Use Your Fingers, Use Your Toes: Quick and Easy Step-by-step Solutions to Your Everyday Math Problems

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Capital Books, 2004 - Mathematics - 279 pages
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'Use Your Fingers, Use Your Toes' offers relief to millions of math-phobes who, while generally bright and educated, panic when faced with an everyday math problem. Included are common, but puzzling problems such as adjusting recipes, calculating calorie counts and fat grams, measuring for new carpets, drapes and wallpaper, figuring percentage discounts, mortgage interest, taxes, sports statistics, miles per gallon, and, of course, tipping. The book moves at the pace of today's busy lifestyle. By reading through the clear step-by-step solution to a given problem, the reader can solve the problem in as little as five minutes. Other books concentrate on reteaching math; this book concentrates on offering quick, accessible, example-oriented solutions for today's busy lifestyles.
 

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Contents

Food Preparation
3
Meats
4
Pies
5
Other Dishes
6
Changing Recipes
7
OneandaHalfing a Recipe
9
Decreasing a Recipe
12
Changing from One Measure to Another
14
Using Percentages to Measure Sports Performance
140
SportSpecific Stats
142
Football
144
Hockey
148
Golf
149
Personal Finance Math
155
Wages Salaries and Taxes
157
Wages
158

Calculating Cooking Time
17
Weight Loss and Exercise
21
Calorie Deficit Your Key to Weight Loss
22
Calories Taken In Tracking Food Consumption
23
Calories Used Up
30
Using Calorie Deficit to Lose Weight
36
How Long Will It Take You to Lose Weight?
39
Home Improvement
43
How Much Do You Need and How Much Will It Cost?
45
Things That Come in Sheets
51
Things That Come in Bulk
61
Paint
65
Spacing
68
Shelving
70
Math away from Home
75
Tipping
77
Figuring Out the Exact Tip
78
A QuickandDirty Approach to Tipping
79
Shopping
83
You Know the Markdown Percentage Whats the Sale Price?
84
You Know the Sale Price Whats the Markdown Percentage?
85
Comparison Shopping
87
Using Unit Pricing
88
Comparing Prices for Foods That Come in Different Containers
90
Buy One Get One Free
91
Coupons
93
Internet Shopping
95
Traveling
99
Time Intervals
100
Calculating What Time It Is in Different Time Zones
103
Driving
109
How Long Will It Take to Get There?
111
How Far Can You Go in One Day?
113
Average Speed
114
Foreign Travel
116
Temperature Fahrenheit and Celsius
122
Changing Currency
126
Sports
137
Standings
138
Games behind the Leader
139
Salaries Percent Raises
159
Calculating a Raise When You Know the Percentage Increase
160
Calculating Percentage Increase
161
Calculating Percentage Decrease
162
The Rich Get Richer
163
Why Is Your Paycheck So Small? Payroll Deductions
164
Taxes
167
Using Tax Tables
168
Can a Raise Be Bad for You?
170
Should You Itemize Your Deductions?
171
Balancing Your Checkbook
177
Keeping a Checkbook Registry
178
Reconciling Your Bank Statement
182
Investment Basics
193
Simple Interest
194
Compound Interest How Money Grows over Time
196
Investments
198
How Much Will Your Money Be Worth in the Future?
199
Considering Taxes in Your Investments
204
Borrowing Money
215
Calculating Monthly Payments Car Loans Furniture Etc
216
Calculating the Real Interest You Are Paying
218
Mortgages
219
Estimating Your Monthly Mortgage Payment
220
ThirtyYear versus FifteenYear Mortgage
222
AdjustableRate Mortgages
223
Credit Cards
225
The Real Price of an Item Bought with a Credit Card
227
The Problem with Paying Just the Minimum Balance
230
Paying Them Off
231
Considering Taxes in Your Loan Decisions
233
Twelve Tips to StressFree Math
237
Fractions
239
Percents
249
Rounding
253
Perimeter Area and Volume
257
Changing Units of Measure
265
Afterword
267
Index
269
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