Using a workbook approach, the present information in small steps, with objective techniques to help readers apply new concepts. Numerous exercises, with answers, allow readers to test themselves after information is presented. "Quick Tips" provide convenient "tricks" to help readers master the material and also highlight the main concepts in each lesson. Short sections called "To Enhance Your Understanding" are for readers who are interested in more than basic information. Overall, the text provides readers with an important learning experience as well as a useful reference book.
Resources within the text: * numerous exercises with answers allow readers to test themselves after new information is presented; exercises gradually incorporate more knowledge while building on prior information; * "Quick Tips" that help mastery of the material and highlight the main points provide "tricks" to help readers master the material and help readers focus on the main points of each lesson; * "To Enhance Your Understanding" sections for readers who want more than the basics provide further information for readers interested in more than the basics; can be skipped by beginners; * an extensive glossary for easy reference; * answers to the "Getting Started" section of each exercise.
Resources on the companion website: *Table of Contents: provides readers with an overview of the contents; *searchable index: allows readers to look for specific information; *sample lesson *review exercises for each unit, with answers (17 review exercises, each with ten items) allow readers to review and further monitor their progress; *answers to the "More Practice" section of each exercise; *additional exercises, with answers, available only to instructors, for use as homework and/or tests.