Head First Algebra

Head First Algebra

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by Tracey Pilone, Dan Pilone
     
 

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Having trouble understanding algebra? Do algebraic concepts, equations, and logic just make your head spin? We have great news: Head First Algebra is designed for you. Full of engaging stories and practical, real-world explanations, this book will help you learn everything from natural numbers and exponents to solving systems of equations and graphing

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Having trouble understanding algebra? Do algebraic concepts, equations, and logic just make your head spin? We have great news: Head First Algebra is designed for you. Full of engaging stories and practical, real-world explanations, this book will help you learn everything from natural numbers and exponents to solving systems of equations and graphing polynomials.

Along the way, you'll go beyond solving hundreds of repetitive problems, and actually use what you learn to make real-life decisions. Does it make sense to buy two years of insurance on a car that depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot? Can you really afford an XBox 360 and a new iPhone? Learn how to put algebra to work for you, and nail your class exams along the way.

Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Algebra uses a visually rich format specifically designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596514860
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/02/2009
Series:
Head First Series
Pages:
562
Sales rank:
718,259
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.97(d)

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Meet the Author

Tracey Pilone is a freelance technical writer who has supported mission planning and RF analysis software for the Navy. She is a licensed Civil Engineer who has worked in construction management for several years in Washington DC. She has a Civil Engineering degree from Virgina Tech and a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia.

Dan Pilone is a Senior Software Architect with Blueprint Technologies, Inc. He has designed and implemented systems for Hughes, ARINC, UPS, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He also teaches project management, software design, and software engineering at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. Dan has written several books on software development, including "UML 2.0 in a Nutshell" (0-596-00795-7) and "UML 2.0 Pocket Reference" (0-596-10208-9), both O'Reilly.

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Head First Algebra 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JackJ More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Why? I had an excellent algebra teacher in high school, and as I went through the book, I could hear his clear, concise instructions again. This is the second Head First book I've reviewed, the first was Head First Physics. In contrast to that book, I believe this book could be used as a textbook in high school algebra. Many math teachers are not gifted; their students are reduced to pouring through the text, scouring the examples to try and figure out what's going on. This book in many ways can substitute for a good algebra teacher, and it could make a good teacher even better. The book proceeds in the usual Head First manner, using conversations about "real world" situations designed to attract young people's attention (how big a gaming system can I afford?). There is much more effort given to an explanation of the process of evaluating expressions and problems, there is less given to working through many problems. The use of a book of algebra problems would an excellent adjunct to this book, think of this book as the instructor, and the problem book to be utilized for homework to cement the problem solving algorithms necessary for long term retention of the steps of problem solving. The book would also be useful for the adult who missed out on algebra, and may be wondering what he/she missed. The approach is very non-threatening and relaxed, the explanations don't use technical math jargon. Where technical terms are used, they're associated with an easy to understand explanation. The pace feels much slower than many introductory algebra books, but the necessary meat is there. In short, highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago