Uses a storyline approach, putting skills in meaningful topics as concepts are "discovered" to solve real problems (albeit in an imaginary land). Covers: rules of behavior for numbers, equations, negative numbers and integers, fractions and rational numbers, exponents, roots and real numbers, algebraic expressions, functions, graphs, systems of two equations, quadratic equations, circles, ellipses, parabolas, polynomials, exponential functions and logarithms, simultaneous equations and matrices, series, permutations, combinations, the binomial formula, proofs by mathematical induction, and imaginary numbers.
This book has some overlapping content with Arithmetic the Easy Way. There's a short review of the four basic operations in chapter one, but then it jumps right into fractions, decimals, percents, beginning algebra, factoring, equations, geometry, tables and graphs, word problems, and probability and statistics. Explanations of concepts and terminology are clear and to the point. Algebraic processes, such as graphing a linear equation or solving a quadratic equation, are systematically broken down and presented as step-by-step procedures. Steps in worked examples are correspondingly numbered for clarity. Each chapter includes a pretest, a posttest, and numerous practice sets. The answer key also provides solutions for more difficult practice problems. 230 pgs. ~ Anh
While offering some instruction, these programs include less teaching material or do not cover the full range of grade-level skills that the comprehensive programs offer.