Math for Grownups

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Ever wish you'd paid more attention in math class? From third grade to senior year of high school, it went in one ear and out the other, didn't it?

But now you're staring at the new washer and dryer, trying to figure out the percentage of sales tax on the purchase price. You multiply something by something, right? Or you're scratching your head, wondering how to compute the odds that your football team will take next Sunday's game. You're ...

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Overview

Ever wish you'd paid more attention in math class? From third grade to senior year of high school, it went in one ear and out the other, didn't it?

But now you're staring at the new washer and dryer, trying to figure out the percentage of sales tax on the purchase price. You multiply something by something, right? Or you're scratching your head, wondering how to compute the odds that your football team will take next Sunday's game. You're pretty sure that involved ratios. The problem is, you can't quite remember.

Here you get an adult refresher and real-life context—with examples ranging from how to figure out how many shingles it takes to re-roof the garage to the formula for resizing Mom's tomato sauce recipe for your entire family.

Forget higher calculus—you just need an open mind. And with this practical guide, math can stop being scary and start being useful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440512636
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/18/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 589,200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Laing graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Mathematics. After teaching high school math for four years, she became a staff writer for Inside Business. Her articles have appeared in Parade, The City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Advocate. Visit her blog at www.mathforgrownups.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Everyday Math: Easier Than Running Out of Paint VI

1 At the Store: Deal or No Deal? 1

2 At the Dealership: Leasing vs. Buying, New vs. Used-You Do the Math 29

3 On the Market: Buying a House by the Numbers 55

4 At Home: Will Your New Fridge Fit? 77

5 In the Kitchen: Making More, Making Less-Recipe Math to the Rescue! 97

6 In the Yard: If a Train Leaves Omaha at 8 A.M., How Much Lawn Edging Do You Need? 121

7 In the Craft Room: Measure Twice, Cut Once 139

8 At the Bank: Income Minus Expenses Equals Happiness (or Misery) 155

9 In the Gym: How Many Miles on the Treadmill to Burn Off One Doughnut? 181

10 On the Road: When Will You Get There and How Much Will You Spend? 201

Appendix: Fabulous Formulas 221

Glossary 227

Index 237

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    great refresher course

    This is a good refresher course on all the math you have forgotten over the years. The book is easy to understand and full of real life applications/examples. It has helped me with work and home situations. I have also used it as a tool to work on homework with my kids. I would definitely recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Great tips and shortcuts for everyday life math for the not-so-mathy types.

    I'm a bit of a math freak, so while I picked up a couple new shortcuts, there wasn't all that much in this for me.
    HOWEVER, after reading it, I knew it was just what my husband might need (he's that guy who always turns a little pink with embarassment as he hands me the restaraunt check, so I can figure the tip for him.)

    He's taking it one thing at a time, and practicing what he learned for awhile after each chapter, so he's only a couple chapers in, but for the first time, all those same tricks I tried to teach him are finally starting to make sense to him, and stick!

    Well done, Ms Laing. Well done!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended - great

    A great book for those that want to be up on the current math of the time very easy to follow and great examples

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    9/54 is _____ % ?

    Answer: 17% here is how you do it: first you divide 9 by 54 and get .166666666666666......... . Then you round that to 17.
    I did that without the book. Have not bought it. This is from an 11 yr old 5th grader. Does the book tell you how to do that? In an easier way?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Nv

    Wow. Lamo!!

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    Posted January 18, 2012

    Wo

    I can only borow 1of ur books??

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Interesting

    Intresting some nice tips. I think I will use it from time to time

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Not good

    Did not like this book at all. It did not meet my expectations. I work with everyday business math and was unable to follow the book. Perhaps you can!

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Could Have Been Better!

    This book by author Laura Laing was okay but not exactly what I was looking for. It's useful though. I'm still awful at math and some point will take a second look.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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