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Review of Beginning Algebra: A Text/Workbook

Editorial review
Exceptionally clear and accessible, this best-selling introductory text/workbook for elementary algebra is appropriate for lecture courses, learning centers, labs and self-paced courses. Written in a clear and concise style, this book offers all the review, drill and practice students need to develop proficiency in algebra. In a lecture-format class, each section of the book can be discussed in a forty-five- to fifty-minute class session. In a self-paced situation, the "Practice Problems" in the margins the student to become actively involved with the material before working the problems in the "Problem Set." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Reviewed by a reader, from Orange County, CA USA
Algebra has never come easy. I do not think it is meant to be so. After using the above textbook in at a community college Elementary Algebra class I now have a clearer understanding of algebraic functions. The textbook at first appears to have excessive practice problems, but these worked out for my benefit as I worked every single one of them. Remember, "practice makes perfect" and the more you practice at this level the better it will be for you in future algebra courses. My compliments to the author for this exceptional textbook. It is clearly written for the non-algebra mind to understand. I would highly recommend this textbook to anyone, especially to those of us who are algebraically challenged.

Review of Introduction to Algebra

Editorial review
Based on the author's years of teaching experience, this textbook provides undergraduates with a clear and carefully paced introduction to abstract algebra. It begins with groups and rings, developing important concepts thoroughly before moving on to subrings, homomorphisms, and ideals. Later chapters then introduce a number of more advanced topics, including simple groups and extensions, Noetherian rings, universal algebra, lattices, categories, Galois theory, and coding theory. The author has included a chapter on constructing the number systems, where he gives three different proofs that transcendental numbers exist.

Reviewed by Geoffrey Zenger, from Vancouver, BC
Peter J. Cameron's "Introduction to Algebra" is exactly that, an introduction to algebra and a good one at that. I must confess that before reading this book had a very limited knowledge of abstract algebra however with a little bit of time and effort I am now quite comfertable with the subject thanks to this book."Algebra" is divided into a 8 sections: 1) Set Theory and Relation Theory 2) Ring Theory 3) Group Theory 4) Vector Spaces 5) Modules 6) Numbers 7) More Rings and Groups 8) Galois theory and coding theoryThis book succeeds by having an interesting writing style, not being dry, and at the same time being very rigorous. The rigor is always present and all proofs are carefully developed however the "feel" of the subject is never lost as Cameron strives to help the reader grasp the "shape" of the algebraic structures that he introduces.This book has a slightly wider scope than many introductory algebra books however it succeeds in covering all of its topics well although the sections on category theory and algebraic geometry are only a page or two long and thus are only present to whet the reader's interest. In addition, Cameron motivates the discussions by drawing the topics together in the end in the applications chapter. This chapter covers the basics of the commonly known Galois theory and the less covered Coding theory which is one of the backbones of the internet.Final: Buy this book for a good introduction. I have borrowed a number of other introductory books from the university up the hill but this one was the clearest for me.

Review of Intermediate Algebra with Applications

Editorial review
William Burnside was one of the three most important algebraists who were involved in the transformation of group theory from its nineteenth-century origins to a deep twentieth-century subject. Building on work of earlier mathematicians, they were able to develop sophisticated tools for solving difficult problems. All of Burnside's papers are reproduced here, organized chronologically and with a detailed bibliography. Walter Feit has contributed a foreword, and a collection of introductory essays are included to provide a commentary on Burnside's work and set it in perspective along with a modern biography that draws on archive material.

Review of Undergraduate Algebra: A First Course

Editorial review
Designed for second-year mathematics students, this book offers a modern, highly systematic approach to thoroughly familiarize students with the theory of rings, fields, vector spaces, and particularly with the techniques of matrix manipulation. In keeping the needs of the learner paramount, the author provides motivation at each difficult point and integrates a wide range of exercises into each chapter. The method is both strong in its presentation of linear algebra and relevant to computer science. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review of Introductory and Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Approach

Editorial review
This text is designed to provide an interactive learning experience between the learner and the exposition, annotated examples, art, and the exercises you will find within. The first book on the market to introduce a "learn as you go" approach by including practice exercises in the margins of the text, this best seller uses real-data applications to help apply mathematics to your everyday life. Concepts and skills learned as you progress through the text are revisited again and again in the form of cumulative reviews, skill maintenance exercises, and synthesis exercises to help you retain what you have learned and see how it all relates together. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review of Intermediate Algebra: Mathmax

Reviewed by a reader, from Maryland, United States
It's not an easy to use CD. (I even can't maximize the windows!)If you're IE user, don't buy this. It requires Netscape and the version included in this CD is 4.0. Check your ISP whether you can use IE or Netscape before you use this CD. Just the text is enough.

Review of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Graphs and Models

Editorial review
This text covers both elementary and intermediate algebra topics while eliminating the repetition of instruction inherent in using two separate texts. Bittinger and Barbara L. Johnson (both associated with Indiana U.), and David J. Ellenbogen (Community College of Vermont) present 12 chapters that open with an application illustrated with both technology windows and situational art. The included graphing calculator manual uses actual examples and exercises from the text and contains keystroke-level instruction for the Texas Instruments TI- 82/83+, TI-86, and TI-89.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Review of Intermediate Algebra: A Graphing Approach

Editorial review
Takes a graphing approach. Fully integrates graphing technology. Contents will match a standard course syllabi for intermediate algebra as it has typically been taught. DLC: Algebra.

Review of Introductory Algebra Student Edition 3-Hole Punchd

Reviewed by wolfladycg@yahoo.com, from maryland,usa
i need to help this chapter 1 so i not understand this book but i need you explain me this clear this chapter 1 about f(x)numbers. Please answer me to explain me this chapter 1 from algebraic, graphical, and trigonometric problem solving on mathematics in action. i need easily answer and explain this chapter 1 as for example. Thankss Christy Gasch


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