# The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra by Jason Marshall (Quick & Dirty Tips)

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Yikes! Those dreaded word problems have instilled math phobia in generations of students. Now, The Math Dude is here to take the agony out of algebra. Jason Marshall, host of the top ranked Math Dude podcast, knows that algebra can be tough. But he also knows that it doesn't have to be that way. And he's determined to show you how to solve those algebra problems and understand them so that algebra never makes you want to scream again.

Jason kicks things off with a basic-training boot camp to help you review the essential math you'll need to truly "get" algebra. The basics covered, you'll be ready to tackle the concepts that make up the core of algebra. You'll get clear step-by-step instructions and tutorials to help you finally understand the problems that stump you the most, including loads of tips on:
Working with fractions, decimals, exponents, radicals, polynomials, roots, functions, factoring, and moreSolving all kinds of equations and inequalities...from basic linear problems, to using the quadratic formula, dealing with systems of equations, and beyondUnderstanding how and why you should make and use graphs to help you solve algebra problemsLearning algebra doesn't have to be a form of torture, and with The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra, it won't be. Packed with tons of fun features including "secret agent math-libs," and "math brain games," and full of quick and dirty tips that get right to the point, this book will have even the biggest math-o-phobes basking in a-ha moments and truly understanding algebra in a way that will stick for years (and tests) to come.

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When not writing and hosting the Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast, Jason Marshall works as a staff research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Jason obtained a PhD from Cornell University, where he worked with the team of astronomers that built the IRS (nothing to do with taxes) instrument for the Spitzer Space Telescope and helped teach many physics and astronomy classes. In addition to these astronomical pursuits, Jason has many earthly interests: traveling the world, tinkering with technology, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his wife, Shannon, fixing up their small but increasingly comfortable Los Angeles area home.

Published July 5, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin. 497 pages

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