Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra: Learning Pre-Algebra is Easy! Just Ask Dr. Math!
You, too, can understand algebra-just ask Dr. Math??!
Getting ready to take your first algebra class? Don't panic. Making the leap from the concrete world of numbers and real objects to the abstract world of letters and symbols doesn't have to be as scary as it sounds. Dr. Math??-the popular online math resource for students, parents, and teachers-is here to help!
Students just like you have been turning to Dr. Math for years asking questions about math problems, and the math doctors at The Math Forum have helped them find the answers with lots of clear explanations and helpful hints. Now, with Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra, you'll learn just what it takes to succeed in this subject. You'll find the answers to dozens of real questions from students who needed help understanding the basic math concepts in a typical pre-algebra class. You'll learn all about basic algebraic operations and their connections to the real world. Pretty soon, everything from integers to single-variable equations will make sense. Plus, you'll get plenty of tips for working with tricky problems.
You won't find a better introduction to the world and language of algebra anywhere!
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By Lucy Moore - October 25, 2006
Since my son started using BeeStar online math, he often asks questions about math problems. They are more and more challenging to me. This book came in as a big help. Its friendly question and answer format makes it very easy to use. The answers are insightful and presented in an elegant and simple manner that makes otherwise hard-to-explain concepts easy. It not only teaches the conventional math, but also gives you the context and the thoughts behind the principles. My son's math sense is improved significantly since I used this invaluable book. We love it.
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By Sam L. Savage "Author - The Flaw of Averages" - September 15, 2003
Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra contains answers to some pithy questions. �What is algebra?� The answer starts out: �Algebra is like arithmetic, but in algebra some of the numbers have names instead of values.�As another example, �It makes no sense to me why someone would replace a number with a letter� signed Carissa. The answer is in part �You�re doing something a little like algebra whenever you use a pronoun. You could have written this: It makes no sense to Carissa why someone would replace a number with a letter�Or how about: �An algebraic expression is like a word or phrase, and an equation is like a sentence.�A successful textbook is easy to TEACH from because it has lots of exercises, and plenty of extra padding in case there isn�t quite enough useful content to fill the entire semester. Reading a successful textbook is often like eating sawdust. In contrast, Dr. Math Gets... read more
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By Quirkywriter "karieo" - February 2, 2009
I bought Ready for Algebra because we're homeschooling and I have trouble with math. I'm an older-than-usual mom and it's been 40 years since I had algebra, so I need help. Frankly, I got this book for myself. The cartoons, the simple explanations, and the blessings of an index and glossary are helping pave the way for me as I work alongside my daughter in math. Now I'll understand what she's asking and not have to call our mentor math mom all the time. :)