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Review of The Concise Handbook of Algebra

Editorial review
The Concise Handbook of Algebra provides a succinct, but thorough treatment of algebra. The editors have gone to great lengths to capture the core essence of the different ideas, concepts and results that make up algebra as we know it today. In a collection that spans about 150 sections organized in 9 chapters, algebraists are provided with a standard knowledge set for their areas of expertise. Other readers meanwhile, are equipped with a quick and dependable reference to the area as a whole. All of this is presented uniformally with cross-references linking the sections. The target audience consists of anyone interested in algebra, from graduate students to established researchers, including those who want to obtain a quick overview or a better understanding of the selected topics.

Review of Practical Algebra

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Here's a self-teaching refresher course for students going on to higher math courses, or for those who need a brush-up before taking such tests as SAT, GRE, or GMAT. The book is filled with problems and answers for drill and review.

Reviewed by a reader, from El Sobrante, CA
I have been dreading taking a college math class for years because I felt I had never learned algebra, and what I had learned, I'd long since forgotten. This book has undone years of fear! I've been working in the book for about a week and a half, and I'm almost a third of the way through. I feel very confident now because this stuff is acutally makes sense! Thank you, Barbara Lee Bleau!

Reviewed by possum2, from Texas
As an adult wanting to learn algebra again, I looked for a clear, in-depth, easy to read book, that offered many examples that were carefully explained. Eureka! This book is wonderful, and has really made algebra clear for me. Just wish they had a Forgotten Geometry and Forgotten Trig! :)

Reviewed by a reader, from marietta, ga United States
I rate the book a 4, subtracting one point for the errors. The best thing about this book is at the beginning and end of each chapter it gives written step-by-step procedures on how to solve the problems given. That, more than anything, really helped me out.I have one question for Ms. Bleau: in the next edition of this great book are you going to include an end-of-each-chapter Texas Instruments TI-83 calculator supplement like what is included in "Forgotten Calculus?" I have both a T-83 and a T-86. I wish the T-86 would be used but I am satisfied with the T-83.Anyway, thanks for this great book. Despite the errors, it was still well worth the money. If only you could write a "Forgotten Trigonometry" edition. Trig, more than Algerbra, has been a huge weakness of mine.Thanks you so much!

Reviewed by Barbara Lee Bleau, from Key West, Florida United States
I am working on the third edition of Forgotten Algebra with a publication date of 2003. In the process I am reworking all the examples and problems. I would like the new edition to be error free. Thus far I have found six errors. Page 288, prob 14 Page 290, prob 9 Page 301, prob 25 Page 302, prob 21 Page 303, prob 5 Page 305, prob 9If you know of more, please send the info along WITH YOUR SOLUTION to me at P.O. Box 5928, Key West, FL 33045. That way, if the mistake happens to be yours, not mine, I will correct your work and return it to you. Thanks in advance.

Review of Forgotten Algebra

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This updated book is a self-teaching brush-up course for students who need more math background before taking calculus, or who are preparing for a standardized exam such as the GRE or GMAT. Set up as a workbook, Forgotten Algebra is divided into 31 units, starting with signed numbers, symbols, and first-degree equations, and progressing to include logarithms and right triangles. Each unit provides explanations and includes numerous examples, problems, and exercises with detailed solutions to facilitate self-study. Optional sections introduce the use of graphing calculators. Units conclude with exercises, their answers given at the back of the book. Systematic presentation of subject matter is easy to follow, but contains all the algebraic information learners need for mastery of this subject. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review of Algebra, the Easy Way (3rd Ed)

