Complete Idiot Guides Series

Whether they are “right-brained creative types” or “left-brained analytical academics”, each year many of the nation’s 34 million high school and college student struggle to stay afloat in a host of required math and science courses that threaten to wreck havoc with a student’s important GPA. And, while College Board findings indicate that students who take advanced mathematics classes are far more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree in college, and thus have a higher earning potential than those who do not go on to college, for many students the struggle is just too much to bear. As is too often the case, students find the courses jam-packed with mind-numbing formulas, equations, theories and functions. Simple explanations, clear language, easy to follow instructions are non-existent.

Alpha Books offers a number of popular academic support resources to help students sail through a sea of equations with flying colors. “An essential element to learning is using simple, clear language – a hallmark of the Complete Idiot’s Guides series,” says Marie Butler-Knight, publisher, Alpha Books. “These guides are a practical resource and companion to the highly technical textbooks used in classrooms and the authors are recognized as experts in their field.”

New books this fall include:

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Chemistry, Second Edition. Based on a standard math-based chemistry curriculum, this updated edition covers a broad range of topics including: atomic structure and elements; the periodic table; ionic and covalent compounds; chemical reactions; kinetics; acids and bases; electrochemistry; organic chemistry; nuclear chemistry; and more. Author Ian Guch, Alexandria, VA., has taught all levels and forms of chemistry to high school and college students and runs the website www.chemfiesta.com.

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calculus, Second Edition. This new edition offers clear-headed explanations of differential equations, sequences and series, along with easy to understand examples of how calculus is used in everyday life. Author W. Michael Kelley, Prince Frederick, MD., is a former award-winning calculus teacher and the author of six math books.

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Physics, Second Edition. The book follows a standard non-calculus-based physics curriculum and covers forces; motion and mechanics; thermodynamics; pressure of liquids and gases; electricity and magnetism; physics of sound and light; relativity and quantum mechanics; and much more. Author Johnnie T. Dennis, Walla Walla, WA. taught physics for more than 40 years and is the only physics teacher to have been awarded the prestigious National Teacher Award. Co-author Gary Moring, Orinda, CA., teaches physics, and the history and philosophy of science at the University of Phoenix in Northern California.

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Accounting, Second Edition. The new edition is a valuable resource for small business owners, novice bookkeepers, accounting clerks, and students who need a comprehensive overview of the monthly accounting process. Written by Lita Epstein, Coconut Creek, FL.; and Shellie L. Moore, CPA, Ohio.

In school, in business, and for pleasure, learning a second language is quickly becoming a “must-have” skill and the following titles are an absolute necessity:

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Spanish, Fourth Edition. This completely updated edition features a unique learning tool – an interactive “audio e-book” that works on a computer or any MP3 CD player, allowing readers to read and listen to the lessons, including dialogues spoken by two native speakers. Author Gail Stein, Port Washington, NY, taught French and Spanish to junior high and high school students for 34 years and is the author of 27 books on foreign language.

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning French, Fourth Edition. This completely updated edition features a unique learning tool – an interactive “audio e-book” that works on a computer or any MP3 CD player, allowing readers to read and listen to the lessons, including dialogues spoken by two native speakers. Author Gail Stein, Port Washington, NY, taught French and Spanish to junior high and high school students for 34 years and is the author of 27 books on foreign language.

• The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Latin, Third Edition. This updated and revised edition not only presents the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar in an easy-to-understand and fun format, it takes the fear out of learning the language by highlighting its pervasiveness in every day situations. Author Natalie Harwood, Oxford, Ohio, has taught high school Latin, English and French for some 40 years.

To receive review copies of any of these new titles or to speak with the series publisher or the authors, please contact Tina Weinheimer, (708) 366-1084, tinawpr@aol.com; or Gardi Wilks, (708) 366-8389, gardi@wilkspr.com.

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