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Review of Elementary Algebra Review
Editorial review
This workbook is designed for use in any elementary algebra
course or by any student needing to retrace typical elementary
algebra problems. Upon completion of these review problems,
the student should feel comfortable taking any entrance or placement
test or final exam involving elementary algebra. There is a
comprehensive review which contains problems for all nine units.
Answers are provided for all problems so that students can check
their answers.
Review of PreAlgebra, Book 1 (Straight Forward Math Series/Book 1)
Editorial review
This valuable study guide provides a modern introduction to
linear algebra for people studying or practicing in any of the
varied fields of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, economics,
statistics and engineering. The hundreds of problems solved
stepbystep illustrate and reinforce key points. And 390 additional
problems help students review the information in each chapter
and consolidate their knowledge.
Reviewed by JOSEPH M JAGELLA, from Pennsylvania
I've used many Schaum's books before, and most of them were
very good because they were well written and explained concepts
and techniques clearly. "Beginning Linear Algebra,"
however, was not as good as most of the other books in the series.
It suffers from long chapter outlines, poor explanations, and
many errors both in the explanations and answers to problems.
Nevertheless, this book does provide a lot of good practice
problems with answers. So I would recommend this book as a supplement
to a regular text and not as a primary source of information
about linear algebra.
Review of Applications, Concepts and Technology in Algebra
Editorial review
Designed for a freshmenlevel course in college algebra, this
new text uses technology to promote conceptual understanding
as well as exploration and modeling of realworld problems.
The text focuses on the function concept to prepare students
for the study of calculus, while its focus on mathematical modeling
helps students see how math is used in the real world. ACT in
Algebra is intended for both the student taking college algebra
as a preparation for calculus and the student taking the course
to satisfy a mathematical requirement.
Review of Key to Algebra Book 8 Graphs
Editorial review
This text is designed to teach prospective business employees,
managers, and owners how to complete business calculations and
how to apply them to realistic business situations. Concepts
are clearly and concisely explained. Illustrations, workedout
examples, practice exercises, word problems, and business applications
are provided to reinforce students' understanding.
Review of Schaum's Outline of Elementary Algebra
Editorial review
This study guide makes algebra much easier to understand. It
proves ideal for newcomers and also for those who want a quick,
yet thorough review. Comprehension is accelerated and reinforced,
and the applications of algebra made clear, through numerous
problems with stepbystep solutions. Additional practice problems
with answers let students measure their progress as they hone
their skills.
Reviewed by Masaki Kondoh, from Yokohama,
JAPAN
This book is suitable for both bad and good students at mathematics.
Firstly, each category is explained easily but briefly. Secondly,
there are many questions, so you can get used to each category
and can solve many questions quickly. For another thing, this
book is so compact that you can bring anywhere you go and read
it. Finally but the most importantly, this book is excellent
for people using English as a mother tongue. It is because my
mother tongue is Japanese.
Reviewed by Luis Magallanes ( magbravluis@hotmail.com),
from USA, Mission High School, San Francisco
I have been teaching since 1980 and I have been following Schaum's
Collection also since I was a College student. Now, I am teaching
Math at Mission High School in San Francisco and I have noticed
that many of the exercises (maybe all of them) give students
the increasingly maturity to become selfconfidents in math.
Our scores went up!
Review of Schaum's Outline of Intermediate Algebra
Editorial review
You donOt need to be a math genius to do well in algebra! This
plainEnglish guide to intermediate algebra explains what algebra
is all about, in language thatOs easy to understand. Then it
shows you how to solve every kind of problem that youOll find
on your tests, stepbystep! You get 885 completely worked problems,
with each step in their solutions. More than a thousand additional
problems let you test your skills, then check the answers. So
comprehensive that it can be used alone as a complete independent
study course, this solvedproblem study guide is the perfect
review for college algebra. It even includes instructions on
using calculators, as well as effective study skill suggestions!
Reviewed by Stephen, from Tucson,AZ
Best mathproblem book I have come accross. The book does all
different types of problems, and works them out step by step.
Highly reccomended.
Reviewed by llh18, from Jacksonville,
FL United States
This book was a great study guide to use when I took Intermediate
Algebra last term. I used it a lot with homework assignments
because it broke down problems into simpler terms. If you are
looking for a good stusy guide, I reccommend this one.
Reviewed by a reader, from Baltimore,
MD United States
As a college math instructor, I bought this book to see if would
be useful for students who struggle with math. I was completely
impressed with the layout of this study guide! The Intermediate
Algebra text by Schaum's explains every concept clearly and
carefully, from basic solving of linear equations to graphing
of lines and simplifying rational expressions. Many texts at
this level do not bother to explain all the little things as
thoroughly as this one does, but that is EXACTLY what a struggling
student needs to see. It also provides several workedout examples
and practice problems in every section. If you are having trouble
with Intermediate Algebra, this may be all the "tutoring"
you'll need!
