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1. Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching
2. Algebra Survival Guide: a Conversational
3. Algebra I For Dummies (For Dummies
4. Algebra Workbook For Dummies
5. McDougal Littell Algebra 2: Pupil's
6. Algebra 1
7. Algebra Survival Guide Workbook:
8. How to Solve Word Problems in
9. Painless Algebra (Barron's Painless)
10. A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra:
11. Schaum's Outline of Linear Algebra
12. Algebra: Structure and Method
13. The Humongous Book of Algebra
14. Hot X: Algebra Exposed
15. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
16. Algebra 2 Practice Workbook with
17. Algebra and Trigonometry: Structure
18. Algebra to Go: A Mathematics Handbook
19. Algebra II for Dummies W/Algebra
20. A Book of Abstract Algebra: Second

1. Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide, Second Edition
by Peter H. Selby, Steve Slavin
Paperback: 329 Pages (1991-02-14)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$9.89
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Asin: 0471530123
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Practical Algebra If you studied algebra years ago and now need a refresher course in order to use algebraic principles on the job, or if you’re a student who needs an introduction to the subject, here’s the perfect book for you. Practical Algebra is an easy and fun-to-use workout program that quickly puts you in command of all the basic concepts and tools of algebra. With the aid of practical, real-life examples and applications, you’ll learn:

  • The basic approach and application of algebra to problem solving
  • The number system (in a much broader way than you have known it from arithmetic)
  • Monomials and polynomials; factoring algebraic expressions; how to handle algebraic fractions; exponents, roots, and radicals; linear and fractional equations
  • Functions and graphs; quadratic equations; inequalities; ratio, proportion, and variation; how to solve word problems, and more
Authors Peter Selby and Steve Slavin emphasize practical algebra throughout by providing you with techniques for solving problems in a wide range of disciplines—from engineering, biology, chemistry, and the physical sciences, to psychology and even sociology and business administration. Step by step, Practical Algebra shows you how to solve algebraic problems in each of these areas, then allows you to tackle similar problems on your own, at your own pace. Self-tests are provided at the end of each chapter so you can measure your mastery. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars this book helps me to prepare my college admissiontest
This book helps me to prepare my college admissiontest
i strongly recommend to each on who ever want to resolve some math approach Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide, Second Edition

I bought this text to brush up on algebra on my way to studying more advanced math. I have one real complaint about this book, a complaint so egregious that I abandoned it in favorof the more user-friendly, "Algebra Survival Guide."

The problem is with the formatting of the text and the size of the print.The font chosen is so small, that reading the cluttered pages is depressing and maddening.Also, if I ran into a problem with a practice test, they would refer me back to a "frame" number--their word for paragraph.This meant I would have to find, without help the principle I apparently failed to understand. .

In sum, the text is poorly formatted--no large black section signs to lead the student forward--no feeling of a relationship between student and authors; nothing but cluttered pages.I have 20-20 vision, but gazing down at the cluttered page, my eyes grew tired--the number and syjmbols floating like wind-driven pollen all over the place. It's a an intmidating book, and not very user-friendly .The text lacks grace, color and liveliness, and is therefore unable lead the student forward with any amount of confidence.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily Confusing
I bought this book to help teach my fiance algebra before he starts school in the fall.It does cover everything BUT it the author seems to go out of his way to make everything more complicated than it really is.I wouldn't recommend it unless you already know algebra and are just looking for a review.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for reviewing or learning algebra
This book is absolutely excellent.Well written, step-by-step learning with excellent examples and format.Easy to learn.I didn't find one typo mistake.A rarity today.With forty years of training under my belt, you could not get a better source for learning algebra.

5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra
This book was a great help.It was very detailed and easy to understand. ... Read more

2. Algebra Survival Guide: a Conversational Guide for the Thoroughly Befuddled
by Josh Rappaport
Paperback: 288 Pages (1999-12-18)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.00
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Asin: 0965911381
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you think algebra has to be boring, confusing and unrelated to anything in the real world, think again! Written in a humorous, conversational style, this book gently nudges students toward success in pre-algebra and Algebra I. With its engaging question/answer format and helpful practice problems, glossary and index, it is ideal for homeschoolers, tutors and students striving for classroom excellence. It features funky icons and lively cartoons by award-winning Santa Fe artist Sally Blakemore, an Emergency Fact Sheet tear-out poster, and even an "Algebra Wilderness" board game guaranteed to help students steer clear of "Negatvieland"--and have fun.

The Algebra Survival Guide is the winner of a Paretns' Choice award, and it meets the Standards 2000 of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Its 12 content chapters tackle all the trickiest topics: Properties, Sets of Numbers, Order of Operations, Absolute Value, Exponents, Radicals, Factoring, Cancelling, Solving Equations, the Coordinate Plane and yes even those dreaded word problems. The Guide is loaded with practice problems and answers, and its 288 pages give students the boost they need in a style they'll enjoy to master the skills of algebra. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (52)

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality Study Aid
Okay, let me start off by saying that the first half of this book is very easy so I went over it quickly. The second half of the book is where I am rusty especially with the factoring. This book builds the foundation for algebra and soon as I finish it I plan on purchasing a more difficult algebra book that is more at the intermediate/college level. But for anyone needing to brush up on algebra 1 this book is outstanding. Its very easy to understand. I love these kind of books because I'm better at teaching myself than the teacher.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me pass
Great book! I bought this to help me brush up on my Algebra skills and test out of my college math placement. It worked. Very easy to follow. Author takes each problem step by step. Really helped me learn what I never really did while in high school. Btw I hate math and was able to keep returning to the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars For "mature" learner too
Last time I had algebra it was in high school, I didn't like it and it was a long time ago. I had to go back to the absolute beginning basics and this book really helped. Playful tone makes it much more approachable than the deadly dry textbook. Get the workbook too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra slayer.
Book arrived in a timely manner and is a good suppliment for all people who are beginners in or having difficulties with algebra.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK if you need a workbook, but its no textbook
Its a good book if you need lots of practice problems to do, but if like me your going back to college and need to LEARN algebra for the first time its not for you. ... Read more

3. Algebra I For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science))
by Mary Jane Sterling
Paperback: 384 Pages (2010-05-24)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$11.55
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Asin: 0470559640
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations

There's no doubt that algebra can be easy to some while extremely challenging to others. If you're vexed by variables, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides the plain-English, easy-to-follow guidance you need to get the right solution every time!

