SYNOPSIS OF BOOK
The Down and Dirty “How To” Math Book by Phyllis Hunsinger provides a straight-forward, traditional approach to mastery of the fundamentals of math from fractions to quadratics. The book presents a review of the number systems and basic operations up to and including the fundamental tenets of algebra. There are “how to” instructions followed by examples. The glossary also serves as the index with page links to the instructions and examples when applicable.
The target audience for this book includes students preparing for the ACT, SAT or college entrance exams; students needing to know the basic fundamentals of math; parents needing a review of basic mathematical operations; and, anyone desiring a reference book demonstrating “how to” do the math.
FOREWORD and endorsement Ruth A. Maurer, Ph.D.
I have reviewed the “Down and Dirty” basic math book written by Phyllis Hunsinger. It is past time such a succinct, no-nonsense roundup of basic mathematics principles is made available for students, parents, and teachers.
Hunsinger has a useful index and table of contents; one can quickly find the concept that one needs, complete with a simple example. The book is a must for parents who are trying to home-school their children—we all get rusty on math and this book will help cut through that rust to the heart of the concepts with which the children are working.
I teach developmental math at a junior college and my students really need this book! They have either forgotten or never learned the principles that Hunsinger has included; as a result they cannot pass introductory algebra. This book should be a required reference for these students. The book could be used for a quick review of math prior to such tests as ACT and SAT.
Ruth A. Maurer, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Colorado School of Mines Instructor, Developmental Education—Mathematics, Western Colorado Community College Online Instructor, Mathematics—Baker College Online
Phyllis Hunsinger has a passion for education, serving as a secondary math teacher, middle school and high school principal, and retiring as school superintendent. Failing retirement, she worked as a teacher evaluator for Visiting International Faculty, as a southwest regional representative for the Colorado Department of Education, and as an educational coordinator for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).
Phyllis has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, with a minor in English; her Master’s degree is in mathematics/secondary education administration. Phyllis is the founder of the FREE Foundation (Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise). As a recent graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Phyllis is committed to informing young people about the greatness of the United States and the free market economy which has been proven to provide the best avenue to success and the pursuit of happiness. Phyllis believes that math is a tool used to solve problems; and, students with a strong knowledge of basic mathematics are poised for success in a free market economy.
Phyllis lives with her husband, J.A. Hunsinger, in Grand Junction, Colorado.