The Little Green Math Book: 30 Powerful Principles for Building Math and Numeracy Skills (3rd Edition)

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Maven Publishing, Jan 1, 2013 - Mathematics - 284 pages

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 100 problems – one chili (“mild”), two chilies (“hot”), and three chilies (“very hot”).

Enjoy the benefits of your own self-paced math course: 
*Develop a feel for how numbers behave and what makes math problems tick. 
*Review the five classic formulas governing percentage increase and decrease. 
*Watch for pitfalls when expressing ratios as fractions, percents, or decimals. 
*Employ templates to solve math problems of similar category or type. 
*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 read graphs and grasp their underlying math themes. 
*Understand correlation: weak or strong, positive or negative, linear or nonlinear. 
*Gain a newfound confidence with an increased competency with numbers.

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).

This book – a gold medal winner at the President’s Book Awards and winner of the USA Book News Best Book Awards – is suitable for high school and college students, as well as any individual wanting to improve his or her core essential math and numeracy skills.“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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Brandon Royal (CPA, MBA) is an award-winning writer whose educational authorship includes The Little Blue Reasoning Book, The Little Red Writing Book, and The Little Gold Grammar Book. He continues to write and publish in the belief that there will always be a place for books that inspire, enlighten, and enrich.

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