Now with 25% new and revised content, this easy-to-understand reference not only explains algebra in terms you can understand, but it also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems with confidence. You'll understand how to factor fearlessly, conquer the quadratic formula, and solve linear equations.

  • Includes revised and updated examples and practice problems
  • Provides explanations and practical examples that mirror today's teaching methods
  • Other titles by Sterling: Algebra II For Dummies and Algebra Workbook For Dummies

Whether you're currently enrolled in a high school or college algebra course or are just looking to brush-up your skills, Algebra I For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you friendly and comprehensible guidance on this often difficult-to-grasp subject. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (49)

1-0 out of 5 stars Editor -- proofread with someone who knows math, first.
I'm shocked.I've been impressed with the series but not this time.

I have three children, all in Algebra and all needing help.I went shopping for a supplemental text.I took a look at "Algebra I for Dummies" as a possible choice.I have other "for Dummies" books and like that this one comes with workbook.

I opened up the book to a random page and started reading.The page was on the greatest integer function.Their description was correct (greatest integer less than or equal to the value); however, the figures show the wrong result for a positive value ([3.8] = 4 if I remember correctly).I thought this was a simple typo until I noticed that the text attempts to justify it (BTW [3.8] = 3, not 4).

It would have been nice for the editor to send the book to someone who knows basic math.I tolerate typographic errors but not conceptual errors.I can't trust a tutorial that gets concepts wrong, even just one.I assume where one, many.

5-0 out of 5 stars For when you need to brush up fast...
I bought the book because I was testing to return to school. One of the subjects on the placement test was Algebra, a topic I had not studied since high school. That was many, many years ago, and with the help of this book, I reviewed and it was very helpful, very easy to follow. I had two weeks to study and when I took the test, I passed the Algebra portion along with the rest of the test. I would definitely recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for my purposes
I needed a quick refresher because I am job hunting and this sometimes comes up on interviews due to my occupation.I havent had to use this type of math for quite a while though.I dont disagree however with some reviewers who have complained that the material is not really written for beginners. I had to struggle with much of the book and had to go over certain chapters more than once. Also, there isn't nearly enough explanation of certain key concepts. You are expected, for example, to accept that a complicated equation is an equation with a power no greater than 2 in which the equation is set to equal zero. However the accompanying workbook was a great help; in fact, there is just enough explanation of each concept in each chapter of the workbook that I could almost recommendbuying the workbook as well as the main textbook. In the end, though it was a struggle at times, I was able to teach myself algebra from this book, and was able to take my placement exam with a passing grade. Like some other commenters. I bought this book because I am looking for a new job 2 years after leaving my prior one, and was advised that I should be ready to answer questions on it. I was panicked, because I was never a strong math student and haven't taken a math class in more than 20 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Algerbra1 for Dummies
Bought for a friend, but I have many different Dummy books and love all them.

5-0 out of 5 stars books
I ordered "Algebra I for Dummies" and it arrived on time and in better condition than I expected.I would be happy to buy from you again. ... Read more

4. Algebra Workbook For Dummies
by Mary Jane Sterling
Paperback: 320 Pages (2005-06-03)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$9.52
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Asin: 0764584677
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Problem topics can include improper numbers, grouping symbols, using proportions, rationalizing fractions, multiplying and factoring expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, working with inequalities, and using formulas in story problems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra I Workbood for Dummies
Both books by Sterling are excellent for anyone wanting to study algebra.But it is obviously necessary to have both books, Algebra 1 and the Workbook in order to get full benefit.Without the exercises in the workbook, it is impossible to know if you really "get it" or not. The books build skills in a logical sequence.I wish I'd had these two books back in high school.I could have mastered the subject on my own!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good review if you have to refer back to Algebra down the road. HAS ERRORS.
I am currently in College and had to review for a math placement test, so I bought this book. I'm not going to go in detail, it all works.

There is one error I found though. The distance formula is wrong. Instead of:

(x2 - x1)^2 + (y2 - y1)^2 !!!RIGHT WAY!!!

the book has it as

(x1- x2)^2 + (y1 - y2)^2 !!!WRONG WAY!!!

I have yet to take the exam, and my results will provide the better review.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful in class
I would purchase from this seller again and recommend. The item was delivered promptly and in the condition promised.

5-0 out of 5 stars A huge help!
I am returning to college after 15 years and I was very rusty on my algebra! This was an excellent tool to help me get refreshed and avoid college prep courses!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy to Understand Algebra
I haven't quite finished working through the book, but I can say right now this is the best workbook I've ever encountered.

What makes it especially great for me are several things.First, the examples and instruction are easy to follow.Second, there are plenty of practice problems to really get your feet wet.Third, the answers are very clear with their easy, logical step by step solutions.I also like the interjected humor spotted throughout the book.It just goes to show math is not that scary.Math is like climbing a ladder, you have to be secure on each step as you climb up.The view from the top is confidence. ... Read more

5. McDougal Littell Algebra 2: Pupil's Edition
by Ron Larson, Laurie Boswell, Timothy D. Kanold, Lee Stiff
Hardcover: Pages (2003-04)
list price: US$97.76 -- used & new: US$49.00
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Asin: 0618250204
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Almost new.
I love this this.

It was almost like new, even the cover was clean.

there isnt really a mark, not ripped papers or watsoever, it is perfect.

It seems like almost a brand new book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taking the weight off my kids back!
Back in the day when I attended school, I liked to buy an extra set of books to keep at home so I didn't have to haul the darned things back and forth from school.After lifting my kid's backpack stuffed with books, I decided it was time to implement my strategy once again.We decided to buy an extra set of text books, to eliminate that hassle and the need to haul all that weight around.Picked up this text, that was in excellent condition, for a very good price.Solved our problem, and I hope to sell it next year for about what I paid - either online or to kids taking the class next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars Never received order
Ordered my son's textbook 8/20 and after 3 attempts to contact the seller (Sept, 13, 15 and 16) with no reply I ended up filing a claim.Very disappointed with seller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Service
Order arrived promptly and the book was in decent shape. Will order future books from this book seller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is a great book to use in teaching Algebra 2. It begins with a little review from Algebra 1 and has many review problems from Algebra 1. It is very easy to understand, even for the student. ... Read more

