Teach Yourself: Basic Mathematics: An Introduction

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
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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.

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Table of Contents

  • 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