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Review of Prealgebra (2nd Edition)
This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features a building-block approach toward problem solving and realistic, diverse applications. The Putting Your Skills to Work and new chapter-end 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,
This book worked good for me, I also had a good teacher though. Never found mistakes in it. Good beginning book to learn Pre-Algebra concepts
Reviewed by Consuelo Hospedales, from
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
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
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 Davidson-Donsig 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)
This text aims to provide a foundation in algebra and to help students develop problem-solving skills. An attempt has been made to maintain student interest with real-life examples and problem-solving 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
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
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
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)
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)
Standard textbook for a one-quarter or one-semester course at the sophomore level. This edition (fourth, 1986) adds new sections on LU- factorization, vectors in the plane and in 3-space, 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
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.
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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,
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)
This text covers topics required in a strong one-term course in intermediate algebra for high school students or a one-term algebra course for college students. Coverage progresses from algebra, mathematical models, and problem solving to sequences, induction, and probability. This fourth edition contains new section-opening scenarios, updated real-world 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 Miami-Dade Community College.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Review of Beginning and Intermediate Algebra
This clear, accessible treatment of mathematics features a building-block 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 chapter-end 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.