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.
About the Author
Barry Schoenborn, a longtime math, science, and technical writer, is the coauthor of Technical Math For Dummies, Medical Dosage Calculations For Dummies, and Physician Assistant Exam For Dummies.
Table of Contents
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