# Complete Table of Contents: *Banishing Math Anxiety*

**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