6. Algebra 1
by Ron Larson
Paperback: Pages (2006-03-31)
list price: US$2.00 -- used & new: US$1.79
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Asin: 0618736948
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars The bookby itself is good,BUT how can anybody practice MATH without an answer key !!
Hi All,
I bought this book after reading a review that the practice book had answers at the back. It turned to be wrong...Please do not write wrong info, any1.
The book by itself is good for Algebra practice if the kid or whoever is learning it has an expert guide or teacher available offhand. Without the answer key, it would be impossible for a novice learner to ever know if he got the wrongor right answer!!
Go for the book if you are confident of your Algebra skills... I bought this book as a supplement with the original Textbook.... it is same chapter by chapter.I have some help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quick Service
My product arrived in great shape, just as the ad said. I am very pleased with the low price for such quality I received. The book arrived in just a few days and I had no problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, great condition
This book arrived within just a few days and its condition was even better than advertised.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text
It is a lucid book with excellent examples.It starts at the very beginning but spans a broad range of topics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra 1 Book Delivery
Fast Service, and it was packaged very carefully. It arrived in the same condition it was stated on the web-site. I give them 5 stars and would order from them again. ... Read more

7. Algebra Survival Guide Workbook: Thousands of Problems to Sharpen Skills and Enhance Understanding
by Josh Rappaport
Paperback: 96 Pages (2010-01-01)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$5.50
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Asin: 0965911373
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Following on the success of the Algebra Survival Guide, the Algebra Survival Guide Workbook presents thousands of practice problems (and their answers) to help children master algebra. The problems are keyed to the pages of the Algebra Survival Guide, so that children can find detailed instructions and then work the sets. Each problem set focuses like a laser beam on a particular algebra skill, then offers ample practice problems. Answers are conveniently displayed in the back. This book is for parents of schooled students, homeschooling parents and teachers. Parents of schooled children find that the problems give their children a "leg up" for mastering all skills presented in the classroom. Homeschoolers use the Workbook -- in conjunction with the Guide -- as a complete Algebra 1 curriculum. Teachers use the workbook's problem sets to help children sharpen specific skills -- or they can use the reproducible pages as tests or quizzes on specific topics. Like the Algebra Survival Guide, the Workbook is adorned with beautiful art and sports a stylish, teen-friendly design. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great suppliment for learning algebra.
My son will be starting high school and algebra this fall, but was left ill-prepared by the pre-algebra course he had in the 8th grade.Hopefully this book and it's accompanying workbook will get him up to speed by next month.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works for us!
So far, I like this workbook and the guidebook together.We bought the Survival Guide Handbook and the Workbook after my 7th grader got a C on his report card.We thought he could use the review and extra practice over the summer.As the adult step parent tutor, I was worried I forgot all my algebra but the Guide Handbook helped refresh my memory.I like that it's a different format from a textbook.Textbooks (from what I remember) tell you and explains.The Guidebook offers the information and lessons in a question and then answering format.The guidebook also shows possible misinterpretations such as, "Is -2^2 the same as -(2^2)?"
So far, we are on page 18, and I haven't found that many mistakes in the answer key like a previous reviewer suggested.Just one. (Page 14, #20).I got 10.5 but the answer key shows the answer is 15.Did I make a mistake?

For us, this book suits our purpose well.It is simple, to the point, addresses possible misinterpretations, and has a predictable question and answer format.A more advanced student may need further explanation, more word problem connections.The world problems are all in the back on the last 4 pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well
I used this to refresh for an college algebra course. I like that it reads like you have no clue and it's helping you learn from the bottom up. I got an A in the class so that speaks for itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best algebra guide on the market
Trust me when I say this the best Alegbra guide on the market.I know because I tried them all(no joke.)As an adult, who never had Algebra in high school, I was not prepared for it in college.And there are few college courses that go all the way back to the beginning, mine expected that you already had basic algebra fundamentals.The guide along with the workbook, actually replaced my textbook.The textbook was simply put, confusing, and unrelatable.The guide, and workbook were lifesavers for me.The clear, precise and easy to understand examples clarified much of what confused me.And associating all of the properties and laws to analogies worked liked a charm.In fact, I soon learned I knew th properties and laws better than my classmates and began using the analogies to explain them so they to could remember all the little tricks this guide taught me.My teenage son, who has struggled with Algebra, now has his own copies and wonders why his teachers have never thought to make it so easy to learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever
I'll bet a lot of mothers have hugged this author.

I'm a homeschooler with one boy in college and another in public high school. I'm also math challenged so teaching algebra was a nightmare and I felt that my very bright older boys suffered because of it (though they are now both near the top of their classes). I was fine with teaching basic math skills as I know exactly where math falls apart for most kids who learn to hate it. Algebra was an entirely different story. I simply didn't get it, and consequently, neither did my boys. What they did get was that algebra was a horrible subject that should be hated. This feeling was not on the list of things I wanted my sons to inherit from me.

I was determined that it would be better for my younger two and I went in search of a user friendly book that would break it down to manageable steps so that I could teach it effectively and they could master it comfortably.

Enter Algebra Survival Handbook and Workbook. Combined, these two are an unbeatable teaching tool. My third born (who dislikes math intensely) has grown confident enough to teach himself with only occasional help from me. When I do have to step in, I'm able to quickly scan the previous pages and explain what he's missing without feeling like I'm all thumbs. I am learning as much as he is.

Each lesson carefully builds on the concepts you learned previously, just a few problems at a time, with only one or two steps added. His "ohh this is so easy--watch this--" approach builds concepts in the student. He also admits when something is confusing and then goes on to make sure that the student doesn't stay that way.

If you are a homeschooler, you should add this tool to your arsenal.

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8. How to Solve Word Problems in Algebra, (Proven Techniques from an Expert)
by Mildred Johnson, Tim Johnson, Linus Johnson, Dean McRaine, Sheralyn Johnson
Paperback: 196 Pages (2000-08-05)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$5.95
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Asin: 0071343075
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Solving word problems has never been easier than with Schaum's How to Solve Word Problems in Algebra!

This popular study guide shows students easy ways to solve what they struggle with most in algebra: word problems. How to Solve Word Problems in Algebra, Second Edition, is ideal for anyone who wants to master these skills. Completely updated, with contemporary language and examples, features solution methods that are easy to learn and remember, plus a self-test. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra for Leaners
This is a great little book: good examples, to the point, explanations are clear.
Word problems organized by type or category.
I have used this book with many tutored students, helping them get over the fear of word problems, showing them the few manageable techniques for solving all word problems, and helping them build self confidence.
I have even given this book as a gift to several people, because solving word problems can be a fun passtime.Wish I had written it.


5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Practice
My beginning algebra teacher recommended this book as a way to become comfortable with word problems.I worked through the book over two weeks and by the end I was not daunted by word problems anymore, in fact, they became fun puzzles.The explanations are light-hearted and to the point.

