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Review of Prealgebra (2nd Edition)
Editorial review
This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features a buildingblock
approach toward problem solving and realistic, diverse applications.
The Putting Your Skills to Work and new chapterend feature,
Math in the Media, present readers with opportunities to utilize
critical thinking skills, analyze and interpret data, and problem
solve using applied situations encountered in daily life. The
goal of the changes in the 2nd edition is to upgrade the level
of algebra in the book—This is accomplished by introducing
equations, evaluating expressions, and properties of exponents
earlier and revisiting the topics more often. Readers now learn
how to solve equations using one principle first (Chapters 1,
3, 4, and 5)—Using both principles together is covered
(Ch. 6) after readers have had substantial practice using one
principle of equality. Contains 2 chapters dedicated to algebra
skills (Ch. 3 and 6). A substantial increase in coverage of
evaluating expressions (nearly double) from the first edition.
Signed numbers are now covered earlier in Chapter 2 and Whole
number operations are covered in one chapter vs. two in the
previous edition.
Reviewed by Richard Beaty, from Layton,
Utah USA
This book worked good for me, I also had a good teacher though.
Never found mistakes in it. Good beginning book to learn PreAlgebra
concepts
Reviewed by Consuelo Hospedales, from
NJ, USA
I have been below average in Math for most of my life but thanks
to Prealgebra by Blair, Tobey and Slater my grade went up considerably.
I managed to maintain a B average thanks to this comprehensive
and easy to follow book. It set a steady foundation for me.
Thanks
Review of Practical Algebra
Editorial review
This book provides an introduction to real analysis and to applications
that require it. Early chapters cover basics of real analysis,
using a streamlined approach that gets to the applications quickly,
with some material flagged as advanced. More than half the book
consists of independent chapters on topics ranging from Fourier
series and polynomial approximation to discrete dynamical systems
and convex optimization. Each application presents a number
of results and shows how these results depend on fundamental
ideas of real analysis. The role of normed vector spaces is
emphasized, and they provide a framework for most of the applications.
Some familiarity with computational aspects of principles of
analysis is helpful.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Reviewed by a reader, from Richmond,
VA United States
I'm a senior math major and am using this book in my Analysis
I class. I find it a bit difficult to follow, and many students
in my class agree that the examples are too few and lack simplicity.
It would help if there was an answer key in the back of the
book so that solutions could be confirmed. Also, the exercises
are not very similar to the examples of a given section of a
chapter. Lots of room for improvement.
Reviewed by Palle E T Jorgensen, from
USA
A well balanced book! The first solid analysis course, with
proofs, is central in the offerings of any math.dept.; and
yet, the new books that hit the market don't always hit the
mark: The balance between theory and applications, between
technical profs and intuitive ideas,between classical and
modern subjects, and between real life exercises vs. the ones
that drill a new concept. The DavidsonDonsig book is outstanding,
and it does hit the mark. The writing is both systematic and
engaged. Refreshing! Novel: includes wavelets, approximation
theory, discrete dynamics, differential equations,Fourier analysis,
and wave mechanics.
Review of Intermediate Algebra (2nd Edition)
Editorial review
This text aims to provide a foundation in algebra and to help
students develop problemsolving skills. An attempt has been
made to maintain student interest with reallife examples and
problemsolving strategies, and with applications from varied
fields such as agriculture, construction, government, and music.
Learning features include practice problems, margin concept
checks, calculator and graphing calculator exercises, chapter
reviews, pretests and tests, and exercise sets. This second
edition offers increased integration of geometry concepts, plus
study skill boxes. The author teaches at the University of New
Orleans.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Review of College Algebra
Editorial review
An introductory text covering equations, inequalities, polynomial,
rational expressions, graphing, roots and radicals, and quadratic
equations. Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR This text refers
to the Paperback edition.
Reviewed by yocchi, from Cooper City,
Fl United States
When a consumer purchases a product, they expect to get what
they paid for. This belief is only strengthened when one purchases
a product designed for selfimprovement, especially if the product
is one targeted at educators and students. Prentice Hall's Interactive
Math: Beginning Algebra is a severe letdown... this software/textbook
bundle is intended for students who are a)in college and b)trying
to understand the basics of algebra so that they can continue
on with their education and move to the next level. The product
fails in two categories; the program itself, the 'installation'
guide, and Prentice Hall's servers. To begin with, the installation
setup is a joke. Unlike most programs that begin installation
the moment the cd has loaded in the drive, users have to locate
the add/delete program function in their directory, then click
to start and follow the directions. As a longtime computer
user, this is not a problem I had, however for the majority
of people who have a hard time using computers (and they were
the majority in the class I enrolled in which used this program)this
is a daunting task. This fact is compounded by the two installation
manuals found in the box (both different). The second issue
with program itself is that it is bugridden. More often than
not, when a correct answer is entered, it is marked as 'incorrect'.
The program is set up so that if the test portion of each chapter
is not completed to a passing percentage (in our case, the percentage
was set at 80%, which would be one incorrect answer out of five)one
cannot advance to the next section. Now imagine for a moment
getting all five answers correct, being told you answered
all five incorrectly (because it shows the 'correct' answer
under the one you submitted)and having to wait until the teacher
can clear the error and mark all your answers correct. Now imagine
a whole class having that same problem. It only gets worse when
you realize that the classwork is also done at home (the whole
course is online and can partially be done at home). The teacher
can only do so much, so in the end you can't blame him or her.
