**All students can do math…***Banishing Math Anxiety* eases the reader into college mathematics.

Designed for students who may have given up on learning math, **Banishing Math Anxiety **provides a fresh start to learning by reviewing concepts/skills the reader may have already learned to experience some success. __Building Confidence!__

While not a textbook, although mathematical content is substantial, **Banishing Math Anxiety**:

- Encourages active learning by asking questions in addition to being issue oriented: using resources, deciphering notation, and mathematics appreciation.
- Reinforces that math learning may begin in the classroom but it doesn’t end there. The book presents real world applications of math such as pre-employment testing, math applications on the job, debt management, taxes, and more.
- Introduces an appreciation of graphing calculators without presuming that they have ever seen one, or formally teaching calculator techniques.
- Encourages creative exploration instead of some step-by-step approach that is supposed to work every time.

**Chapter One: Making Math Work for You**

Math Anxiety

Where does it come from?

How does math anxiety stop you from succeeding?

Managing Math Anxiety Means Taking Back Control

Active thinking

From Self-monitoring to Self-mastery

Giving yourself permission

Self-mastery

Other Ways of Judging Math Competence

Summing Up

**Chapter Two: Using Your Resources **

Human Resources

Your instructor

Your classmates

Tutors

Your Textbook

Active reading, or writing as you read

Kit-building

Styles of Reading Math

Reading DOWN

Reading UP

Online Textbook Resources

Using the online textbook

Using Your Textbook to Prepare for Exams

Developing Yourself as a Resource

Short Take 1: Marking up a Mathematics Text

Short Take 2: Some Study Problems and Suggestions

**Chapter Three: Deciphering the Code **

Understanding Notation

The Equals Sign and Its Relatives

The Difference Between “Solve” and “Simplify”

Piecewise Equations

Using the Code

**Chapter Four: Algebra Empowered: Functions and Graphs Variables **

Functions

Graphs: The Power of Graphing Equations

The Cartesian Plane

Graphing Functions

Using the Graph: YOU Have the Power!

Comparing Alternate Situations

The Art of Noticing

Conclusion: Look for the Power!

Short Take 3: Practicing Function Notation

**Chapter Five: Tools of the Trade **

Paper-and-Pencil Explorations

Constructing tables of values

Plotting the function

Another example

The Road to Graphing Calculators

“Calculator anxiety”

Beyond graphing calculators

Online Tools: Wikipedia, WolframAlpha, and Khan Academy

Online tools used by professionals

Khan academy

Mastering the Tools of the Trade

Short Take 4: Playing with Your Graphing Calculator

**Chapter Six: Problem Solving Strategies **

A Typical Problem: When Does Solar Power Pay for Itself?

The Tire Problem Revisited

Divided-Page Problem Solving

Problem Solving for Online Homework

Advantages and disadvantages of online problem solving

Practicing error analysis

Problem Solving on Tests

The Fine Art of Problem Solving

Short Take 5: Studying in a Group

**Chapter Seven: From School Mathematics to the Workplace**

Pre-Employment Testing

Test questions

Types of tests

Using Mathematics on the Job

Real-World Quantitative Explorations

Depreciation

Margins of error

**Chapter Eight: Mathematics as Empowerment **

Health Care Information

Managing Debt

Credit Scores

Computing the “Value” of an Education

Understanding the Income Tax System

Sports Statistics—The Math Behind Moneyball

**Shiela Tobias**

Sheila Tobias has made an art and a science of being an outsider to science and mathematics, where hers is a household name for the books, *Overcoming Math Anxiety, They're not Dumb, They're Different, Breaking the Science Barrier*, and *Rethinking Science as a Career*

Tobias is equally well known in academic and popular circles as a feminist and for her books, *Women, Militarism and War* (with Jean Elshtain) and *Faces of Feminism: An Activist's Reflections on the Women's Movement*.

Supported by the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, her work has made her a sought-after consultant on college and university curricula, general education, post-baccalaureate alternatives, professional master's in science and mathematics, and women's studies. Tobias is a popular speaker on all these topics and is available for formal addresses as well.

Educated in history and literature at Harvard/Radcliffe, Tobias earned a master's in history and an M.Phil at Columbia University and eight honorary doctorates, the most recent from Michigan State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.