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The Mathematics Survival Kit: How to get an A in Math, 3rd Edition

By Jack Weiner, Gord Clement
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Soft Cover
ISBN-10: 0176504613
ISBN-13: 9780176504618
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 3rd

The Mathematics Survival Kit, Third Edition, provides fundamental techniques and clear explanations for 178 mathematics topics. Using their combined fifty years of teaching experience, the authors have compiled topics that plague students from all levels of the math curriculum, from basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry (junior high and high school) to limits, differentiation, integration and much more in first year calculus. Throughout the book, each topic is presented in an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow one page format. The writing style is humorous, accessible, and student-friendly. Underlying every page is this always implicit, often explicit message: “You can do math.” In particular, the HOW TO GET AN A IN MATH and HOW TO GET EXTRA HELP strategies are invaluable.


  • *NEW* Coverage of operations with decimals, equation solving, ratio, rate and percent, y = mx+ b, and SOH CAH TOA
  • *NEW* Increases coverage of L'Hôpital's rule, complex numbers, parametric equations, and differential equations
  • *NEW* 172 topics typically covered in first year university calculus and algebra curriculum
  • Nearly all topics are presented with an introductory paragraph, a straightforward example, a second example illustrating a common variation and two extra questions with answers to reinforce techniques

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started on Survival
  • Operation Cooperation and Fraction Traction
  • Factoring: A Product of Practice
  • Pliable Polynomials
  • A Partial Look into Partial Fractions
  • The Straight Goods on Lines
  • A Few Lines on Linear Algebra
  • Giving the Third Degree to Second Degree Polynomials: Quadratics!
  • Solving Inequalities with Less (<) Difficulty, Greater (>) Ease
  • Increasing the Magnitude of Your Absolute Value Knowledge
  • Getting to the Root of Square Roots
  • Some Basic Graphs and Some Basics about Graphs
  • The Survival Kit Logs Powerful Time with Exponents and Logarithms
  • Drawing Your Attention to Some Basic Geometry
  • Angling Right in on Trigonometry
  • A Straightforward Approach to Limits
  • Continuity (There?s a Hole in the Function, Dear Liza, Dear Liza)
  • Derivatives or Going on a Tangent about Slopes
  • Derivative Rules Rule
  • Integrating Your Knowledge about the Anti-Derivative
  • Inverse Functions: Now That?s a Switch!
  • Parametric Equations: Making Relations Functional
  • Warming Up to Polar Coordinates
  • Going to Any Lengths to Give You New Direction with Vectors
  • A Few Terms in Sequences and Series and a Sampling of Statistics
  • End Game

Author Information

Jack Weiner

Jack Weiner is Mathematics and Statistics Professor emeritus (retired 2011) at the University of Guelph. He is the recipient many teaching awards, including the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award (1993) and the University of Guelph John Bell Award for outstanding contributions to university education. Jack feels particularly honoured to have been a recipient of the University of Guelph Central Student Association Teaching Award. He was listed as a "Popular Professor" in MacLean's annual Canada wide University report eight years out of the nine the survey was conducted.

Gord Clement

Gord Clement completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematics at the University of Guelph. His master's thesis emphasized mathematics education. Programming in Maple, Gord has produced explorations for calculus that have been used by teachers and professors around the globe. He is currently teaching at Westside Secondary School in Orangeville.