The blame is on Prentice Hall, and the fact that they clearly
did not test this product and clear up the bugs before it was
released on the market. The third problem with the product
it's technical support and the servers used to transmit uploaded
and downloaded information (since the program itself requires
the user to be online to open the program)is by far the worst
part. Not only did they shut down their servers (repeatedly)
for 'maintenance' at peak times, but students recieved numerous
error messages while the system was up and running. Between
socket errors and javascript problems, it was next to impossible
to upload, download, or startup the program. The tech support
number given in the textbook/software bundle a number which
was supposed to be there for students to call 24hrs in regards
to assistance was useless after 9pm even though peak hours
for the system ofter were at night, when most of the people
taking this class (who chose it because it was 'distance learning'
and flexible)were coming home from work and getting ready to
work on their classwork online. The teacher for the class eventually
gave his students the actual 24hr number midway through the
term, however it was after many of us had gone through quite
a bit of hassle. In honesty, the only valuable thing about this
product, is the actual textbook that comes with it. The textbook
mirrors the program, explanation for explanation and provides
problems for the student to work out on their own... I shelled
out for the whole package. Expect to see Prentice Hall either
discontinue this product, or pull it off the market only to
reintroduce it later after they work out it's inherent problems.
Until then, please, do not buy this product.
Reviewed by a reader, from united states
This book is confusing and gives bad examples. It does not go
over how to do each step well and is hard to understand.
Review of Beginning Algebra: A Direct Approach
Editorial review
Textbook for undergraduate students includes a review of arithmetic
and geometry. Simple language is used and rigor is not stressed.
Includes chapter summaries, review problems, and chapter tests.
No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland,
Or.
Review of Elementary Algebra for College Students (5th Edition)
Editorial review
Teachers at community colleges provide a textbook for undergraduate
students and other adults who have had no prior exposure to
algebra or who learned it once but need some cobwebs blown away.
The emphasis is on readability and relevance to daily life.
They cover real numbers, linear equations and inequalities,
formulas and applications, exponents and polynomials, factoring,
rational expressions and equations, graphing linear equations,
systems of linear equations, roots and radicals, and quadratic
equations. Inside the back cover is an index of applications,
making the text usable as a reference.Book News, Inc.®,
Portland, OR
Reviewed by a reader, from usa
I wish he had written all of my text books. Everything is clearly
laid out with examples that are broken down into small steps
to make understanding even clearer.
Reviewed by bseet02@Ameritech.net, Stan
Fipps Sr, from U.S.A
I would really like to thank Mr. Angel for putting together
a great book. I have to admit that I was afraid of Algebra until
I started studying from this book. Thanks !
Reviewed by a reader, from u.s.
The book was laid out well and establishes a good flow with
the reader. Contains helpful drawings and diagrams. This book
is well suited for visual learners.
Review of College Algebra (6th Edition)
Editorial review
Standard textbook for a onequarter or onesemester course at
the sophomore level. This edition (fourth, 1986) adds new sections
on LU factorization, vectors in the plane and in 3space, cross
product in R<s;u>3, least squares, conic sections,
and quadric surfaces. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland,
Or. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition
of this title.
Reviewed by a reader, from Madison, WI
United States
This book is required for my Linear Algebra class. Since my
professor is not the best lecturer, I've had to buy another
book to have any hope at understanding the material. This book
gives poor explanations and the examples are not helpful. After
looking around, I've found that there are many, many books out
there that will make the topic easier to understand.
Reviewed by a reader,
Reviewed by a reader, from New York, NY
Th explanations are inadequate. They skip steps. Some elements
are added into the chapters that are considered optional. Who
ever heard of an optional chapter in their textbook!? I, for
one, never heard of such a thing! The problems in the back are
not very good usefull and are often repetative in some places
and lacking in other. The proofs that the book spends much time
with are also poorly explained. The author should know that
to the new student, nothing is obvious, nothing is known. There
is not more to say than: its a bad book.p.s. I couldn't bring
myself to any book only one star.
Reviewed by Jason, from Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada
This textbook was used for the 1st year algebra course that
I took and it gave me a pretty rough time. It's nice because
it covers a lot of topics, but it has one weakness: the explanations
are very poorly written, and from a student's perspective, they
are very difficult to understand. All explanations of the various
subjects are accurate, but they seem to be written from a viewpoint
which seems to be geared towards not students but those who
have already understood the material. Most of my friends taking
the same course also felt that this textbook was extremely lacking.
Please, if you're a professor, do your students a favour and
choose a different algebra textbook than this one!!!
Review of Algebra for College Students (4th Edition)
Editorial review
This text covers topics required in a strong oneterm course
in intermediate algebra for high school students or a oneterm
algebra course for college students. Coverage progresses from
algebra, mathematical models, and problem solving to sequences,
induction, and probability. This fourth edition contains new
sectionopening scenarios, updated realworld data, rewritten
exercise sets, chapter review tables, and a new chapter on inequalities.
As in the third edition, use of graphing utilities is optional.
One year of high school algebra is assumed as a prerequisite.
The author teaches mathematics at MiamiDade Community College.Book
News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Review of Beginning and Intermediate Algebra
Editorial review
This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features a buildingblock
approach toward problem solving, realistic and diverse applications,
and chapter organizer to help users focus their study and become
effective and confident problem solvers. The Putting Your Skills
to Work and new chapterend feature, Math in the Media, present
readers with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills,
analyze and interpret data, and problem solve using applied
situations encountered in daily life. Real Numbers and Variables;
Equations, Inequalities and Applications; Graphs and Functions;
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities; Exponents and
Polynomials; Factoring; Rational Expressions and Equations;
Rational Exponents and Radicals; Quadratic Equations, Inequalities,
and Absolute Value; The Conic Sections; Additional Properties
of Functions; Logarithmic and Exponential Functions.
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