Review of Algebra for the Utterly Confused
Editorial review
Students and professionals alike must tap into their knowledge
of algebra everyday, whether it's for the SATs, college courses,
or even the workplace. Author Larry Stephens presents a superaccessible
approach to the subject that even the most mathphobic student
can follow, featuring simplified rules and techniques based
on realworld problems that use the principles of algebra for
their solutions. Algebra for the Utterly Confused offers a userfriendly,
logical, stepbystep approach to the fundamentals of algebra,
integrating contemporary software as one of the key tools to
assist in the solutions of the problems, including MINITAB,
Excel spreadsheets, and Maple. Handy icons help students visualize
concepts and techniques More than 200 solved problems and examples
aid students in working out algebraic solutions Summary of key
points for every chapter reinforces covered topics
Reviewed by william borg, from chicago,
IL United States
.... and I have little to compare this book to. Relatively good,
tho not perfect. On page 147, they show how to derive the lowest
common denominator, go thru the steps, but appear to skip one
detailwhich isnt at all obvious. I was able to consult a library
book I had & get a decent explanation. Yes, this text had
the correct answer, but didnt show u one of the steps. Then
they go on to show how to do the same lowest common denominator
for adding a bunch of equations. At the end, they say u cant
use certain values, but the finished equation gives u no hint
as to why not. This book often refers to "MAPLE",
a software program that rearranges equations for u. Its ok if
u dont have the software, the learning duznt hinge on it. And
its nice to know that there is such software. Overall, being
very nearly done w/ the book, I think its pretty good. I took
10 math books out of the library. Why? Trying to learn game
programming, and I knew my math was weak. Wasnt sure what the
difference between algebra & geometry was any more, they
were a hopeless mix of memories in my mind. Eventually, I'll
need to break down & buy something, for now, I'm deciding
based on study of free library books. I think u'd be Ok w/ this
book. I only wrote a review cuz no one else has written anything.
I say, got to the library & then later, decide which book
to buy for yer own.
Review of Bob Miller's Basic Math and PreAlgebra for the Clueless
Editorial review
Bob Miller's failsafe methodology helps students grasp basic
math and prealgebra All of the courses in the junior high,
high school, and college mathematics curriculum require a thorough
grounding in the fundamentals, principles, and techniques of
basic math and prealgebra, yet many students have difficulty
grasping the necessary concepts. Utilizing the author's acclaimed
and patented failsafe methodology for making mathematics easy
to understand, Bob Miller's Basic Math and PreAlgebra for the
Clueless enhances students' facility in these techniques and
in understanding the basics. This valuable new addition to Bob
Miller's Clueless series provides students with the reassuring
help they need to master these fundamental techniques, gives
them a solid understanding of how basic mathematics works, and
prepares them to perform well in any further mathematics courses
they take.
Reviewed by a reader, from Portland,
OR United States
I can't figure out who this book is for. The author states that
it's "written for those who want to get a jump on algebra
and for those returning to school, perhaps after a long time".
I fall into the latter category, but the book isn't particularly
helpful to me. The presentation seems silly (or annoying, as
the reviewer below says) and lacking. The author states, "In
order to get maximum benefit from this book, you must practice.
Do many exercises until you are very good with each of the skills."
There are no exercises in the book, however, for the student
to do. Each concept is explained with several problems and solutions
as examples, but there are no separate problems for students
to solve on their own. The author states that his "practical
dream is to have someone sponsor a math series from prealgebra
through calculus so everyone in our country will be able to
think well and keep our country number one forever." If
this book is an example of thinking well, our country is in
deep trouble. Fortunately, I'm not as xenophobic as the author,
and would be happy to use a math book from another country if
it's written better than this one.
Reviewed by a reader, from Coopersville,
MI United States
Overall this book was helpful to me in reviewing for the GMAT
exam. Unfortunately the author had a hideous writing habit that
he used throughout the book. As he would explain various topics
he would add additional letters to particular words. For example:
"..." At first I thought this was a typo, but it occurs
on page after page with different words and is terribly distracting.
I can't believe an editor would let this get through. I don't
know if this was meant to be cute or what, but it is just...annoying.Additionally,
for a book that is obviously designed for those of us who are
clueless about algebra, Mr Miller would often start off explaining
new topics by stating something to the effect that he once thought
this topic was hard, but now he doesn't nor do his students,
so the reader should do super well. Excuse me, but if algebra
came easily to me I wouldn't have bought this book!
Reviewed by a reader, from IN USA
I bought this book to help me brush up on the algebra I had
in college. The fact that it's for the clueless, I figured I
had half a chance to recall what I already thought I knew but
needed to brush up on. The writer reminded me of my college
professor. The math was easy to him, but he explained it as
if it were easy to the reader as well. He seemed to have forgotten
I was clueless. The other problem was the writer explained procedures
for figuring out a problem but omitt a step until you came across
an example where that omitted information would have been helpful.
After I got the problem wrong, then the omitted information
would be revealed. The writer kept me a step or two behind and
therefore confused as I spent most of my time trying to figure
out how the correct answer was determined insted of being taught
how to arrive at the correct answer. I gave it two stars because
it did temporarily motivate me to get started, and I thought
price was good compared to some of the other books, but I guess
you get what you paid for.
Review of Key to Algebra Book 7 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Editorial review
This ancillary contains workedout solutions and answers to
all oddnumbered problems in the text.
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