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

Quick & Dirty Tips

## Jason Marshall

### St. Martin's Griffin

0312569564

9780312569563

496 Pages

\$21.99

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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.

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• #### How to Add Quickly, Part 2

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• #### How to (Really) Calculate Standard Deviation

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• #### The Fibonacci Sequence and Rabbits

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• #### How to Use Long Division

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• #### How to Calculate and Interpret Median Values

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• #### How to Remove Tourists from Your Photos

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• #### How to Use Percentages to Easily Calculate Tips

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• #### What Are Decimals?

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• #### What Are Sequences in Math

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• #### What Are Numerators and Denominators?

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• #### What Is a Geometric Sequence?

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• #### How to Add Quickly, Part 1

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• #### What Are Fractions?

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• #### How to Use Percentages to Calculate Sales Prices

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• #### What's the Exact Value of the Golden Ratio?

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