For Math Aficionados From All Walks of Life!
The Little Green Math Book reads like a collection of math recipes to help us blend problems, principles, and approaches in creating our own lineup of splendid math cuisine. The book's four chapters include: (1) Basic Numeracy Ingredients, (2) Wonderful Math Recipes, (3) Favorite Numeracy Dishes, and (4) Special Math Garnishments. Along with 30 of the most fundamental, recurring math principles and rules, readers will find a three-tier system to rate the difficulty level of all problems – one chili (“mild”), two chilies (“hot”), and three chilies (“very hot”).
Fine-tune your numerical mindset with a quantitative review that serves as a refresher course and as a tool for perceiving math in a new way. Whether you’re a high school or college student, test-prep candidate, or working professional, this book’s wealth of explanations and insights makes it a perfect learning companion.
Enjoy the benefits of your own self-paced math course:
*Contains 120 all-star problems to help readers discover the secrets of basic math.
*Develop a feel for how numbers behave and what makes math problems tick.
*Learn to solve equations by translating math into words and thinking conceptually.
*Watch for pitfalls when working with percentage increase and decrease.
*Use simple math to solve “business” scenarios involving price, cost, volume, profit, and break-even, as well as how to calculate markup versus margin and efficiency.
*Be able to glance at graphs and grasp their underlying meaning.
*Understand correlation: weak or strong, positive or negative, linear or nonlinear.
*Gain a newfound confidence with an increased competency with numbers.
Book’s contents: Topics covered in this book include: Chapter 1 – Basic Numeracy Ingredients (percentages, ratios and proportions, reciprocals, order of operations); Chapter 2 – Wonderful Math Recipes (overlap scenarios, matrix scenarios, mixture scenarios, weighted average scenarios); Chapter 3 – Favorite Numeracy Dishes (markup vs. margin, price-cost-volume and profit, break-even point, aggregate costs vs. per-unit costs, efficiency, distribution and allocation); Chapter 4 – Special Math Garnishments (translating basic graphs: line graphs, pie charts, and bar charts, correlation, measures of average and dispersion, and statistical significance); Appendix I – Numeracy Principles 1 to 30 (summary of all principles); Appendix II – The World of Numbers (number terminology, basic operations, number rules, divisibility rules); Appendix III – Translating Words into Numbers (classic translation scenarios, how to solve equations, making tricky conversions); Appendix IV – Tackling Squares and Cubes (using the “big” seven numbers); and Appendix V – Understanding How Variables Change (relationships: direct, indirect, proportional, disproportional).
Author's bio: Brandon Royal (CPA, MBA) is an award-winning writer whose educational authorship includes The Little Blue Reasoning Book, The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Gold Grammar Book, and The Little Purple Probability Book. During his tenure working in Hong Kong for US-based Kaplan Educational Centers – a Washington Post subsidiary and the largest test-preparation organization in the world – Brandon honed his theories of teaching and education and developed a set of key learning “principles” to help define the basics of writing, grammar, math, and reasoning. A Canadian by birth and graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, his interest in writing began after completing writing courses at Harvard University. Since then he has authored a dozen books and reviews of his books have appeared in Time Asia magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal of America, Midwest Book Review, The Asian Review of Books, Choice Reviews Online, Asia Times Online, and About.com. Brandon is a five-time winner of the International Book Awards, a five-time gold medalist at the President’s Book Awards, as well as a winner of the Global eBook Awards, the USA Book News “Best Book Awards,” and recipient of the 2011 “Educational Book of the Year” award as presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.
“This book brilliantly shows the structure and subtlety of basic math. Math is a global language that knows no borders and opens opportunities for us all.”
—Rick Frishman, author, speaker, and media expert; treasurer and secretary for the Dr. Mark Victor Hansen Foundation, “literacy to end poverty”
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