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About the Book

Released July 5th, 2011

The Math Dude is here to take the agony out of alegbra! 

In The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra, Jason Marshall, host of the top ranked Math Dude podcast, kicks things off with a short, basic-training course to review simple math principles you'll need to get started. Once you've mastered the key concepts, you'll be ready to move on to the main event: understanding algebra. 

Loaded with test-taking tips, quick and dirty math memory tricks, and advice for avoiding common mistakes that will help lessons stick for years to come -- even the biggest math-o-phobe will be basking in an a-ha moment.

The bottom line is this: Algebra is the basic math that underlies most of everyday life. The Math Dude connects the dots and shows you that you already know a lot more than you think.

Click here to learn more about Jason Marshall, (A.K.A. Math Dude).


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Advanced Praise

"I wish I had read something similar 30 years ago."
—Professor Vassilis Charmandaris, University of Crete

"Marshall, astrophysicist, staff research scientist at Caltech, and host of The Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips To Make Math Easier website and podcast, ventures into the print world with his unique style and approach to algebra. In a world increasingly visual, he shows how algebra, which replaces numbers with letters, establishes relationships (called equations) between stuff. Chock-full of diagrams, illustrations, and examples, this book strips away some of the mystery, thereby eliminating common stumbling blocks...it is a great supplement to textbooks. Suitable for beginners as well as students who need a review of algebra."
—Margaret F. Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia, on behalf of School Library Journal


Other Works by Math Dude

The Math Dude's Why Math Isn't an Awful Nerd (eBook): In this short eBook, Jason Marshall (the guy behind the popular Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips podcast) shows readers in just a few pages how easy and elegant math can be. In other words, he shows them Why Math Isn't an Awful Nerd! The e-book uses the example of perfect squares and the patterns they make (hint: they're called perfect squares for a reason) to clearly and concisely show some of the magic behind how numbers work. You'll also find lots of games, puzzles, and even a secret-agent "math-lib" to re-enforce the ideas.

The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips To Make Math Easier (Podcast): The Math Dude makes understanding math easier and more fun than your teachers ever led you to believe was possible. Host Jason Marshall provides clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most mathphobic people looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way. If you're getting ready to take the SAT, GRE, or any of the other standardized tests; or if you're going back to school and need to brush up on the basics, the Math Dude's "Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier" will strengthen your fundamental skills, help you better understand the language of math, and succeed when it comes to taking a test. And if you just want to calculate the tip without using your iPhone and impress all your friends, his tips and tricks are for you too.


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