Editor/Author
Graham, Alan

Publication Year: 2017

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Price: Core Collection Only

ISBN: 978-1-4736-5197-5

Category: Mathematics & Statistics - Mathematics

Image Count:
204

Book Status: Available

Table of Contents

Do you shy away from using numbers? Basic Mathematics can help. An easy-to-follow guide, it will ensure you gain the confidence you need to tackle maths and overcome your fears.

- Meet the author
- Acknowledgements
- Introduction
- Reasons to be cheerful about mathematics
- Is this book really for me?
- Can I succeed now if I failed at school?
- Hasn't maths changed since I was at school?
- Will it help to use a calculator?
- Can I help my child?
- The magic number machine
- Numbers, numbers everywhere
- Saying hello to your calculator
- Introducing the counting numbers
- The calculator constant
- Tens and units
- Hundreds, thousands and beyond
- Children and numbers
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 2
- Calculating with numbers
- Properties of numbers
- Adding
- Subtracting
- Multiplying
- Dividing
- Knowing what sum to do
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 3
- Fractions
- Facing up to fractions
- What is a fraction?
- How to picture a fraction
- Fitting fractions into the number line
- What are equivalent fractions?
- Adding and subtracting fractions
- Multiplying and dividing fractions
- Ratio and proportion
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 4
- Decimals
- Decimal fractions
- What is the point of the decimal point?
- Using the four rules with decimals
- Dividing fractions
- An overview of decimals
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 5
- Percentages
- What is a percentage?
- Changing a fraction to a percentage
- Why bother with percentages?
- Calculating percentage increases and reductions
- Persistent problems with percentages
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 6
- Measuring
- What do we measure?
- Why do we measure?
- How do we measure?
- How accurately should we measure?
- Imperial and metric units
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 7
- Statistical graphs
- Barcharts and piecharts
- Scattergraphs and line graphs
- Misleading graphs
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 8
- Using a formula
- Is algebra abstract and irrelevant?
- Algebra as shorthand
- Calculating with formulas
- Proving with algebra
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 9
- Puzzles, games and diversions
- 1 Bus number game
- 2 Pub cricket
- 3 Guess my number
- 4 Finger tables
- 5 The story of 12
- 6 Magic squares
- 7 Magic triangle
- 8 Upside down
- 9 Logically speaking
- 10 The bells, the bells!
- 11 Calculator inversions
- 12 Four 4s
- 13 Return journey
- 14 Find the numbers
- 15 Explore and explain the pattern
- 16 1089 and all that
- 17 Large and small sums
- 18 Gold pieces
- 19 Initially speaking
- 20 Guess the number
- 21 Nim
- 22 Calculator snooker
- 23 Place Invaders
- Answers for Chapter 10
- Spreadsheets
- An overview of a spreadsheet
- Why bother using a spreadsheet?
- Using a spreadsheet
- Number sequences on a spreadsheet
- Percentages on a spreadsheet
- What else will a spreadsheet do?
- Answers to exercises for Chapter 11
- Diagnostic quiz
- Quiz
- Solutions to the quiz
- Detailed comments on the solutions
- Appendixes
- Appendix A: Calculating a best buy
- Appendix B: Reading the 24-hour clock
- Appendix C: Bus and railway timetables
- Appendix D: Checking the supermarket bill
- Appendix E: Understanding a shop receipt
- Appendix F: Checking the VAT
- Appendix G: Cooking with figures
- Appendix H: Buying a TV set
- Appendix I: Will it fit?
- Appendix J: Measures of alcohol
- Appendix K: Understanding barcodes
- Appendix L: Junk mail and free offers
- Appendix M: Winning on the National Lottery
- Appendix N: Safe travel
- Taking it further