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Review of Intermediate Algebra: A JustinTime Approach
Editorial review
This numberone selling reform book presents an effective, reform
approach to traditional algebra curriculum. The first edition
has gained a strong following among instructors who find that
Kaseberg's use of guided discovery and problemsolving facilitates
learning new concepts and strengthens skill retention. In the
second edition, Kaseberg's informal, interactive style makes
algebra accessible to students while maintaining rigorous mathematical
accuracy. In this revised and redesigned second edition, Kaseberg
has doubled the number of skillbuilding exercises and reorganized
some topics into a more conventional sequence. To reduce preparation
time for course leaders, and facilitate use by adjuncts, the
"new" Instructor's Resource Manual accompanies the
second edition. The manual provides a structured lesson and
groupactivity worksheet for each section in the textbook; incorporates
materials from the textbook with supplemental projects and activities;
suggests core homework assignments; and furnishes guideddiscussion
question to use in recitations. This resource serves to bridge
the gap between traditional pedagogy and a reform approach.
Reviewed by Linda Schofield, from Edmunds,
MaineUSA
Having been a home economics major in High School 27 years ago,
the last thing I needed in my struggle with college was assistance
from Ms Kaseberg! This book is needlessly confusing, unorganized,
and a poor showing for Ms Kasegerg's 30 years of experience.
The chapters deal with various topics, but the exercises at
the end of each chapter seem to have nothing to do with the
material covered. The book's goal of teaching problem solving
skills has failed miserably. The student is left with a different
set of problems than were discussed in the chapter and with
no clue as to where to start in solving them. Problem solving
skills may have been overlooked or minimized in mathematics
education thus far, but this book does not address the tools
needed to solve problemsit simply leaves the reader lost in
an algebraic vacuum without a compass. To make matters worse,
after using this book as a trial for Algebra II (which was a
dismal failure), the Math committee at my university decided
to inflict equal torture on Algebra I students the very next
semester. Publication of this book is bad enough, but it is
a sad state of affairs when such a product is actually adopted
as a teaching tool. I was in grammer school during the 'New
Math' fiasco of the late 60's, and I view this approach with
similar contempt. My mathematical and problem solving abilities
seemed useless when trying to make sense of this text book.
Publications like this will succeed only in making those of
us who love working with numbers begin to hate it instead. In
short, this text book is a rip offdon't buy it OR take a course
that uses it. Have mercy on us Ms Kaseberg; your 'JustInTime
Approach' will be the death of mathematics!
Reviewed by Linda Schofield (linfield@nemaine.com),
from Edmunds, Maine USA
Having been a home economics major in High School 27 years ago,
the last thing I needed in my struggle with college was assistance
from Ms Kaseberg! This book is needlessly confusing, unorganized,
and a poor showing for Ms Kasegerg's 30 years of experience.
The chapters deal with various topics, but the exercises at
the end of each chapter seem to have nothing to do with the
material covered. The book's goal of teaching problem solving
skills has failed miserably. The student is left with a different
set of problems than were discussed in the chapter and with
no clue as to where to start in solving them. Problem solving
skills may have been overlooked or minimized, but this book
does not address the tools needed to solve problems, it simply
leaves the reader lost in an algebraic vacuum without a compass.
In short, the voice from Maine thinks the book was as big a
rip off as the voices from Nevada. To make matters worse, after
using this book as a trial for Algebra II (which was a dismal
failure), the Math committee at my community college decided
to inflict equal torture on Algebra I students the very next
semester. Publication of this book is bad enough, but it is
a sad state of affairs when such a product is actually adopted
as a teaching tool. I was in grammer school during the "New
Math" fiasco of the late 60's, and I view this approach
with similar contempt. My mathematical and problem solving abilities
seemed useless when trying to make sense of this text book.
Publications like this will succeed only in making those of
us who love working with numbers begin to hate it instead. Have
mercy on us Ms Kaseberg; your "JustInTime Approach"
will be the death of mathematics!
Reviewed by a reader, from Reno, NV
This is by far the worst Algebra text book that I have ever
seen. The text is very unclear and the author seems to be very
unknowledgeable in her field. There are no explanations to how
she came up with the answers that she got and that makes me
question if they are correct. There are no instructions available,
even to the instructors. This book is a waste of not only money,
but time also and I am ashamed that the math department at TMCC
in Reno actually approved it.
