Understanding the basic concepts of Algebra is the necessary foundation to any higher-level math course. AND home or school math at the high school level can intimidate even the most experienced math student. No-Nonsense Algebra created by Math Essentials is a resource designed to help those students who are just beginning algebraic equations, or for those needing a better understanding at mastering the concepts.
As a homeschool mom and teacher to a student, who is fastly approaching their middle and high school years of math instruction, I found myself becoming a little anxious at teaching the higher level math courses. Even though I have a solid foundation of algebra concepts myself, teaching them to someone else is always a reason to doubt yourself. After reviewing how the lessons are designed in No-Nonsense Algebra I found my confidence with communicating clearly as to how to approach each concept.
As a supplemental resource, and as an introduction to algebra, my 5th grade student has a basic understanding of working through step-by-step, with careful attention to detail, each problem. He has been notorious for not always showing his work, as he works most math equations in his mind, and having him copy the examples presented was rigorous at first. After explaining how the brain connects your understanding more effectively between writing down the example and solving the equation, he was more willing to do so.
We do struggle with some basic foundational concepts such as fractions and decimals still, but working through this math essentials supplemental resource has helped very much with attention to careful detail. He learned very quickly you cannot ‘rush’ through these algebraic equations as they will be incorrect every time.
Introduction to This Book:
*This is a system of teaching algebra, NOT just another math text-book. In just 20 minutes a day any student can become a master at algebra. Each lesson has five key components, which include introduction and explanation, helpful hints, examples, written exercises and a review.
Introduction/Explanation: introduces a new topic or concept in each exercise, and is explained in a simplistic understandable way.
Helpful Hints: which are in bold text so the student knows they are being offered helpful tips and shortcuts.
Examples: step-by-step solutions for each student to fully grasp the concept
Written Exercises: allowing the student to master the topic/concept presented, by working through each equation carefully.
Review: there is a review after each lesson, and a chapter review for understand the chapter as a whole.
Using This Book:
*Keep in mind there is a 6-step approach to each chapter. And you will find ‘carefully‘ a word to be mastered, especially by students who approach their schooling with a quicker pace.
- Step 1- The student should read the Introduction before beginning each lesson, as to have a clear understanding of the important terms and definitions being presented.
- Step 2- The student should read the Helpful Hints section for important tips and shortcuts, as they will refer back to this section with any questions later.
- Step 3- The student will gain an understanding of the Examples provided, with a step-by-step process.
- Step 4- The student completes the written Exercises, refering back to the Introduction, Helpful Hints and Examples sections, when needed.
- Step 5- When the student has completed the exercises, then the Review section is to be completed. Reviewing problems will instill a longer retention in their long-term memory.
- Step 6- The student will then use the Solutions section, in the back of the book, to correct any work when the exercise and review sections are complete.
~Also Included in the back of the book is a Final Review, which includes all of the concepts taught in Chapters 1-10. This is a very detailed review with over 150 algebraic equations and story problems. The Glossary is extremely helpful with definitions of algebra terminology, and for quick referencing a term forgotten in an earlier lesson or chapter. There is a list of Important Formulas that list the name next to the formula for algebra and geometry. Lastly, quick reference guides for Important Symbols used with any mathematical course, Multiplication Table, Commonly Used Prime Numbers, Squares and Square Roots and Fraction/Decimal Equivalents.
Chapters 1-10 Include:
- Necessary Tools for Algebra
- Solving Equations
- Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
- Solving and Graphing Inequalities
- Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
- Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
- Radical Expressions and Geometry
- Quadratic Equations
- Algebra Word Problems
*Each chapter varies as to how many lessons there are, anywhere from 5 lessons to 22 lessons.
Using the Online Video Lessons
Each Math Essentials text-book purchased has an access code unique to that book. Go to http://www.nononsensealgebra.com and after creating an account, you will have access to a corresponding video lesson for each lesson in the book. Richard W. Fisher, a math instructor for over 31 years, will guide the student through each topic being taught in a step-by-step process. It is recommended to watch the online video first before completing any work in the textbook.
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No longer should algebra be ‘feared’, BUT completely embraced as part of any foundational building block to the next level. No-Nonsense Algebra will help your student achieve their goal of mastering a higher level math, through concise, self-contained lessons. This will give them the confidence needed to continue on in their journey of mathematical mastery.
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