The Algebra Survival Guide comes with an Algebra Wilderness “Bored Game” that gives children a fun way to practice their lessons and also with a tear-out Emergency Fact Sheet poster with all of algebra’s secret rules and formulas at your fingertips. The book has been written by Josh Rappaport who has been a winner of the Outstanding Young Educator award, is a teacher and a tutor in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Josh runs an online community at www.mathkits.com to help students and parents to overcome the fears of algebra.

Algebra Survival Guide begins its conversation with What is algebra?, its Properties & Sets of Numbers and gradually steps further to Positive & Negative Numbers, Order of Operations & Like Terms, Absolute Value, Exponents, Radicals, Factoring, Cancelling, Equations, Coordinate Plane & Word Problems.

The book very well defines algebra as a branch of mathematics that performs the magic trick – it takes something that’s unknown and poof! – turns it into something known. Algebra does this by using letters (variables) to stand for mystery numbers, and giving you a process to let you discover the value of the variables. The book lays the following reasons to study & learn algebra:

**Studying algebra boosts your chances of going to college and succeeding in today’s world.**Studies show that taking algebra, and following it with geometry, dramatically boosts a student’s chance of going to college. In fact, a 1990 College Board study found that students who take algebra and geometry stand a much greater chance of attending college than students who don’t take these courses. And, of course, to succeed in today’s high-tech/information-age economy, you must have a good education.**Learning algebra can help you find a good-paying job.**Anyone who wants to work in any field of science – computer science, astronomy, medicine, psychology, genetics, etc – needs to know algebra. That’s because all the science rely on algebra and on the higher maths.**Knowing algebra will help you survive the “big, bad world.”**Understanding algebraic ratios helps you become a smart comparison shopper; understanding percentages helps you make sense of the statistics thrown at you by the media. The ways to use algebra are numerous.**Algebra teaches you to solve difficult problems.**By developing your algebraic mental muscles, you strengthen your ability to tackle problems in life, for learning algebra improves your ability to think clearly.**Learning algebra teaches you about yourself.**Since algebra is a product of the human mind, studying algebra gives you insight into how your own mind works. Learning this subject shows the logical thought patterns that are part of you just because you’re human.