5-0 out of 5 stars I would give this 10 stars if I could!
I am studying for the OAT QR section and this book is a godsend. If you have no confidence in your math skills especially when it comes to word problems, this book will solve all your problems (no pun intended)! Each chapter addresses a specific problem type and thoroughly presents different variations of the same exact problem. It has plenty of practice problems for you to hone your new skills and detailed, step-by-step answers at the end of each chapter.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book for learning algebra word problems
I baught this book for my son and he is a 7th Grader. My son could have easily read and learned the book by himself but to support him I read and learned solving problems with him.

I wish this kind of book was available when I was in Jr.High/High school. Word problems have been simplified and categorized in such a way that you will not forget the solution approach for the rest of your life.

Thanks to writers for writing this book.


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is an excellent book on how to solve all of the common algebra word problems, such as mixture, distance, coin, and age problems, etc.There are numerous examples of each type of problem.What is really great is that the author shows you how to model the problems with easy to understand diagrams.It would be hard to find a better written book in my opinion. ... Read more

9. Painless Algebra (Barron's Painless)
by Lynette Long Ph.D.
Paperback: 304 Pages (2006-08-01)
list price: US$9.99 -- used & new: US$0.98
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Asin: 0764134345
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For students who are intimidated by all forms of math, here is a set of easy steps that lead to an understanding of elementary algebra. The author defines all terms, points out potential pitfalls in algebraic calculation, and makes problem solving a fun activity. New in this edition are painless approaches to understanding and graphing linear equations, solving systems of linear inequalities, and graphing quadratic equations.

Barron's popular Painless Series of study guides for middle school and high school students offer a lighthearted, often humorous approach to their subjects, transforming details that might once have seemed boring or difficult into a series of interesting and mentally challenging ideas. Most titles in the series feature many fun-to-solve "Brain Tickler" problems with answers at the end of each chapter. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Painless Algebra
Tried other resources, by far this is simplest. Even purchased a second one for my niece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Painless Algebra is cool
My son has had difficulties in doing his Algebra lessons and I can't help because I never understood math....this book made each Algebra equation easy enough for even me to understand....very good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book!!Highly recommended
After a nearly 10 year hiatus - yikes - I am finally returning to college to finish my undergrad.While in high school and college I was NEVER able to grasp Math.Now that I am returning to college and found myself anxiously prepping for a "Math Placement Test", I scrabbled like no other to buy as many Math self help books as possible.With that said, this book was 1 out of 3 books that I purchased and is the BEST book by far!!I only wish I was equipped with this book in high school and college. This book has been a wonderful help and I am feeling more confident than ever in my abilities to understand math - although it will never be a love of mine :)

BTW - I purchased Basic Math & Pre-Algebra for Dummies and Its workbook. After reading a few chapters, I jumped to Barron's Painless Algebra and never went back to any other book.If you are looking to go back to school or need Algebra 101 for any other reasons, this is definitely a fantastic start to obtain that basic core knowledge.Also, after purchasing these books on amazing, I randomly looked for Math help books at local book stores.On the random occasion I saw any appropriate books, they were 3 times the price of any amazon book and had little selection to choose from.

Hope this review helps!

2-0 out of 5 stars Memorize Shortcuts - Comprehend Nothing
The author reduces algebra to a bunch of simplistic formulas to memorize. While this may get a student through the test tomorrow it does nothing to further true mastery or comprehension of the material that will allow them to grow with mathematics or apply the material when presented differently than the author of this books presents it.

The thought that this book was suggested by my son's pre-algebra teacher makes me nauseated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Easy for the beginner or as a refresher
I loved the painless series for Math Word problems I bought in 1997 so much I kept it. I'm just as impressed with the Painless Algebra,so I bought the Geometry and Life Science books too. This series is written in layman terms,is condensed, an easy read, even for those who have never had a course in any of the above.It's also small enough to carry with you for on the go reference. I wish I had this before failing Algebra three times. Not one of my school text books explained the subjects so clearly, provided plenty of examples worked out step by step,than provided exercises with answers for the reader to do. I'm building an educational reference library for a now fourth grader who can also understand the books.In a word Excellent.Painless Algebra (Barron's Painless) ... Read more

10. A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra: Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1
by Rong Yang
Paperback: 360 Pages (2010-01-25)
list price: US$19.50 -- used & new: US$12.39
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Asin: 0965435229
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It provides a clear summary and outline in algebra. Each topic begins with concepts, formulas, and problem-solvingsteps, followed by well-designed examples.

There are 18,000 examples and exercises in this book-7,000are real-life word problems modeled after typical questionson standardized tests that are given across the United States. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for learning algrebra
Got this book to help my 13 year old get some more exercise at algebra.Lots of problems to work through, which is just what she needed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good workbook BAD text book.
This book is only good if you need lots of practice problems to do. If you need to LEARN Algebra this IS NOT the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, Great Service
the book is very well laid out and is great for homeschooling. It teaches math simply and provides lots of exercises and examples. All the concept are explained clearly and thoroughly. Also it integrates geometry in the lessons so this would be fine to use to teach 7th and 8th (and maybe 6th).
The book arrived 1 day after we ordered and in the condition described.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a last minet workbook
I had to finnish this over my summer vacation which would have been more accomplishable, but I had no clue I had anything to do until the last week, (I moved schools) which did not end well when I saw that some pages had 80 to 100 questions. My advise to future buyers- give yourself time! A lot of the info is basic math anyway, like fractions.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome!
I needed help brushing up on mathand algebra skills and this book helped me pass my competency test. I am so grateful for it. ... Read more

11. Schaum's Outline of Linear Algebra Fourth Edition (Schaum's Outline Series)
by Seymour Lipschutz, Marc Lipson
Paperback: 432 Pages (2008-08-26)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$10.75
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Asin: 007154352X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Schaum's has Satisfied Students for 50 Years.

Now Schaum's Biggest Sellers are in New Editions!

For half a century, more than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them study faster, learn better, and get top grades. Now Schaum's celebrates its 50th birthday with a brand-new look, a new format with hundreds of practice problems, and completely updated information to conform to the latest developments in every field of study.

Schaum's Outlines-Problem Solved

More than 500,000 sold!

Linear algebra is a foundation course for students entering mathematics, engineering, and computer science, and the fourth edition includes more problems connected directly with applications to these majors. It is also updated throughout to include new essential appendices in algebraic systems, polynomials, and matrix applications.

