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Review of The Beginnings and Evolution of Algebra
Editorial review
A history of algebra, starting with an account of its Babylonian
beginnings and ending with a substantial account of major developments
in the 19th century. While early chapters can be read by people
with no more than a high school knowledge of mathematics, later
chapters require familiarity with material usually presented
in a course in abstract algebra. Bashmakova teaches in the department
of mechanics and mathematics at Moscow State University. Smirnova
has taught at Moscow State University since 1987. Member price
$19.95.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Review of Algebra in the Concrete
Reviewed by Evelyn D. Saenz, from Boston
Mary Laycock found a way to show algebra in a fun and exciting,
handson way that excites kids to play with first year algebra.
Review of Elementary Algebra: A Workbook for Reading, Writing, and Thinking about Mathematics
Editorial review
Engaging activities provide opportunities for students to explore
and gain understanding about algebraic thinking. Through the
Fabulous Function Machine, Professor Brangle's Balances, and
the Morph Machine young students learn to solve realworld problems,
building a solid foundation for tackling advanced algebraic
reasoning in later grades.
Review of Algebra II: An Incremental Development
Reviewed by Manofjen@aol.com, from Dallas,
Texas
I took public school math through ninth grade. I was in Algebra
II at the time. I then transferred to a small Christian school
that used Saxon material. I took it all the way through Physics
and it was much easier to understand yet I found that I retained
much more of the material.
Review of Algebra Two: An Incremental Development
Reviewed by a reader, from USA
this alebra book is great. it taught me geometry and advanced
algebra at the same time. it is a combonation of two books in
one.
Review of Algebra 1: An Incremental Development/Solutions Manual
Reviewed by a reader, from South Padre
Island, Texas United States
The Solutions Manual offered through Amazon is for the 2d edition,
not the 3rd, which has been out since 1997. Since no edition
is mentioned in the writeup, I ordered it. Once received, I
discovered that it was of no value to me in checking my son's
homework. Now I've lost 4  6 more weeks of time while I wait
for the Saxon Publishing cite to mail the current manual to
me. In the meantime, I'm personally working 60 algebra problems
nightly for my kids (30 for algebra 1 and 30 for algebra 2).
It was a true disappointment. Be careful which edition you require.
Reviewed by Louise Dana, from Kalamazoo,
Michigan
Saxon's explanations are lucid, but sometimes overlaboured;
he's perfectly willing to repeat himself over and over. Following
each chapter's explanation is a problem set of 30 or so problems,
which tests the student on the latest concept and every single
other concept covered so far. Needless to say, doing the same
kind of problems over and over and over again gets very old.
The one redeeming feature is Saxon's word problems, which are
inventive and sometimes (as I found against my will) quite funny.
Repetitive though the book is, though, it succeeds very well
at teaching the student basic algebra; no one can go through
this book and not know the material cold.
Reviewed by whipapino@aol.com, from California
This book helped me pass my class with flying colors.....ok
buh by
Review of Algebra Unplugged
Editorial review
It's a remarkable little book by Kenn Amdahl, a poet and former
mathphobe and Jim Loats, a math professor. Be advised that
Algebra Unplugged does not take the approach that your high
school math teacher and textbook took. It certainly answers
some basic questions differently. Amdahl and Loats cover pretty
much all the topics of firstyear algebra and a great deal of
earlier math that many kids don't really have a grip on. And
they do it all in just 258 pages of remarkably readable and
often hilarious text. Both of my daughters read the book. One,
a true mathphobe probably managed to pass algebra in ninth
grade as much because of this little book as because of her
teacher. My other daughter profited as well, though she's a
math lover. Bruce M. Smith, managing editor.
Reviewed by thepeskyangel, from Nottingham,
UK
Algebra were one of the greatest avantgarde prog rock bands
of the nineties. In "Algebra Unplugged" Amdahl and
Loats have put together an incredible compilation of some of
their best acoustic live sets. The production, is at times,
a little weak, but the heartrending "ax * ax + bx + c
= 0" recorded live in Lecture Theatre 2.13 is probably
one of Algebra's finest moments. There's some real gems on this
album  The stunning 15 minute opus "Quadratic/Equivalence"
being a case in point. A couple of tracks grate a little, most
noticably  "Simplifying Exponents of Polynomials"
but on the whole this is a magnificent album and is not to be
missed.
Reviewed by cloudia, from Seattle, WA
United States
Best of all the authors explain what it is you're doing when
you do algebra. Why doesn't it make sense in the real world?
Because it's a game. The conventions may seem arbitrary but
the rules are not. The authors multiply things like tenors and
pigs and divide them by all kinds of nonmathematical things
in order to illustrate the logic of mathematical thinking. They
also show that people are thinking algebraically even when they
don't know they're doing so. This is a great book if you took
algebra a long time ago and are not sure you remember the differences
between the various mathematical disciplines. It's also good
if you are the type who wants everything explained to you in
math, rather than taking it on faith. It won't replace the standard
textbook, but it will show you how to use it.
Reviewed by irwin shapiro, from Hillsborough,
NJ United States
dont bother with this book, unless you like that kids show ghostwriter.
its the same concept.
Reviewed by a reader, from Denver, CO
United States
My main problem with algebra is that no one ever told me what
it really is, besides a bunch of equations. I also couldn't
understand why factoring was so important. I'm happy to report
that this book tells you what algebra is for and why factoring
is important, and much more, and does do in a way that even
the mathchallenged can easily grasp. It also reassures the
reader by saying that it's okay to need to read and reread the
book to get a firm grasp on concepts. It is possibly the only
math book I have ever read that didn't make me feel like an
idiot, make giant assumptions, or skimp on the explanations.
Although I don't think I will ever be close friends with math,
this book makes it possible to negotiate an armed truce and
(I hope) to succeed in college algebra after 10 years of doing
no math more strenuous than balancing my checkbook.The only
drawback to this book is the embarrassing number of typos, but
they detract only slightly from the text.
Review of The Algebra Tutor: Algebra I and II
Reviewed by Preston, from New York City,
USA
I purchased this book after circling the aisles of my local
bookstore for over an hour. It was the only one which was straightforward,
concise, and repetitive. Most study guides are geared toward
prepping students for standardized tests.I was never good at
math, and always hated doing it. There was no way around it
though, when I decided to go back to college for a science degree
and had to get myself ready for calculus. The Algebra Tutor's
review of Algebra I & II concepts provided a great start.
Mr. Thomas first introduces a vital concept, then gives examples,
and finally lets the student practiceusually with 12 problems.
This format is repeated in 51 lessons, giving a comprehensive
survey of Algebra topics and operations. Answers to every problem
are in the back of the book, making it easy to check one's work.
He even gives lookalike problems for those which are likely
to give students trouble.**The only problem I found was a number
of typeo's, probably 10 or 12 in the book. Occasionally, problems
had the wrong sign (multiplication instead of division) or exponents
were written as coefficients (instead of in superscript). But,
as the author explains in the preface, friends of his typed
every page to get it ready for printing. This is no mass market
texbook. I discovered the errors when I checked my work and
came up with the given answers by inferring what the author
probably meant to write.Completing this self tutoring course
was, in fact, so enjoyable that I now have an altogether different
opinion of math. I wish textbooks used in public schools would
follow the example of Mr. Thomas' book. Fewer students would
need tutors in the first place if they were taught using the
Algebra Tutor's no nonsense method. This book proves that you
don't have to be 'taught' math on a chalkboard or (ugh) overhead
projector. You can teach yourself!
Review of Real World Algebra
Editorial review
"If you've been asked by students the inevitable question,
'When will we use this?' this book is for you."
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