Mathematics Survival Kit: How to Get an 'A' in Math

Paperback | June 30, 2005

byJack Weiner

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It's 2:00 a.m. and you are stuck. You have forgotten how to 'complete the square', which you need to finish that calculus, algebra or statistics question for an assignment due at 9 a.m. Your text gives lots of examples on the topic on hand, but none of the solutions outline the step-by-step techniques to complete the square. The Mathematics Survival Kit comes to your rescue, giving you the background you need to zero in on and solve your problem.From early high school to senior university, students, teachers and tutors will find this easy-to-use book a valuable companion for any math course. Each topic is covered in one page. Interactive format, Quick 5-minute concise and user friendly reviews. Each topic is clearly introduced and motivated. Straightforward examples. Examples illustrating a common variation. Two extra practice questions sections on 'How to Get and A in Math' and 'How to get Extra Help'·

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It's 2:00 a.m. and you are stuck. You have forgotten how to 'complete the square', which you need to finish that calculus, algebra or statistics question for an assignment due at 9 a.m. Your text gives lots of examples on the topic on hand, but none of the solutions outline the step-by-step techniques to complete the square. The Mat...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 10.88 × 8.38 × 0.4 inPublished:June 30, 2005Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0176418474

ISBN - 13:9780176418472


Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best teacher there is This book reviews everything you could possibly need to know as a math student- exactly what I needed for a university course when I forgot some high school material! it is the best teacher out there- next to Jack himself! It is so easy to understand and the best part is that each page is independent of the others so if you forget one thing you only have to go to one page- it makes it so easy to learn exactly what you need to know! TOTALLY worth the money- better than any textbook I've seen, thanks!
Date published: 2005-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's like having jack right beside you! This is a great resource for any student who is taking math - high school or university - and those of us who are trying to help them. It's like a math dictionary/encyclopedia! I give all my students 'how to get an A in math' and the ideas really do work. Ditto for 'how to get extra help'. As someone who doesn't have a university background in math, this resource is so valuable - a student is stuck on a certain question?- look it up in the MSK - and there it is - explained clearly and concisely. Highly highly recommended! Well worth the $$. My daughters have copies too! Thanks Jack. This is the next best thing to having you teaching me yourself.
Date published: 2005-08-08

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Table of Contents

IntroductionGetting Started on SurvivalHow to Get an A in MathHow to Get Extra HelpFactoring: A Product of PracticeDifference of SquaresDifference of CubesFactoring Complex NumbersThe Remainder and Factor Theorems for PolynomialsPowerful with Polynomial ExpressionsAdding and Subtracting Polynomial FractionsMultiplying and Dividing Polynomial FractionsPolynomial DivisionThe Straight Goods on Lines and PlanesFinding the Equation of a LineSlope m and y intercept bDistance between Two Points and Distance from a Point to a Line or PlaneVisually Identifying Slopes of LinesParallel and Perpendicular LinesFinding Target and Normal Lines to a CurveA Few Lines on Linear AlgebraSolving Two Linear EquationsSolving Three Linear EquationsConsistent, Inconsistent, and Dependent Systems of Linear EquationsQuadratics to the Second DegreeSolving the Quadratic FormulaFactoring Quadratic Equations Using the Quadratic FormulaProblems Involving the Sum and Product of the Roots of a Quadratic EquationThe Graph of a ParabolaCompleting the SquareSolving Inequalities with Less Difficulty, Greater EaseSolving Linear InequalitiesSolving Quadratic InequalitiesSolving Inequalities with Two or More FactorsSolving Rational InequalitiesIncreasing the Magnitude of Your Absolute Value KnowledgeThe Basics of Absolute ValueSolving Easy Absolute Value InequalitiesSolving Less Easy Absolute Value InequalitiesGetting to the Root of Square RootsThe Basics of Square Root Rationalizing Denominators Some Basic Graphs and Some Basics about GraphsGraphs of Basic Quadratic RelationsBasic Graphs, Where and Why Even and Odd Functions are called Even and Odd FunctionsBasic GraphsShifting of Rescaling a Given GraphTest for SymmetryGraphing Polynomials without CalculusVertical and Horizontal AsymptotesSlant AsymptotesIntersection of Two CurvesThe Greatest Integer or Floor FunctionGraphs with the Greatest Integer FunctionThe Survival Kit Logs Time with Exponents and LogarithmsProperties of ExponentsProperties of LogarithmsBasic Exponential GraphsBasic Logarithmic GraphsInverse Formulas for Exponents and LogarithmsSolving Exponential EquationsSolving Logarithmic EquationsDerivativesLogarithmic Differentiation Part ILogarithmic Differentiation Part IIIntegralsAngling in on Trigonometry and a Little Geometry Too!Radian Measure of an AngleAngles in Standard PositionSimilar TrianglesTrig Ratios Basic Trigonometric GraphsThe Circle Definition of Sine and CosineSolving the Trig equation sin x equals cSolving the Trig Equation cos x equals cThe Sine LawThe Cosine LawA Page of Trigonometric Formulas including Derivatives and IntegralsA Straightforward Approach to LimitsEasy Limits: ''''No Problem'''' Problems0/0 LimitsOne-sided LimitsLimits which Approach InfinityLimits at InfinityAn Infinite LimitLimits: A SummaryVariationsContinuity There''''s a Hole in the Fraction, Dear Liza, Dear LizaContinuity and Discontinuity at a PointContinuous Fractions Intervals of ContinuityContinuity and Branch FunctionsEssential versus Removable DiscontinuitiesDerivatives or Going on a Tangent about SlopesFinding the Derivative from the DefinitionDifferentiable functions (Intervals of Differentiability)Differentiability and Branch FunctionsCritical NumbersMin and Max Points from the First DerivativeGraphing and Interpreting yEstimating Using the DifferentialRolle''''s TheoremThe Mean Value TheoremDerivative Rules RuleDerivatives: The Product RuleDerivatives: The Chain RuleDerivatives: The Quotient RuleDerivatives: Implicit DifferentiationDerivatives: Implicit Differentiation Second DerivativeIntegrating Your Knowledge about the Anti-DerivativeEasy Integrals or Anti-DerivativesEasy Integrals that Need a Little TweakingThe Chain Rule In Reverse: No Adjustments NeededCRIR: Adjustments Needed BUT Dont Use SubstitutionCRIR: Adjustments Needed and Using SubstitutionSubstitution when the CRIR Wont Wor

Editorial Reviews

"All the fundamentals from high school easily explained in one quick reference! I love it as a review tool for all my math courses."Natalie Francis, Honours Mathematics, University of Guelph"This is an outstanding resource for students and teachers. It helps students understand 'How to Get an A in Math', and gives them the tools to do so! I highly recommend this book!"Jacqueline Hill, Teacher of Mathematics, Port Perry High School, Vice-President, Ontario Association for Mathematics Education "Everything you need to know in math for any grade in high school is here. When I'm working on a question, the book clarifies for me what I'm doing and answers any questions I have."Kyle Jensen, Grade 12 Student, Bluevale Collegiate Institute, Waterloo "My daughter started a high school program with a math and science focus two years ago and the Math Survival Kit has come to the rescue a number of times. Often, she comes home with sheets of problems but no text to explain the concept and jog my rusty memory. The MSK invariably has a concise, useful, student (and parents!) friendly demonstration of the operation or calculation in question." Vivian McCaffrey, Parent and Occasional Homework Support, Toronto