Published: my edition is from 2011, but they have a 4th edition published in 2016
Genre: math textbook
Length: 297 pages
Summary: This book provides an introduction to algebra. It covers integers, solving equations with a single variable, solving inequalities, graphing equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations, exponents, roots, radicals, and the quadratic equation. For each section, the concept is introduced and several problems are worked through. The reader is shown tips and tricks, with common mistakes highlighted and rules clearly set aside from the text. Five to ten problems are provided per section, with the answers at the end of the chapter.
Final thoughts: I found that this book makes such an effort to be painless that the student doesn’t get enough practice on the concepts. There are lots of silly drawings and puns and it certainly doesn’t look like a typical textbook. It’s solid math, and covers a wide variety of basic algebra topics. However, I think it’s best used as a quick refresher of algebra or an introduction, with further details and practice provided in another book.
Title comes from: It’s part of the Painless series of books that purport to teach you math in a pain-free manner.
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