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5-0 out of 5 stars To the point, rigorous, inexpensive
I cannot tolerate books that beat round the bush or dumb things down. I value rigor and directness. That's why I love Schaums outline series. I used this book before taking classes in Econometrics, and learnt a lot in very little time, thanks to the direct style of this book. Thanks a lot, Schaums series.

5-0 out of 5 stars It makes linear algebra easier if you are learning it in a class
So, I did not have this book while taking linear algebra, but I now wish I did.You see, I let my girlfriend borrow it for her class, and now, despite the fact that we've broken up since then, she still has the book and tells me it is saving her life.I did look through the book before letting her use it, and it seems to be a great,fairly comprehensive outline of linear algebra (go figure from the title, eh?).You will need a math-ish background to be able to follow the concepts presented, so I recommend this for use in a class or as a reference, but not so much as a "first time" study aide.However with all the worked examples it provides (and a little gumption) you could still learn a lot about linear algebra even without much of a math-background.It will be, almost certainly, much easier to understand than your typical text book.I would put in a word of caution, though, if you are planning to lend it to your girlfriend...

4-0 out of 5 stars Good revision book, quite a few errors
First of all, this book helped me get 97% in my linear algebra test!

Heaps of practice problems, good explanations, but quite a few errors (minor).

Get it if you're struggling with linear algebra.

3-0 out of 5 stars just okay
It's a good study tool when used as a supplement to a class or another textbook. The problems are chosen well, the only problem is the book is riddled with errors. Fortunately, they adequately explain their solutions enough that you can go back and verify that they are the ones making the error. Overall I recommend it for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I found this book to be very helpful.
Pros: Excellent as a supplement or even as a text. Lots of worked out problems, some are even proofs of theorms.The explanations are to the point and easy to understand.Good for math, physics or engineering undergrad majors.There is enough material for 1.5 undergrad semesters of Linear Algebra. Very appropriate for math GRE subject test review.
Cons: none
This book does not have the abstract algebra style, so not for math graduate school.
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12. Algebra: Structure and Method Book 1
by Richard G. Brown
Hardcover: Pages (1999-01)
list price: US$92.96 -- used & new: US$49.47
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Asin: 0395977223
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good College Prep Book on Algebra
I bought this book to help my 12 year old daughter with her first class in algebra. I highly recommend it. I was able tutor my daughter without having to spend a lot of time explaining concepts, this book did that for me. Algebra: Structure and Method Book 1, while starting with the basic foundations, gets right into the harder structure of algebra and does not just glance over the concepts. This book will get you ready for college courses. Algebra: Structure and Method Book 1, is being used by our high school and one class at our middle school.

1-0 out of 5 stars The WORST SELLER EVER STAY AWAY!!!!!
I ordered a book from this seller and paid for 2 day shipping on September 2nd, 2010 and today is September 10th, 2010 and I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY BOOK!!!!!!Stay away from this company...buy from somebody else!

Also emailed them several times and they won't even reply!!

5-0 out of 5 stars great textbook
This is a classic and a great one.I used this textbook 15 years ago for an 8th grade Algebra 1 class and just starting using it again.I love it!It is Algebra I, no fancy stuff, no additional lessons thrown in for I'm not sure what reason.It is sequential, concise, challenging--but not too much, and well written.The only thing I can see being a negative now is the lack of graphing calculator exercises or projects. I'm just going to find some to add to the course.

I love this book and hope it is around for another 15 years!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Brief on Explanations
I've been going through this book page by page for the last seven months with my child (who is a straight A student) and we both find this book to be very short on explanations. IF you're using this book just for practice problems in conjunction with classroom teaching, then the textbook would be fine. I find that there is very little in the way of explanations, and what explanations of concepts that is present, is very brief and less than clear. The book does have a lot of practice problems (1/2 of which have the answer in the back).

5-0 out of 5 stars Rigorous and complete
This book is a comprehensive algebra 1 course despite the implications of the words "Book 1" in its title.You can use it for self-instruction, because the answers to the odd-numbered problems are given at the back of the book -- and there are lots of problems.It is also a great source of supplementary material for students who are taking algebra 1 in school.Supplementary material is necessary because most algebra 1 courses these days are "dumbed down."The District of Columbia Public Schools, for example, uses a book (ISBN 0618250182) that has been stripped of traditional problems that show students the power of algebra -- "work problems," "mixture problems," "age problems" and so on.And it has been stripped of difficult problems in all of the topics that remain.The book under review here covers the traditional topics and has difficult problems in all topics.The book would be good for a differentiated course, because the problems in each section are grouped into three levels of difficulty, labeled A, B and C.

-- Jeff Schmidt, Washington, D.C. (e-mail: jeffschmidt at alumni.uci.edu)

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13. The Humongous Book of Algebra Problems: Translated for People Who Don't Speak Math
by W. Michael Kelley
Paperback: 576 Pages (2008-07-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$8.64
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Asin: 1592577229
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When the numbers just don’t add up…

Following in the footsteps of the successful The Humongous Books of Calculus Problems, bestselling author Michael Kelley has taken a typical algebra workbook, and made notes in the margins, adding missing steps and simplifying concepts and solutions. Students will learn how to interpret and solve problems as they are typically presented in algebra courses—and become prepared to solve those problems that were never discussed in class but always seem to find their way onto exams.

