 2: High School Reunion: Revisiting Key Principles of Algebra and Geometry 27

Chapter 3: Becoming a Believer: Conversion, Statistics,

Probability and More 47

Chapter 4: The Miracle of Mental Math 59

Part II: Math for Everyday Activities 71

Chapter 5: Let’s Make a Deal! Math You Use When Shopping 73

Chapter 6: Mmm, Mmm, Good: Kitchen Calculations 97

Chapter 7: It Does a Body Good: Math for Health and Well-Being  109

Chapter 8: Putting Geometry to Work at Home 129

Chapter 9: Math and Statistics around Town and on the Road 141

Part III: Math to Manage Your Personal Finances 161

Chapter 10: Budgets, Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and More 163

Chapter 11: Key Principles of Investment Math 183

Chapter 12: Covering Your Assets: Insurance Math 203

Chapter 13: Taking Math to Work 215

Chapter 14: How Taxing! (Almost) Understanding

the Government 229

Part IV: The Part of Tens 241

Chapter 15: Ten Quick Calculations You Can Do in Your Head 243

Chapter 16: Ten Activities That Build Math Skills 249

Index 255