Painless Algebra

Painless Algebra

by Lynette Long Ph.D.

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With Barron’s, learning algebra becomes fun. Painless Algebra defines algebraic terms, shows students how to avoid pitfalls in calculation, presents painless methods for understanding and graphing equations, and makes problem-solving fun.

Geared toward middle school– and high school–level learners, Painless Algebra takes a lighthearted, humorous approach to learning vocab and is ideal for students who find it confusing, or who just need a little extra help.

Students can test their learning progress with quizzes and “Brain Ticklers”, plus additional games online to challenge students, including Beat the Clock, a line match game, and a word scramble.

The authors' main goal is to clear up confusion and pique interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which students can put each subject to practical use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438007755
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Series: Barron's Painless Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 113,167
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1A Painless Beginning1
Mathematical Operations5
Order of Operations19
Properties of Numbers24
Number Systems28
Chapter 2The Integers35
What Are the Integers?37
Which Is Greater?42
Adding Integers46
Subtracting Integers50
Multiplying Integers55
Dividing Integers58
What Sign Is the Answer?61
Word Problems63
Chapter 3Solving Equations with One Variable69
Defining the Terms71
Solving Equations73
Solving More Equations83
Word Problems90
Chapter 4Solving Inequalities101
Graphing Inequalities107
Solving Inequalities113
Word Problems122
Chapter 5Exponents131
Multiplying Exponents with Coefficients138
Adding and Subtracting Exponential Expressions141
Multiplying Exponential Expressions144
Dividing Exponential Expressions147
Raising to a Power150
Negative Exponents152
Word Problems156
Chapter 6Roots and Radicals163
Square Roots165
Cube Roots and Higher169
Negative Radicands174
Radical Expressions178
Word Problems197
Chapter 7Quadratic Equations205
Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring214
The Quadratic Formula236
Word Problems245
Chapter 8Solving Systems of Equations251
Solving Linear Equations by Addition or Subtraction254
Solving Linear Equations by Substitution267
Solving Linear Equations by Graphing272
Word Problems286

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Painless Algebra 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book will help middle school students, high school students, or even adults looking to sharpen their math skills. I got this book so my brain wouldn't turn to mush over my long school vacation. I recommend this book to pre-algebra students or excel algebra students like myself. It's quick, easy, and really painless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wealth of information and very easy for people to read. I have never taken Algebra in school and find that I am picking up on it easly and quickly. The only problem I have found is that there aren't enough 'Brain Ticklers' Math problems at the end of each subject to help you get used to what you are already doing before moving on to the next subject.Moreover, there are no formulas in the answer section to show how they came to that answer, which presents a problem when you get an answer wrong it is very hard to find out where you made a mistake without rereading the whole section over.Even then, sometimes you still can't find out where you made the mistake and must continue on with the book in hopes that it doesn't present a problem for you later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this so I could help my daughter with her upcoming Algebra class. I'd taken Algebra many years ago but had forgotten almost all of if. I found the book to be easy to follow and to-the-point. It's exactly what I was looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy-to-read, fun format.  Well structured to build on concepts as presented.  One caveat:  taking a square root of a negative number IS defined.  Early on, dividing by zero is properly presented as "undefined."  Unfortunately, in the ROOTS section, the term "undefined" is used to describe taking a square root of a negative number.  The biggest example of "defining" a concept is where imaginary numbers came from -- by definition, the square root of -1 is "i" usually represented by a lower-case script letter.  One of the best treatments of that in a book catering to this level of a learner was "We'll talk about that later" rather than insetting an absolute that will have to be "unlearned" some time in the future.  Not a deal-breaker, as otherwise the book rocks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the worst and not worth your money
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LizHa More than 1 year ago
I'm the type that breaks into a cold sweat at the mention of the word Algebra. Until now! I picked this book up the other day to help me with an Algebra class and it FINALLY all makes sense to me. Very clear, very easy, very very very straight forward. I'm so grateful for this book and recommend it highly. I even created an account on B&N just so I could write this review, I think that highly of it.
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a_a93 More than 1 year ago
Painless Algebra really was painless. I used it with my son for Pre-Algebra just before high school. It provided a good foundation for Algebra 1. It was also painless for me, the parent, whose been out of school for many years!
PeteE More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent resource for middle school students. It is written with the student in mind and has example problems that students can test themselves on. It's written clearly and it is handy to carry around in a backpack. It can also help parents refresh their memory. I call it a must buy for any middle school and high school student.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was way to easy! To basic! I'm doing highschool work and already doing algebra! to easy...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very hard to understand. It wasn't clear and it was very confusing. I had to reread it several times but still I didn't get it. The chapters were much too short and didn't include everything I needed. I can't believe it's called 'Painless' when it really is more 'Painful'!