• Annotations throughout the text clarify each problem and fill in missing steps needed to reach the solution, making this book like no other algebra workbook on the market
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I'm not enrolled in a math course right now but have been wanting to practice my math skills.I really love how each chapter sort of builds on a simple problem gradually making it harder.It is one of the few times that I could actually do the complicated problems without having to read the explanations.It does explain the problems with the regular mathematical jargon you would normally see but it has footnotes that explain it in simpler terms, which I actually appreciate.My only complaint is that I would have liked more practice problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me pass my College Algebra class.
I loved this book, it does have a creative way of showing you and telling you how to do problems. I needed a book like this really bad, because usually i am not good at doing math like most people. This book helps out alot and it is worth your money if you are taking beginner college math classes.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this book!
Do not waste your money on this book!
I purchased this book because of the high rating and because of the "translated for people who don't speak math" tag on the front cover. Both are misleading.
I'm not sure how this book received so many 5 star ratings unless they are from friends of the author. The book is horrible. I have a bit of a background in algebra. I've been self teaching for about a year and a half. When I purchased this book I was having trouble with logarithms. None ofthe books I was currently using went into the amount of detail I needed. I couldn't believe how lost and confused I became while studying the section on logarithmic functions. So I decided to look through sections of the book which covered topics I already understood. Even though I already understood the material I had trouble following the patterns and logic of the instructions. Mr. Kelley does not have a gift for teaching. His explanations are muddled and his methods are bewildering. I half-joked to myself on several occasions while trying to study this book that Kelley must have been drunk or high while writing it. That is the feel the book has, as if it were written in a state of mild inebriation.
As for the implication that the book uses everyday English, that's not true at all. There is just as much jargon in this book as there is in any other algebra book you've ever used.
If you, or your child, truly needs help with algebra this book should be avoided at all costs. It is confusing and frustrating enough to inspire a life long contempt for algebra.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good review book for those who did well in math and needs a refresher
I found this book to be very easy to read and follow. I was always good in math way back when I was in school, but I am currently retired and assisting students with their math in a community homework center. This is a great refresher book for me. But I do want to say that I have caught a few errors in the computation of some of the math problem examples in this book- this may throw some people off who are not quite sure of their math abilities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now I get it!
I'm good at math but bad teachers made me hate algebra since high-school. I hated carrying that trauma around so I decided to learn algebra and prove to myself that there was nothing to be afraid of. From page one I started going "Oh, now I get it!". The book is wonderfully laid, clear explanations, definitions that make sense, clues and tips everywhere... and many problems to solve until you get it! ... Read more

14. Hot X: Algebra Exposed
by Danica McKellar
Hardcover: 417 Pages (2010-08-03)
list price: US$26.95 -- used & new: US$13.88
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Asin: 1594630704
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar tackles the toughest math class yet: Algebra!

In her two bestselling books, Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace middle school math-and actually feel cool while doing it!

Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, Hot X: Algebra Exposed tackles algebra: the most feared of all math classes and the most common roadblock to high school graduation. McKellar instantly puts her readers at ease, showing teenage girls-and anyone taking algebra-how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master topics like square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems and more . . . without breaking a sweat (or a nail).

Danica provides illuminating, step-by-step math lessons combined with reader favorites like personality quizzes, popular doodles, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life, so girls feel like she's sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to higher grades and higher test scores. Now, with Hot X: Algebra Exposed, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars There Is Help For Algebra
my granddaughter was having trouble with Algebra, so I bought her the Book "Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra" by Danica McKellar.My granddaughter said she liked the book and she would love to get Danica's new Algebra book, "Hot X: Algebra Exposed", when it came out.When I saw it here on Amazon, I just had to order it for her.I am sure that the book "HotX Algebra Exposed" will help her because it is written in a way that makes algebra more fun and easier to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars A title highly recommended for any middle to high school or general lending library!
Hot X: Algebra Exposed comes from an actress and math genius who shows students how to ace algebra. This is more than your traditional math review: it uses sassy, sparkling language and easy step-by-step instructions to explain math and relate it to the real world. Students stuck on square roots, word problems and more receive a peppering of the actress' own math encounters in a title highly recommended for any middle to high school or general lending library!

5-0 out of 5 stars BOOK
I brought this book for my daughter this summer who is going to the 7th grade. She loves it & can't keep her hands off. She told me that it helps here alot as there are problems in the book. This book costs about $20, compare to a math tutor, this is a bargin..

1-0 out of 5 stars the "promised" solutions are not on the "promised" website
I was so excited to receive this book and start working through it, however, my enthusiasm quickly diminished when I looked for the "promised" fully worked-out solutions via her website and found that none are available but are "coming soon".The school year just started and I had heard that her books could really help, but without the supplemental pieces, I'm not getting the help that was so "promised".I would have bought a different book had I known I wouldn't have access to what I really needed in order to learn.VERY disappointing...

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot X Algebra Exposed
Excellent book. I bought two copies. One for my granddaughter and one for myself. Great information and advice for young people. ... Read more

15. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra, 2nd Edition
by W. Michael Kelley
Paperback: 336 Pages (2007-07-03)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$6.00
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Asin: 1592576486
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Just the facts (and figures) to understanding algebra.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Algebra has been updated to include easier-to-read graphs and additional practice problems. It covers variations of standard problems that will assist students with their algebra courses, along with all the basic concepts, including linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, conic sections, discrete math, word problems and more.

—Written in an easy-to-comprehend style to make math concepts approachable
—Award-winning math teacher and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Calculus and the bestselling advanced placement book in ARCO’s "Master" series ... Read more

Customer Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a general review of algebra
I graduated from college a few years ago, but I'm currently taking night classes to earn a pre-medical studies diploma so I can apply to vet school. One of the big requirements for veterinary school is at least 2 semesters of college math--something I didn't have from my undergrad experience. So I decided to start off my night classes with Precalculus and move up to Calculus.

But there was a flaw in my plan: I hadn't taken math since high school and had forgotten most of what I had learned.

Enter "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra". I decided on this book because it combines both Algebra I and Algebra II into one tome. The author keeps his tone friendly and funny and I found myself remembering a lot more than I thought I would. There aren't an abundance of practice problems, but there are 2 problems for each "concept" (1 guided and 1 to do on your own). That was more than enough for me.

This is a great book if, like me, you've already taken Algebra at some point but it was years ago. You remember a lot more than you think!

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most important purchase of my life....?
I actually used to be bad at math. I managed to pass all my courses through middle school and got mediocre grades, but mostly because I did well on all the soft grades (projects, HW graded for completeness, etc.). When I got to high school my poor math skills were catching up with me, and I knew it. Passing Algebra I Honors with a seventy-something and failing several tests, I finally came across this book and dove into it when I came down with a cold and took a few days off from school. After this book I suddenly understood algebra much better and gradually over the next two years math became my best subject. This was all pretty important for me because I had planned to major in physics for a long time, and if it wasn't for this book I may never have caught up and gotten the math background I needed. It's strange to think of where I might be now if this book had never been written.

As for the book, the clarity is excellent. You will not find proofs here, but expect plenty of heuristics and analogies designed for the troubled algebra beginner. Practice problems are sparse, but problem sets from other sources (even the textbook!) will be much more accessible after reading this book. If I could give this book more than five stars......

5-0 out of 5 stars SUPER
I stink at math, its totally a foreign language to me. I am currently trying to teach myself algebra so that I can forgo the elementary algebra and intermediate algebra before doing college algebra and my other math classes. So far out of ALL of the books I have purchased (A total of 9) THIS BOOK REALLY EXPLAINS things and makes me feel GOOD that I am actually GETTING MATH for the first time since middle school. I would definitely recommend this book to those who ARE having a hard time with math, just learning math, or revisiting math. I have yet to finish the book, but so far, it ROCKS!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had this book back in High School
I've always struggled with math.From grade school through college, math has clouded my academic life.I held my own in Geometry, but Algebra, Trig, and Calculus were like a 3-volume mystery with half the pages missing.It was all simply incomprehensible.It didn't "click" for me--made no sense.No math teacher could penetrate my thick skull.

