Subtitle: Expressions, Equations, and Applications
Published: originally in 1984; my edition in 1999; most recent edition in 2007
Genre: math textbook
Length: 721 pages total, 679 pages of text
Summary: This is your traditional math textbook. It introduces a topic, provides examples that are clearly worked through, and then provides a series of exercises to practice the topic. Each of the exercises starts with oral practice, so the instructor can be sure the student understands the basic concept. The book is structured so the student is doing the quadratic formula half-way through, and then the book ends with some more advanced topics. Answers to the odd questions are found in the back, except for the chapter tests.
Final thoughts: While this looks like a traditional textbook, it has some highlights that set it above many other algebra texts. For one thing, the worked examples not only show the mathematical steps, they provide the reasoning behind doing those particular actions. Also, the oral practice is a quick check to make sure your child/student can do the assigned problems without completely floundering. There’s a fair number of word problems sprinkled throughout the book. Miss Adventure hates them all, but I think they provide real-life uses for algebra. The author also has fun with names in the word problems. For example, “Kara Vann crosses the desert on a camel” (p. 579), or “[a] freight train leaves the town of Oola, La., and heads for Near, Miss.”. Overall, a high quality algebra that I recommend.
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