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Algebra I Essentials for Dummies

With its use of multiple variables, functions, and formulas algebra can be confusing and overwhelming to learn and easy to forget. Perfect for students who need to review or reference critical concepts, Algebra I Essentials For Dummies provides content focused on key topics only, with discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in a typical Algebra I course, from functions and FOILs to quadratic and linear equations. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical algebra concepts as they help students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom who just need a refresher of the core concepts. The Essentials For Dummies Series Dummies is proud to present our new series, The Essentials For Dummies. Now students who are prepping for exams, preparing to study new material, or who just need a refresher can have a concise, easy-to-understand review guide that covers an entire course by concentrating solely on the most important concepts. From algebra and chemistry to grammar and Spanish, our expert authors focus on the skills students most need to succeed in a subject.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Setting the Scene for Actions in Algebra 5 Chapter 2: Examining Powers and Roots 17 Chapter 3: Ordering and Distributing: The Business of Algebra 25 Chapter 4: Factoring in the First and Second Degrees 33 Chapter 5: Broadening the Factoring Horizon 45 Chapter 6: Solving Linear Equations 57 Chapter 7: Tackling Second-Degree Quadratic Equations 73 Chapter 8: Expanding the Equation Horizon 89 Chapter 9: Reconciling Inequalities 105 Chapter 10: Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities 119 Chapter 11: Making Algebra Tell a Story 125 Chapter 12: Putting Geometry into Story Problems 137 Chapter 13: Grappling with Graphing 147 Chapter 14: Ten Warning Signs of Algebraic Pitfalls 163 Index 167

About the Author

Mary Jane Sterling is professor ofmathematics at Bradley University.She is the author of many booksincluding Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition and Algebra Workbook For Dummies.

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