I was a "C" math student in high school and college, mostly due to charity from my instructors.I really didn't deserve to pass.I just wrote math off as impossible and went on with my life.Now as a military retiree enjoying a second career as a technical instructor, I feel I should have at least some grasp of math.Is it too late for me?Am I too old?I thought so until I started reading this little book.

What a breath of fresh air!My high school and college experiences would have been MUCH less stressful if someone had explained Algebra to me the way this book has.The humor is silly--the jokes are beyond corny.Yet the informal tone completely deflates the menace of Algebra.Math texts always seemed sinister to me--as unknowable as a book of voodoo spells.By contrast, "The Complete Idiot's Guide..." is about as menacing as the funny papers.The author chats about Algebra topics and techniques the way I might chat about football scores--as though it's no big deal.

And it isn't a big deal.Once I cracked the cover, I was solving & graphing equations within a couple of hours.More importantly, I understood what I was doing and why.That was a totally new experience.I went through a third of the book in two days, and I correctly solved every practice problem.I can't wait to get to the rest of it.That's new too.I've never, EVER looked forward to a math lesson before.So should you buy this book?Maybe.It isn't for everybody.

If you are a skilled or even average math student, you probably don't need it.If you are a highly effective math teacher--ditto.However, if you are a math tutor or a teacher struggling with tough cases (guys like me, for example) you really need to see the author's angle on Algebra instruction.If you are a "weak swimmer" like me, you absolutely should buy a copy.If you have been out of school a long time and you need a quick refresher, this book's a natural.If your own kids are struggling with Algebra and you don't know how to help them, this is how to help them!

Like my title says: I sure wish I'd had this book when I was in High School.

4-0 out of 5 stars All I needed
This book pretty much taught me everything I know about algebra, which is enough to pass a CLEP test.Good examples, clean explanations and balanced coverage of algebra concepts and topics.One criticism that I have is really more a matter of style points... while Mr. Kelley has obviously devoted much of his life to mathematics, he frequently writes negatively about it in what I feel is a blatant attempt to appeal to the likely demographic of reader for this book.Well, I don't like someone telling me how boring or lame a subject is, especially when I have to learn it. ... Read more

16. Algebra 2 Practice Workbook with Examples
by Ron Larson
Paperback: Pages (2000-03)
list price: US$2.08 -- used & new: US$1.43
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Asin: 0618020349
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra 2 Practice Workbook with Examples
I was not even aware that this book existed. Found it on Amazon and it matches perfectly with the course. Great price, quick shipping

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful workbook
I bought this workbook to use with students I am tutoring over the summer.Each page in the workbook has an example on it followed by a few problems.(The number of practice problems varies depending on the topic.For example, one page has students write and graph three inequalities to solve a word problem; this page only had the one problem to solve.)The book's format is perfect for my students because they can refer to the example if they have forgotten how to work the problems, and the number of problems is small enough that they don't feel overwhelmed (especially since they are on summer break!).

1-0 out of 5 stars No solutions.Book is a waste
How is one to know they are learning/progressing if they can not check their solutions? This book is a waste.Now i've got to buy something that has the solutions.

5-0 out of 5 stars algebra 2 workbook
Workbook was brand new, came in the time promised and was exactly what we wanted!

3-0 out of 5 stars algebra 2 practice work book withexamples
I did buy algebra 2 book and practic work books and i did mentioned to seller including the book number but unfortunately i got different textbook that doesnot match with the work book.Now i don't know what to do with the two different books i.e work book and algebra 2 text book
if you have any suggestion please let me know
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17. Algebra and Trigonometry: Structure and Method Book 2
by Richard G. Brown
Hardcover: Pages (1999-01)
list price: US$97.64 -- used & new: US$74.95
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Asin: 0395977258
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Bad service
The book never arrived to my house. NEVER¡ No email no phone calls to explain anything. I was really desappointed with the service.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
This book arrived very fast, in only 3 days. Although there were some pencil marks inside, it was in good condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book-no need for a teacher!
I used this textbook last year for my Algebra II class. I personally loved this book. It had very good, worked-examples in each section that were exactly the same as the practice problems given. Most textbooks start out with some information explaining what is going on, and then the student is just supposed to put the pieces together on how to do the problems, whereas the examples in this book show the student exactly how to do the problems. My algebra teacher was not very good, and while she did work out examples on the board for the class, they just never made sense. By the end of the year, I stopped even listening to her lessons and I just did the problems in the book on my own. I made an A in the class, and even though math is one of my weaker subjects, I think I learned enuogh to do fine on the SAT and ACT.

However, my teacher disliked this book. She said that it really needed to include more graphing, and that it was outdated.

To each his own, I guess. I definitely think that its many clearly layed out examples helped me.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is just GREAT for its price!
It looks kind of old but actually it's pretty new and there is almost no notes inside!
It's supper cheap for its quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible speed!!
I made the order and it arrived the next day!! The school gave me the wrong book title and my son was panicking about not having the book in-time for some due dates for homework. The book arrived in beautiful condition, exactly as the seller had described. I've ordered all of his books on-line this year and this arrived before a book I ordered back in August!! Thanks!! ... Read more

18. Algebra to Go: A Mathematics Handbook (Math Handbooks)
by Great Source Education Group Staff
Hardcover: 523 Pages (2006-01-01)
list price: US$29.90 -- used & new: US$17.89
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Asin: 0669471526
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Algebra To Go is a unique new handbook designed to help demystify algebra for students. Modeled after the Math On Call handbook, Algebra To Go is a student-friendly resource that covers key and often complex math topics in a way that's clear and easily understandable for students - from numeration and number theory to estimation, linear and non-linear equations, geometry, and data analysis. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
My son needed this book for his Algebra class.It was in excellent condition for being used.Would recommend this to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Parents - you MUST get this book!
If you are a parent of a 5th-9th grade child learning algebra...you MUST get this book! It has helped my child, independently, learn their algebra in a different, easy-to-understand language. When I've had to further assist - I understood exactly.

