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Review of Intermediate Algebra: A Graphing Approach

Editorial review
Takes a graphing approach. Fully integrates graphing technology. Contents will match a standard course syllabi for intermediate algebra as it has typically been taught. DLC: Algebra. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review of Investigations in Algebra : An Approach to Using Logo

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How fortunate are the students at Woburn High School (in Woburn, Massachusetts), where this material was developed, and where its author teaches. It invites students to "tinker" with the stuff of mathematics (functions in Part I, combinatorics in Part II, number theory in Part III)--to formulate and test conjectures, to sniff out pretty patterns in unlikely places, to explore. Presumes little beyond some familiarity with Logo. Crackles with excitement; the stuff of inspired teaching and joyous learning. (NW) Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Review of Understanding Intermediate Algebra

Reviewed by a reader, from austin

Review of Intermediate Algebra: A Graphing Approach

Editorial review
This is the first softcover worktext to incorporate graphing technology into this course. It emphasizes problem solving, reasoning, mathematical communication, and mathematical connections. More than 350 examples go beyond typical textbook examples to emphasize applications, problem-solving strategies, and reasoning. This text adheres to recently suggested math guidelines, with an emphasis on mathematical literacy, critical thinking, group/collaborative learning activities, applications, and technology.

Review of Elementary Algebra

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Ignacio Bello uses his one-of-a-kind learning system to introduce, explain, and reinforce mathematical concepts and techniques. Chapter material is broken down and labeled by learning objective; subsections, examples, exercises, and test problems supporting each objective are correspondingly labeled to tie appropriate material together.

Review of College Algebra and Trigonomet Ry with a

Reviewed by a reader, from Texas
This is a excellent book covering the fundamentals of linear algebra. Filled with well-documented examples, this book served as an excellent suppliment to my assigned linear algebra book.

Review of Beginning and Intermediate Algebra (2nd Edition)

Editorial review
New edition of a text that overlaps between typical beginning and intermediate algebra texts. Lial (American River College) and Hornsby (U. of New Orleans) have organized the 14 chapters to accommodate the early introduction of functions and graphing lines in a rectangular coordinate system, thus providing students with important concepts that will be an integral part of later mathematics courses. Subsequent chapters cover linear equations, lines and graphing, lines and inequalities, sequences and series, and other related topics.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Reviewed by a reader, from Canada
Lial and Hornsby have written a number of books on Algebra. Hence, their expertise in this field of Mathematics and ability to deliver in the form most suitable for the middle and high schoolers , in particular is wonderful. Review Exercises at the end of each major subdivision provide means for readers to practice. And also ensure that the readers have gained overall expertise in the particular subdivision. Also , another advantage of this book , in contrast to many other available books, is the cumulative review exercises that engulf concepts from all the preceding chapters, which provides the means to show how these topics are interrelated. Tests provided also aid in this process. The topics are well organized and explained. Very Good Book...

Review of College Algebra (8th Edition)

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Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is now affiliated with American River College.Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.John Hornsby When John Hornsby enrolled as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, he was uncertain whether he wanted to study mathematics, education, or journalism. His ultimate decision was to become a teacher, but after twenty-five years of teaching at the high school and university levels and ten years of writing mathematics textbooks, both of his goals have been realized. His love for teaching and for mathematics is evident in his passion for working with students and fellow teachers as well. His specific professional interests are recreational mathematics, mathematics history, and incorporating graphing calculators into the curriculum.John's personal life is busy as he devotes time to his family (wife Gwen, and sons Chris, Jack, and Josh). He has been a rabid baseball fan all of his life. John's other hobbies include numismatics (the study of coins) and record collecting. He loves the music of the 1960s and has an extensive collection of the recorded works of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Reviewed by ckstan, from Tulsa, OK United States
I am in the midst of taking the third in a succession of algebra courses using this particular series of textbooks. This book, by far, surpasses the others in difficulty of use! Many of the illustrations seem to have little or no bearing upon the problems given and the explanations can be obscure at best. The book is also poorly edited making matters even worse. If you have never before experienced the height of frustration, I would recommend this book as a means of getting there. The sad part is that I really wanted to like algebra and this book has made it almost impossible.

Reviewed by karlly, from APO, AE United States
This is the third algebra class I've taken and I received an A on my other two classes. Using this textbook, I'll be fortunate to pass. The problems are not explained well, there are not examples for every type of problem, the review problems and test at the end of each chapter do not having the corresponding section from which they were taken. The way the authors explain problems are different from what I was taught before. Given a choice, I would not buy this textbook. I have to go to my intermediate text by a different author and even that doesn't help much.

Reviewed by a reader, from Phoenix, AZ USA
This book will leave you dazed and confused if you don't have a lot of mathematical background. The authors assume that you already know everything about algebra and don't really explain certain things or steps that you need to take to get a certain answer. In order to completely understand this book you need the intermediate algebra book that has been written by almost all the same authors... If you don't use the intermediate algebra book as a reference you'll just be dazed and confused!

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