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Review of Merrill Algebra 1: Applications and Connections

Reviewed by George Jiang, from USA
Absolutely good book! Especially for kids in middle and high schools. Easy learn, more practice. Lots of test questions for college preparation. Highly recommended!

Review of Merrill Algebra 1

Reviewed by a 12-year old reader, from DE USA
This book was a very good help in algebra for me. It had great descrition and was clear and easy to understand.

Review of Merrill Algebra 2

Reviewed by a reader, from USA (United States of America)
This book is a good source if you want to continue in Math. It helps if you have a tutor or a teacher teach it.

Review of Algebra 2: Integration, Applications, Connections

Editorial review
Glencoe's Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 balance sound skill and concept development with applications, connections, problem solving, critical thinking, and technology. Whether your students are getting ready for college or the workplace, this program gives them the skills they need for success.

Reviewed by a reader, from Laguna Hills, CA
This book is the one book people who want to learn Algebra 2 need. It completely enhanced my knowledge on the subject, and took me to a higher level. It will truly make your mind capacious!

Review of Algebra 1

Editorial review
Glencoe's Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 balance sound skill and concept development with applications, connections, problem solving, critical thinking, and technology. Whether your students are getting ready for college or the workplace, this program gives them the skills they need for success.

Reviewed by a reader, from St. Charles, MO United States
This book frustrated me incredibly during the one year period i had to use it in my schools Algebra class. This book assumes a lot of unexplained math vocabulary as well as insufficient examples in each chapter. If you are someone who learns primarily from examples and sample problems this book will definetely not fit your needs. There is usually one example for each type of problem in the lesson and it is impossible to practice your learning of that problem because in the homework (that includes answers) there is also usually one problem relating to that specific type of problem. I don't know if what i am saying is making sense but DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK unless you enjoy books with no detailed examples, advanced explanations of concepts you have probably never learned, and boring real world connections. After using this book at my school i checked out a few other books and have found that i really enjoy Algebra when i can actually understand it and apply my skills. I think the book is a major deciding point in a students grades. I think more schools should focus on down to earth, but still informative books and maybe then they would see more effort applied to difficult concepts.

Reviewed by a reader, from Milwaukee, WI
When I write this review, I am really referring to both volumes of the Algebra 1 series. I am a college engineering student and just completed my fourth calculus course. For the past year I have tried to help my younger brother in his Algebra class because this book didn't help at all. Examples are insufficient and the book and tests are riddled with errors. The teacher had to work out all the problems because there were so many mistakes that he could not trust his answer key. A sample of this book's terrible teaching method can be seen when it expects students to use the discriminant to find the nature of the roots for a quadratic equation. It simply has students complete a table in problem number 44 or something and then expects students to be able to tell from the results what the nature of roots for a quadratic equation are on a quiz. Few students succeeded in accomplishing this. In the chapter discussing radicals, the definition of a perfect square is never mentioned! Also students are told to tell the difference between rational and irrational roots by looking at their calculator display. Perhaps if you only use this book as a source for problems, it might be OK. But it is nearly impossible to try and learn something from this book which seems to be fixated on providing pretty graphics instead of relevant examples. My advice: Buy some other Algebra book. It is not possible to put too much effort into the search for a good algebra book because algebra is really the language of science and engineering that needs to become second nature. I haven't seen them myself, but I have heard good things about Algebra 1 by Paul A. Foerster as well as Algebra: Structure and Method by Richard G. Brown, Mary P. Dolciani, Robert H. Sorgenfrey, et. al. You might want to take a look at these books.

Reviewed by Rod Terrell, from America
I bought this book looking for some self help in the subject of Algebra,It's pretty good except that it does not give all the answers to all the questions,they only do a selected amount of answers,this is really trickey if you don't have an instructor to guide you.I would recommened this book to a person who just wants a review in algebra,I would give it a 5 star rating for that use,but only a 3 star rating for self help.

Review of Algebra 1: Integration, Applications and Connections

Reviewed by a reader, from Milwaukee, WI
When I write this review, I am really referring to both volumes of the Algebra 1 series. I am a college engineering student and just completed my fourth calculus course. For the past year I have tried to help my younger brother in his Algebra class because this book didn't help at all. Examples are insufficient and the book and tests are riddled with errors. The teacher had to work out all the problems because there were so many mistakes that he could not trust his answer key. A sample of this book's terrible teaching method can be seen when it expects students to use the discriminant to find the nature of the roots for a quadratic equation. It simply has students complete a table in problem number 44 or something and then expects students to be able to tell from the results what the nature of roots for a quadratic equation are on a quiz. Few students succeeded in accomplishing this. In the chapter discussing radicals, the definition of a perfect square is never mentioned! Also students are told to tell the difference between rational and irrational roots by looking at their calculator display. Perhaps if you only use this book as a source for problems, it might be OK. But it is nearly impossible to try and learn something from this book which seems to be fixated on providing pretty graphics instead of relevant examples. My advice: Buy some other Algebra book. It is not possible to put too much effort into the search for a good algebra book because algebra is really the language of science and engineering that needs to become second nature. I haven't seen them myself, but I have heard good things about Algebra 1 by Paul A. Foerster as well as Algebra: Structure and Method by Richard G. Brown, Mary P. Dolciani, Robert H. Sorgenfrey, et. al. You might want to take a look at these books.

Reviewed by Marisa Van Houten, from Glendale, California United States
Algebra has never been easier. This ia great book. It shows step by Step and Chapter Summaries, Quizes Test, and review. Great book.

Review of An Intermediate Course in Algebra: An Interactive Approach [LARGE PRINT]

Editorial review
This book was written to address the challenge of the NCTM and AMATYC Standards and technology integration in the classroom. The authors address the standards using a variety of methods, including Numerical, Graphical, and Algebraic Models; Guided Discovery Activities; Problem Solving; Technology; Collaborative Learning.

Review of Investigating Prealgebra

Editorial review
Bracken (developmental mathematics, Lewis-Clark State College) and McKenna (mathematics, Utah Valley State College) present a flexible worktext that supports a variety of teaching methods and prepares students for their first course in algebra. The six chapters engage students in active learning and provide a foundation in prealgebra concepts by using a blend of lecture-type discussions and student-centered investigations, using activities and problems that they found motivating to their own students.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Reviewed by J. M., from Oregon
This book is awesome. I always hated math in high school, and never did well. In college I left it right to the end of my program because I dreaded it. This book saved my ... and got me interested in learning. This is the first math class that I've done well in and it's all thanks to this book.The Discussion sections have tons of examples that are meticulously explained. The Investigations offer a hands on approach to learning through a sort of discovery approach. Plus it's a workbook so you can write in it and not have to waste money on paper.I always hated doing homework, especially story problems--because I didn't know where to start. This book has story problems I could relate to--and some of them even made me laugh. Imagaine actually enjoying a math book!!!!I even called the publisher to see if they had a book for the next class--I liked it that much! I guess there will be one next year--too late for me but I think I have a solid base to get going with now.I highly recommend this book. Every college prealgebra class should use this book and help take the fear out of math.

Review of A First Course in Algebra: An Interactive Approach

Editorial review
This book was written to address the challenge of the NCTM and AMATYC Standards and technology integration in the classroom. The authors address the standards using a variety of methods, including Numerical, Graphical, and Algebraic Models; Guided Discovery Activities; Problem Solving; Technology; Collaborative Learning.


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