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous reference book
I can't say enough good things about the "math on call series" -- I'm a parent who has had these books in the house since my daughter was in fifth grade.We keep them with the school supplies for her reference when she is doing math homework.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars WWJR? Algebra To Go, probably.
This book is a great home reference guide for Algebra and pre-algebra, and especially if your child is ahead of the class and needs to self-teach new concepts.
WWJR? I think He would read this book, if he needed any algebra help. It explains math terms and concepts well enough for an "old style math" parent to help with homework.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1st yr. College Student
Bravo! Easy & understandable format would highly recommend for 1st yr. college Freshman Algebra I.This Fall the book will be by my side along with my Algebra I book. ... Read more

19. Algebra II for Dummies W/Algebra II Workbook for Dummies
by Mary Jane Sterling
Paperback: Pages (2008-08-18)
list price: US$29.99 -- used & new: US$17.83
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Asin: 0470430982
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Besides being an important area of math for everyday use, algebra is a passport to studying subjects like calculus, trigonometry, number theory, and geometry, just to name a few. To understand algebra is to possess the power to grow your skills and knowledge so you can ace your courses and possibly pursue further study in math.

Algebra II For Dummies is the fun and easy way to get a handle on this subject and solve even the trickiest algebra problems. This friendly guide shows you how to get up to speed on exponential functions, laws of logarithms, conic sections, matrices, and other advanced algebra concepts. In no time you’ll have the tools you need to:

  • Interpret quadratic functions
  • Find the roots of a polynomial
  • Reason with rational functions
  • Expose exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Cut up conic sections
  • Solve linear and non-linear systems of equations
  • Equate inequalities
  • Simplify complex numbers
  • Make moves with matrices
  • Sort out sequences and sets

This straightforward guide offers plenty of multiplication tricks that only math teachers know. It also profiles special types of numbers, making it easy for you to categorize them and solve any problems without breaking a sweat. When it comes to understanding and working out algebraic equations, Algebra II For Dummies is all you need to succeed! Add nearly 290 pages full of hundreds of practice equations and answers in Algebra II Workbook For Dummies, and you’re sure to understand this math before you know it!

 AUTHOR BIO: Mary Jane Sterling is a lecturer in mathematics at Bradley University, where she teaches courses in algebra and calculus.  She is the author of several For Dummies mathematics guides.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Perfect book for a self starter.I checked it out at a local bookstore and found it on Amazon at a bargain price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for refreshing and learning algebra II
This is a great set of books for anyone wanting to understand algebra and taking it one step futher. Great for brushing up before heading off to college. You can either read through the book then work in the workbook or work in the workbook and refer to the book for explanations. The workbook has the answers at the end of each chapter with explainations of how the answers were solved. ... Read more

20. A Book of Abstract Algebra: Second Edition
by Charles C Pinter
Paperback: 400 Pages (2010-01-14)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.99
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Asin: 0486474178
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Accessible but rigorous, this outstanding text encompasses all of the topics covered by a typical course in elementary abstract algebra. Its easy-to-read treatment offers an intuitive approach, featuring informal discussions followed by thematically arranged exercises. This second edition features additional exercises to improve student familiarity with applications. 1990 edition.
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Customer Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Getting to know Abstract Algebra
I am in a abstract algebra class and am using this book along side my text.Unlike my text the book explains the ideas behind the mathematics involved and gives relevant examples of what it is talking about.It does not follow my book exactly in order, but it does have a section on all the topics in the book.I would suggest using this book along (or instead of) side of any text on abstract algebra.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to abstract algebra
I fully agree with the comments of the previous reviewers. This introductory book on abstract algebra is simply superb.
The author uses a discursive language, pretty unusual for a book of this type but extremely effective. While going through this book, you have the impression not of reading a textbook but of "listening" to the author talking to you.
I am not a professional mathematician, and therefore I don't feel entitled to judge about its mathematical rigor but I have read and studied similar textbooks on the subject (like Fraleigh and Gallian) and the clarity of this book surpasses them all.
The author provides lots of exercises and some worked out solutions.
Definitively this is my strongest recommendation for a book on this subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb clarity
The fluent style and abundant examples make it accessible for practically anyone interested. Highly recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down the best written book on introductory abstract algebra
This is an excellent book on abstract algebra that makes the transition into this difficult area
as painless as possible. As a engineer who was forced to learn group theory, I looked in at least 50 books
on this subject (another good choice is
Groups and Their Graphs by Grossman)
and Pinter's treatment was the most user friendly treatment I came across.
Also, this book is in no way dumbed-down as it covers similar ground as Fraleigh's well-known text and goes all the way through Galois Theory.

I have no doubt that most physicists and applied scientists would
also love the style of this book. However, ivory tower mathematics types might put their nose up at the
way Pinter develops the material.
Specifically, this book goes to great lengths to show the scaffolding behind the ideas and proofs. Concrete
examples and toy problems are given without apology.
As a result, the
mathematicsis brought alive and not depicted as cold and detached theorem proving. This book actually
is a perfect response to the snobby elitism exuded by many
advanced math texts.Overall, this book is a model of good mathematics texbook writing.My highest recommendation.

One final comment regarding the dover edition of this text -I would also recommend trying to dig up a used hardcover version of the 2nd edition.
The dover edition is typeset in very small print and is hard to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let this book be the one that got away...
Each class I've taken as a grad student, I've gone a little overboard buying all sorts of books on the subject matter. I like that each author has a unique style and approach.

In abstract algebra, there are the standards (Dummit, Hungerford, etc). These are the more down-and-dirty texts. They're good. They're thorough. They're rigorous. They do the job quite well if you already have some familiarity with the subject.

Then there are the older, cheaper books, like Deskins. It's alright. Some people nay-say it, but whatever: it's cheap and is one more voice to add to the choir.

Pinter, though, reads like a novel---and not in a cheesy way. As I waited for a friend in Barnes and Noble, I half-heartedly picked it up to skim through it... The introduction hooked me--it sums up what lies ahead like a movie trailer, leaving one mad to find out the whole story. Some might shrug this book off as a lowly"undergraduate" book, but if this is the case, you're missing out on the one author who has been able to deftly convey just how inspiring this subject really is. No other book has convinced me of the power of abstract algebra like this book.

Will it be the only book you read on the subject? If it is, then it was a good choice.

Having experience with the more standard tomes out there, there is the chance that I think this reads like a novel and is "so good" because I am familiar with the material. But, seriously, this is the kind of book that you're lucky to stumble across, whoever you are: a math nerd, physics geek, bio dweeb, or chem freak. This book will, at the least, open your eyes to well-kept secrets of higher mathematics. ... Read more

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