Overcome math anxiety and find out how you can be the star student in your class with these handy guides. These books tackle the most common stumbling blocks students face when trying to master mathematical concepts. Each book is written in a clear style with loads of examples and sample problems to help the guide the way. |

Algebra for the Utterly Confusedby Larry StephensToday Stephens holds a doctorate in statistics, but in high school he was a math phobic and utterly average in his grades. So, he understands the confusion associated with the fundamentals of his life's work, he says. With that approach, the author offers this straightforward introduction to the topic that serves as the foundation for so many other mathematical pursuits. Using practical examples and lacing the text with "quick tips," points to memorize, and trouble spots that frustrated him and others learning algebra, Stephens explains functions, linear equations, polynomials, quadratic functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions. McGraw, 2000, 221 p., b&w; illus., paperback |

Bob Miller's Geometry for the Cluelessby Bob MillerDo theorems, figures, and angles leave your head spinning? If so, then you are like hundreds of thousands of other students who face geometry with trepidation. Luckily, Bob Miller is here to help. Like the teacher you always wished you had (but never thought existed), Miller brings a combination of knowledge, empathy, and fun to the often-troubling subject of geometry. He breaks down the learning process in an easy, nontechnical way and builds it up again using his own unique methods. Packed with all the information you need to conquer geometry, the intensive study guide gives you: * full explanations of basic principles to make hard problems easy * quick tips for solving difficult problems * bite-sized math portions that fit short study sessions * easy-to-grasp methods --from McGraw Hill McGraw Hill, 2000, 192 pages, 7 1/4" x 9 1/4", paperback |

How to Ace Calculus--Colin Adams, Abigail Thompson, and Joel HassWritten by three gifted teachers, How to Ace Calculus provides humorous and highly readable explanations of the key topics of calculus without the technical details and fine print that would be found a formal text. Capturing the tone of students exchanging ideas among themselves, this unique guide also explains how calculus is taught, how to get the best teachers, what to study, and what is likely to be on exams--all the tricks of the trade that will make learning the material of first-semester calculus a piece of cake. Funny, irreverent, and flexible, How to Ace Calculus shows why learning calculus can be not only a mind-expanding experience, but also fantastic fun. --from WH Freeman Freeman, 1998, 230 p., 7 1/4" x 9 1/4", illus., paperback |

How to Solve Word Problems in Geometryby Dawn SovaWord Problems?? NO PROBLEM!! Be prepared for the word-problem section of your test! With this easy-to-use pocket guide, solving word problems in geometry becomes almost fun. This anxiety-quelling guide helps you get ready for those daunting word problems, one step at a time. The fully explained examples show you how easy it can be to translate word problems into solvable geometric formulas-and get the answers right! You have complete directions for solving problems that involve extensive use of figures, visual calculations, and more. There's no geometry word problem too tough for How to Solve Word Problems in Geometry. Sanity-saving features include: Skill-checking practice drill Dozens of practice problems Complete explanations of every step. --from McGraw Hill McGraw Hill, 2000, 153 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", paperback |

How to Solve Word Problems in Algebraby Mildred Johnson and Tim JohnsonBe prepared for the word-problem section of your test! With this easy-to-use pocket guide, solving word problems becomes almost fun. This anxiety-quelling guide help you get ready for those daunting word problems, one step at a time. The fully explained examples show you how easy it can be to translate word problems into solvable formulas-and get the answers right. Step-by-step you'll learn how to solve word problems with every step explained. Dozens of sample problems cover problems of every type. Learn how to solve problems involving time, money, distance, and more! McGraw Hill, 2000, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", paperback |

Statistics for the Utterly Confusedby Lloyd R. JaisinghGeared toward students, as well as graduates looking to get reacquainted with the subject, this guide provides a hands-on approach to statistics. Beginning with the fundamentals-pie charts, bar charts, and frequency-the text systematically moves through bivariate data and probability distribution. Along the way, "Quick Tips" give shortcuts and points to remember. Each chapter concludes with a bunch of multiple-choice and true-false questions and written exercises. These tests and a comprehensive final at the book's end show readers how statistical analysis applies to everyday circumstances. McGraw, 2000, 318 p., illus., paperback |

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