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Review of Algebra
Reviewed by H/V, from Vermont
This book was extremely repetitive but the words base is good..
It has a very easy step by step set up and is excellent for
a self teaching device.
Review of Algebra
Reviewed by James Kim, from Cerritos,
CA USA
The UCSMP Advanced Algebra, which I used during my 3week preparation
for the challenge test, is one nice algebra textbook. This is
the same text that we use for Algebra II/Course III in our school,
and although many people say that it's mostly a review of Algebra
I (including my friend Lynn Zhang), I think this book still
gives enough new ideas to anyone who has some good algebra skills
but is not yet ready for the rigor of precalculus mathematics.
This textbook helped me restore my lost confidence and interest
in mathematics, and therefore I rate this book with 4 stars.
Reviewed by alexwcovington, from USA
An excellent text for selflearners and schools alike, this
is great for anyone who wants to learn advanced algebra.
Reviewed by a reader, from Florida, USA
This was the worst maths book I ever had. All the stuff that
we did I already had in Algebra I and therefore the whole year
was a waste of time  of course not for those who are not good
at maths. Our school competes at the regional maths competitions
and all other schools were much better prepared than we were
 well, the other schools didn't use UCSMP!
Reviewed by a reader, from Oregon, USA
I am a student and I took Algebra through a homeschool course.
We tried many different books but this one was definently the
best. I learned so much out of this book. But even more, I understood
everything I learned. With every lesson taught there is a real
life example that eliminates the constantly asked question...
"And When in my life will I ever need to use this?"
Review of Algebra: The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project
Reviewed by a reader, from Michigan
The University of Chicago Math Series is excellent as an selfstudy
or inclassroom math series. I prefer it over other curriculums
I have used.
Reviewed by a reader, from Anacortes,
WA
Our 14 yr. old (homeschooled) daughter just completed this University
of Chicago's Algebra textbook. She found the text complete,
thorough, and very easy to follow! She found it to be an almost
completely 'self taught' course! She also enjoyed the colorful
pictures, extra projects sections, and the interesting sidenotes
which included world trivia topics. We have been successfully
using the Saxon math text books for all of our lower grade math
work thus far, and were somewhat reluctant to try something
"new" and different. But right from the start, our
daughter LOVED the Chicago math, and welcomed the change. I
just wish that there had been a text like this for me, her mother,
when I was struggling through Algebra back in the '70's. We
would highly recommend this math textbook, and it's clear solution
manual to ANYONE studying Algebra! Go ahead and try something
different this year!
Review of Hcb  Algebra Volume I
Reviewed by a reader, from Ft. Wayne,
IN United States
This book is ok but I think It needs more examples.
Review of A Teacher's Guide to Elementary Algebra
Reviewed by Jim Bennett, from Poughkeepsie,
NY USA
I teach Algebra, and Jacobs's teacher's guide is my favorite,
most frequently used resource. The guide gives the teacher a
number of puzzles, tricks, visuals, jokes, etc. to introduce
and reinforce concepts. It's explanations are right on target.
It is written to be used in conjunction with the student text,
but it could be used by itself for supplemental material for
any curriculum. I think it's a shame that this valuable book
is out of print. I give it a 5 star rating.
Review of Basic Algebra I
Reviewed by a reader, from Texas
I'm truly shocked that this book has received such low reviews.
This is not an easy book, but it shouldn't be faulted for that.
It's clear and beautifully written, and it's been a pleasure
to work through. Additionally, the chapters are divided into
sections that are 'bite size' with exercises at the end of each,
which has made it well suited for regular daily study. I would
highly recommend it to any student with some mathematical maturity
who wishes to get a good foundation in the subject.
Reviewed by Remi, from London, England
This book and its sequel BAII form a superb algebra resource
that I use constantly. While this book is neither a reference
(in the sense of Bourbaki) nor a textbook (its style is far
too elegant to be classified as a textbook), it is beautifully
written and one can learn a great deal by reading it. A word
of warning though: this book presupposes a fair amount of mathematical
maturity, so I would not recommend this book as an introduction
to abstract algebra. On the other hand, it is a great complement
to algebra courses and its originality and the variety of topics
covered make it an invaluable resource.
Reviewed by Farshid Arjomandi, from CA,
USA
We used this book as a text for the first year graduate course
on abstract algebra at UC Santa Cruz in the late 90's. I should
say that this text is rigorous, but not the best choice geared
for classroom use anymore... unless of course you like reading
books in the style of those translated from Russian. I consider
Jacabson's text one of the classics still worthy for reference
purposes but not for use as a main source on an introductory
graduate algebra course. However, I got the impression that
most of my professors thought of this book as the bible because
back in the day when they were in school (60's, 70's) they were
taught off of it. Dr. Jacabson's book (unfortunately he passed
away last year) needs rather serious updates to become appealing
enough compared to the other sources that have hit the market
in the past twenty years or so.
Reviewed by Todd Ebert, from Irvine Ca
USA
I dislike the book for two main reason: 1)the author hides information
in essaystyle paragraphs which usually end in phrases like,
"thus, we have proved...". If you are lucky, he will
somewhere state the theorem.2) because of 1) it serves as a
poor reference book, which is the main subsequent value of a
text after you have taken the course with it.I do share some
of the enthusiasm that Richard has for the book, but only for
those parts of the book that I already understood from previous
work. We actually took the class together at UC Santa Barbara.
And from what I remember, Richard was one of the few students
who had anything good to say about the book. I think a better
graduate text is Hungerford's or Grove's ("Algebra").
Review of Basic Algebra II
Editorial review
First edition published in 1980. Textbook for undergraduate
students addresses such topics as: categories, modules, classical
representation theory of finite groups, formally real fields,
etc. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Reviewed by Gene W. Smith, from San Jose
It is indeed not an undergraduate level book, but Jaconson I&IIform
a great overall introduction to algebra for the budding algebraist.
We used Jacobson I as the intro algebra text for graduate students
at Berkeley, and it can be recommended forfirst or second year
students (and beyond.) It forms a part of]the trilogy of "Don't
Let the Name Fool You" of not that basicmathematics book
with Weil's Basic Number Theory and Serre'sA Course in Arithmetic.
Reviewed by Timothy Y Chow, from Ann
Arbor, Michigan
Basic Algebra II is much better organized than Basic Algebra
I, and it is an outstanding reference for the algebra that every
Ph.D. graduate student should know. Perhaps the decision to
prove Wedderburn's theorem via Morita theory was unfortunate
since it makes the former seem more inaccessible than it really
is, but otherwise I cannot fault the exposition. One word of
warning: if your main interest is algebraic number theory, then
Lang's _Algebra_ is probably a better reference since Jacobson
omits several topics that are crucial for the number theorist.
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