# The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra

### Quick & Dirty Tips

#### Available Formats

Need some serious help solving equations? Totally frustrated by polynomials, parabolas and that dreaded little x?

THE MATH DUDE IS HERE TO HELP!

Jason Marshall, popular podcast host known to his fans as The Math Dude, understands that algebra can cause agony. But he’s determined to show you that you can solve those confusing, scream-inducing math problems--and it won’t be as hard as you think!

Jason kicks things off with a basic-training boot camp to help you review the essential math you’ll need to truly "get" algebra. The basics covered, you’ll be ready to tackle the concepts that make up the core of algebra. You’ll get step-by-step instructions and tutorials to help you finally understand the problems that stump you the most, including loads of tips on:

• Working with fractions, decimals, exponents, radicals, functions, polynomials and more
• Solving all kinds of equations, from basic linear problems to the quadratic formula and beyond
• Using graphs and understanding why they make solving complex algebra problems easier
Learning algebra doesn’t have to be a form of torture, and with The Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra, it won’t be. Packed with tons of fun features including "secret agent math-libs," and "math brain games," and full of quick and dirty tips that get right to the point, this book will have even the biggest math-o-phobes basking in a-ha moments and truly understanding algebra in a way that will stick for years (and tests) to come. Whether you're a student who needs help passing algebra class, a parent who wants to help their child meet that goal, or somebody who wants to brush up on their algebra skills for a new job or maybe even just for fun, look no further. Sit back, relax, and let this guide take you on a trip through the world of algebra.

Jason Marshall

## Book Excerpts

Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra
* PART I*WHAT IS ALGEBRA, REALLY?

We learn the essentials of algebra and find out how to "take it to the streets" to help us get stuff done.

Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.
--William ShakespeareCHAPTER 1Taking Algebra to the StreetsIf people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.
--John von Neumann

In case you haven't heard the news, it turns out that life is not just about
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## Reviews

### Praise for The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra

"Chock-full of diagrams, illustrations, and examples, this book strips away some of the mystery, thereby eliminating common stumbling blocks."--Library Journal

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### Jason Marshall

When not writing and hosting the Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast, Jason Marshall works as a staff research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Jason obtained a PhD from Cornell University, where he worked with the team of astronomers that built the IRS (nothing to do with taxes) instrument for the Spitzer Space Telescope and helped teach many physics and astronomy classes. In addition to these astronomical pursuits, Jason has many earthly interests: traveling the world, tinkering with technology, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife, Shannon, fixing up their small but increasingly comfortable Los Angeles area home.

Jason Marshall

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### Available Formats and Book Details

The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra

## e-Book Agency

St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429983365
ISBN10: 1429983361
240 pages
\$9.99

## Unabridged Digital Audio

Macmillan Audio
July 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427217721
ISBN10: 1427217726
Audio Run Time: 30
\$0.99

St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2011
ISBN: 9780312569563
ISBN10: 0312569564
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 496 pages, Includes black-and-white charts, index
\$19.99
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