Editorial review
Describes and explains uses of equations, polynomials, the binomial formula, exponential functions, logarithms, and much more, with exercises and answers.Over the years, Barron?s popular and widely-used Easy Way books have proven themselves to be accessible self-teaching manuals. They have also found their way into many classrooms as valuable and easy-to-use textbook supplements. The titles cover a wide variety of both practical and academic topics, presenting fundamental subject matter so that it can be clearly understood and provide a foundation for more advanced study. Easy Way books fulfill many purposes. They help students improve their grades, serve as good test preparation review books, and provide readers working outside classroom settings with practical information on subjects that relate to their occupations and careers. All Easy Way books include review questions and mini-tests with answers. All new Easy Way editions feature type in two-colors, the second color used to highlight important study points and topic heads. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Reviewed by Superstar, from Florida
This is a book with good things and bad things. When I was 11 I had to get this book for school. I was learning algebra, but sometimes the story would get me mixed up, so that I had to read the same part a bunch of times. The story is neat and makes learning algebra a little more fun, but it might be good to expect thet you might not understand the story, and just focus on learning math.

Reviewed by cloudpeak, from Woodinville, WA
My oldest child has begun to study algebra in school. Algebra, the Easy Way is a wonderful addition to her classroom studies. This book's approach explains the whys of algebra. It takes students beyond the "just memorize" it way of learning alegebra. To use this book effectively, I strongly suggest readers do some of the problems at the end of each chapter. You'll find the answers in the back of the book. Students who complete this book will be well on their way to being able to use algebra. My younger children have taken an interest in the book, too. The book's story approach has sparked their interest. Because of their young ages, they are moving more slowly through the book than the older child. Nonetheless, the book's approach has made algebra seem like a very natural idea to them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in beginning the study of algebra.

Reviewed by a reader, from USA
This book didnt get straight to the point. Not a good book if you need quick help. This book is geared towards younger teens but seems like its geared more towards pre-teens.

Reviewed by Eugene Wong, from Sydney, Australia
If you have (or are) that extra smart young kid, who always seems to be a grade (year) or two ahead of his/her class in maths, this book is certainly going to be perfect for him/her (as it was for me). This was the book that got me interested in Algebra. Downing takes the reader on an adventure, explaining the basics of algebra through a story, and progressing almost to the very apex of general algebra. (He doesn't cover every single aspect of general algebra - I recall one example: Synthetic Division, there are others.) But for a child, who's ahead of the rest, you don't need to have everything just yet.This book certainly won't appeal to adults or older teens (who will easily get bored and turned off by the underlying story), but it was a great introduction for me when I was just turning the decade mark. It really helps you to understand Algebra as more than a bunch of things to memorise; it makes you see applications in every aspect of life. Once you (or your child) have finished this book, you'll be thirsting for more, and that's when you move on to a more traditional textbook to fill in the "blanks". After that, algebra will be running through your veins. With this solid foundation, trigonometry and calculus will be much easier.(The author also wrote similar books on Trigonometry and Calculus. The Calculus book was quite poor because the story began to intrude on explaining the concepts properly. [By the time you are ready to take calculus on, you should use a traditional textbook - like Anton or Thomas.] The trigonometry book was quite good, but I feel none can match the brilliance of this book.)

Review of Math on File: Algebra

Editorial review
This three-ring binder (11.5x11.5) contains about 155 problem sets from beginning algebra to precalculus and modern mathematics that can be used for group work in class or individual homework assignments. Designed to support NCTM standards, it covers subjects from arithmetic series, balancing equations, and developing empirical laws to algebraic inequalities and interval notation, math games with numbers, statistics in practice, and parabolic motion.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Review of S.G. College Algebra 3e

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Writing for graduate students and research mathematicians, the author introduces and studies the construction of the crossed product of a von Neumann algebra by an equivalence relation on X with countable cosets. Properties of the construction are proved in the general case. In addition, the generalizations of the Spectral Theorem on Bimodules and of the theorem on dilations are proved. No Index. Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Review of Test Manual T/A Beg. Algebra 4: Subj

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This book describes the recent development in the structure theory of von Neumann algebras and their automorphism groups. It can be viewed as a guided tour to the state of the art.


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