Reviewed by karin@aci.net, from Reno,
Nevada
I had to buy this book for my Algebra class at Truckee Meadows
Community College. It is by far the worst book I've ever had.
The author
Review of Beginning and Intermediate Algebra with Graphing Calculators: An Integrated Approach
Editorial review
A college textbook which works toward retaining the efficiencies
afforded by combining beginning and intermediate algebra, and
avoiding the pitfalls, e.g. getting too difficult too fast and
neglecting to include enough beginning algebra so that students
who transfer to another college during the year know the basics.
The first six chapters provide a full course in beginning algebra,
after which intermediate topics are introduced. A quick review
of basic topics is provided for those who begin in the second
half of the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland,
Or. This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Review of Explorations in Beginning & Intermediate Algebra Using the TI82/83 With Integrated Appendix Notes for the TI85/86
Editorial review
This userfriendly workbook improves both student understanding
and retention of algebra concepts through a series of activities
and guided explorations using the graphing calculator. An ideal
supplement for any beginning or intermediate algebra course,
EXPLORATIONS IN BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, SECOND EDITION
is an ideal tool for integrating technology without sacrificing
content. By clearly & succinctly teaching keystrokes, class
time is devoted to investigations instead of how to use a graphing
calculator.
Review of Active Arithmetic and Algebra: Activities for Prealgebra and Beginning Algebra
Editorial review
This activities manual includes a variety of approaches to learning
mathematical concepts. Sixteen activities, including puzzles,
games, data collection, graphing, and writing activities are
included.
Review of Intermediate Algebra
Editorial review
A text for college students who need an algebra course that
bridges the gap between elementary algebra and the more advanced
courses in precalculus mathematics, covering intermediate algebra
topics. Algebraic ideas are developed in logical sequence in
an easytoread manner without excessive formalism. Concepts
are developed through examples and problem solving. Includes
chapter summaries, problems, and chapter and cumulative tests,
with answers. This sixth edition contains word problems, coverage
of all real numbers, incorporation of a graphing approach, and
earlier introduction of the graphing calculator. The authors
are affiliated with Seminole Community College.  Copyright
© 1999 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR All rights reserved
Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Reviewed by a reader, from Dayton, Ohio
This book offers everything a college algebra textbook should
offer. Very well written and concise explanations. Highly recommended.
Review of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
Editorial review
This text uses a blend of the traditional and the reform instructional
approaches to teach students how to read, write, speak, and
think mathematically using the language of algebra. The first
seven chapters provide a complete course in elementary algebra,
introducing the standard beginning topics at a pace that allows
for developing a strong conceptual foundation. Chapter 8 is
a transitional chapter that extends these topics to the intermediate
level. Chapters 914 comprise a complete course in intermediate
algebra.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Review of The Learning Equation: Elementary Algebra Version 2.0
Editorial review
A book/CDROM package for a college elementary algebra courses,
offering 65 90minute lessons. Each lesson consists of seven
components, and includes opening problems in a realworld context,
a tutorial with hints and tips, examples, problems and questions,
and selfchecks. The workbook includes perforated pages. Three
CDROMs contain interactive, multimedia courseware which can
run on Windows and Macintosh platforms on a standalone computer,
over a LAN, and over the Internet.Book News, Inc.®, Portland,
OR
Review of The Learning Equation: Intermediate Algebra Student Workbook: Version 2.0
Editorial review
A book/CDROM package, containing 64 90minute lessons covering
the college elementary algebra curriculum. Application problems
are drawn from disciplines such as business, entertainment,
and science. Three CDROMs contain interactive, multimedia courseware
which can run on Windows and Macintosh platforms on a standalone
computer, over a LAN, and over the Internet.Book News, Inc.®,
Portland, OR
Review of The Learning Equation: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra Combined Student Workbook: Version 2.0
Editorial review
The Learning Equation(tm) (TLE) is interactive, multimedia courseware
for developmental mathematics, covering subjects from basic
mathematics/arithmetic through intermediate algebra. TLE is
available to users in the form of a workbook (the Student Workbook),
plus the complete software product on CD. This makes TLE ideal
for anytime, anywhere learning. There is an accompanying Instructor's
Resource Manual (IRM) for each course product containing information
to help instructors implement TLE into their curriculum.
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