Math for Grownups: Re-Learn the Arithmetic You Forgot From School So You Can, Calculate how much that raise will really amount to (after taxes) Figure out if that new fridge will actually fit Help a third grader with his fraction homework Convert calories into cardio time

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F+W Media, Jun 18, 2011 - Reference - 256 pages
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Ever wish you'd paid more attention in math class? From third grade to senior year of high school, it went in one ear and out the other, didn't it?

But now you're staring at the new washer and dryer, trying to figure out the percentage of sales tax on the purchase price. You multiply something by something, right? Or you're scratching your head, wondering how to compute the odds that your football team will take next Sunday's game. You're pretty sure that involved ratios. The problem is, you can't quite remember.

Here you get an adult refresher and real-life context--with examples ranging from how to figure out how many shingles it takes to re-roof the garage to the formula for resizing Mom's tomato sauce recipe for your entire family.

Forget higher calculus--you just need an open mind. And with this practical guide, math can stop being scary and start being useful.

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User Review  - sriemann - LibraryThing

From the library shelves, this had some definite real-life math, complete with formulas and examples that I can use for different topics in my math classroom. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Laura Laing graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Mathematics. After teaching high school math for four years, she became a staff writer for Inside Business. Her articles have appeared in Parade, The City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Advocate. Visit her blog at

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