Doing Simple Math in Your Head

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Almost all adults suffer a little math anxiety, especially when it comes to everyday problems they think they should be able to figure out in their heads. Want to figure the six percent sales tax on a $34.50 item? A 15 percent tip for a $13.75 check? The carpeting needed for a 12½-by-17-foot room? No one learns how to do these mental calculations in school, where the emphasis is on paper-and-pencil techniques. With no math background required and no long list of rules to memorize, this book teaches average adults...

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Overview

Almost all adults suffer a little math anxiety, especially when it comes to everyday problems they think they should be able to figure out in their heads. Want to figure the six percent sales tax on a $34.50 item? A 15 percent tip for a $13.75 check? The carpeting needed for a 12½-by-17-foot room? No one learns how to do these mental calculations in school, where the emphasis is on paper-and-pencil techniques. With no math background required and no long list of rules to memorize, this book teaches average adults how to simplify their math problems, provides ample real-life practice problems and solutions, and gives grown-ups the necessary background in basic arithmetic to handle everyday problems quickly.

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“An antidote to the way math is taught in schools.” —Library Journal
Library Journal
This is not a book for people who are afraid of math, although it is presented as an antidote to the way math is often taught in school. The author expresses a fascination with mathematical principles and a joy in number manipulation that will seem entirely unfamiliar to those who dislike math in the first place. The book offers a concise overview of basic arithmetic and helpful techniques for solving story problems (the bane of every schoolchild's existence). It's not quite as much fun as a book of math puzzles, but a grade-school student who enjoys math might like this book, or it could be used as a workbook for a class. For popular math collections.-- Amy Brunvand, Fort Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, Col.
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Published by Coast Publishing, PO Box 3399, Coos Bay, OR 97420. Basic information on how to simplify computations by reordering, rearranging, and breaking up numbers, using equivalents and identities, and approximating and rounding off. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556524233
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,026,776
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

W. J. Howard is a mathematician who specializes in making technical information understandable to the general reader.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Making Things Easier 7
2 Problems and Solutions 25
3 Background: Basic Arithmetic 79
Glossary 119
Index 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Great!

    Even though I was already advanced in math, this book provided me some awesome shortcuts. But if I think about it the concepts are pretty simple. In fact, I even knew some of the principles they taught me. This is a good buy.

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