Troubador Anyone Can Do Arithmetic

Released: 01/09/2011

ISBN: 9781848767300

Format: Paperback

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Anyone Can Do Arithmetic

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In spite of popular belief, arithmetic is not a difficult subject. In Anyone Can Do Arithmetic, Brian Fletcher leads parents and pupils toward a better understanding of the key concepts needed to get by in maths.

The book opens with a brief explanation of the need for numbers, their development over time and why we have our present system of numbers. The book then moves on to the four basic processes of arithmetic; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, negative numbers and mixed numbers each have their own chapter in which the rules developed by reasoning will help readers to reach alternative ways of performing calculations. These chapters also look at useful methods for checking the correctness of answers.

Further chapters show how to deal with recurring decimals and switching between fractions, decimals and percentages. Prime numbers and factors are examined and it’s explained how they can make adding and subtracting fractions simpler. The chapter on accuracy and approximations is, arguably, the most important part of the book. A short look at alternative number systems follows with a more detailed look at binary arithmetic – used in computers – which is the simplest arithmetic you will ever find. Finally there is an introduction to algebra to show that this is not so difficult either!

Anyone can do Arithmetic allows parents to grasp the basics of maths to assist their children with homework, it will be the answer to many parents’ prayers!

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Melksham News

If you are one of those people who view arithmetic with the same confusion as attempting a DIY job without instructions, this is the book for you. The explanations and examples are detailed yet easy to follow in a very reader-friendly way. It should be in every home as a reference book.

by Madelyn Arnold


Brian Fletcher

Brian Fletcher initially trained as a Research Physicist, eventually specializing in Vacuum Physics and the accurate measurement of extremely low pressures. Much of his work has been presented to International Scientific Conferences and published in Scientific Journals. Two new developments were the subject of British patents. After working for 18 years in this field he retrained as a Mathematics Teacher. He went on to teach all aspects of Pure and Applied Mathematics up to University entrance level in both State and Public schools. Brian has always believed that mathematical principles and concepts, at whatever level, should and can be taught in a way that excites and encourages students. All his pupils have benefited from this philosophy; many have gone on to achieve success way beyond their initial expectations.

During the 5 years leading up to retirement a further career shift involved teaching Information Technology to adults.

He is now living with his wife and dog in a small village in Wiltshire and is a Governor of the local primary school.

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