Table of Contents for Math Doesn't Suck : How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail


Acknowledgments vii
Math Used to Totally Suck xiii
FAQs: How to Use This Book xvii
PART I: FACTORS AND MULTIPLES DON'T SUCK
Chapter 1: How to Make a Killing on eBay
Prime Numbers and Prime Factorization
1
Chapter 2: Do You Still Have a Crush on Him? ON THE COVER!
Finding the Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
13
Chapter 3: You Can Never Have Too Many Shoes
Multiples and the Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
26
Quiz #1: Are You a Mathophobe? ON THE COVER!
32
PART II: FRACTIONS DON'T SUCK
Chapter 4: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pizza but Were Afraid to Ask
Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers
38
Chapter 5: How Many Iced Lattes Can These Actors Drink?
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions...and Reciprocals
51
Chapter 6: When to Seriously Stop Raiding the Refrigerator
Equivalent Fractions and Reducing Fractions
61
Chapter 7: Is Your Sister Trying to Cheat You out of Your Fair Share?
Comparing Fractions
74
Chapter 8: How Much Do You and Your Best Friend Have in Common?
Common Denominators...and Adding and Subtracting Fractions
85
Chapter 9: Choosing the Perfect Necklace
Complex Fractions
95
Quiz #2: Do You Have Trouble Focusing or Are You a "Focus Superstar"?
110
PART III: DECIMALS DON'T SUCK
Chapter 10: What Every Savvy Shopper Should Know
All About Decimals
115
Chapter 11: Why Calculators Would Make Terrible Boyfriends
Converting Fractions and Mixed Numbers to Decimals
136
Chapter 12: How to Entertain Yourself While Babysitting a Devil Child
Converting Decimals to Fractions
150
What's Your Math Horoscope? ON THE COVER!
See What the Stars Say About You and Math!
157
PART IV: PERCENTS JOIN THE PARTY...AND THEY DON'T SUCK, EITHER
Chapter 13: Sale of the Century!
Converting Percents to and from Decimals and Fractions
163
Chapter 14: A Choreographed Performance
Mixing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Together
176
PART V: WORD PROBLEMS DON'T SUCK
Chapter 15: The Universal Language of Love...and Math
Introduction to Word Problems and "Percent Of"/"Percent Off"
185
Chapter 16: Does She Ever Get Off the Phone?
Ratios
194
Chapter 17: The Perks of a Southern Drawl
Rates and Unit Rates
202
Chapter 18: Filmmaker Extraordinaire!
Proportions
211
Chapter 19: Are You Drinking Enough Water?
Unit Conversions
227
QUIZ #3: What's Your Learning Style?
235
PART VI: EVEN ALGEBRA DOESN'T SUCK
Chapter 20: Who's the Cute New Foreign Exchange Student?
Introduction to "Solving for x"
241
Chapter 21: Romeo and Juliet
Introduction to "Solving for x" in Word Problems
257
Troubleshooting Guide: Where to Turn When You Don't Know What to Do! 265
The Smart Girl's Resource Guide 281
Multiplication Tables 283
Answer Key 283
Index 295
About the Author 299