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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra, 2nd Edition (Complete Idiot's Guide to) [Paperback]

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Pages   315
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 3, 2007
Publisher   Alpha
Age  18
ISBN  1592576486  
EAN  9781592576487  


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Enhanced by easier-to-read graphs and additional practice problems, an introduction to algebra covers the basic principles of mathematics, including linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, exponents, logarithms, word problems, and more, all written in an easy-to-undertand style. Original.

Publishers Description
Just the facts (and figures) to understanding algebra.

The Complete IdiotA's GuideAr 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.
A-Written in an easy-to-comprehend style to make math concepts approachable
A-Award-winning math teacher and author of The Complete IdiotA's GuideAr to Calculus and the bestselling advanced placement book in ARCOA's A"MasterA" series

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Wish I'd had this book back in High School  Oct 10, 2008
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.
 
All I needed  Oct 4, 2008
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.
 
Helped me pass my math placement test  Sep 18, 2008
This 45 year old mom was ready to go back to school but not ready to face Intermediate Algebra, a requirement (either pass the class or test above) for my degree program. I read, practiced and studied and tested above the requirement. So now, I won't have to face a math class and can go right into the science classes that more closely fit in with my degree program. There were a couple of items in the book that I may never completely understand or be able to memorize but so much of the book was fun and very easy to "get" right away. I have already taken both high school and college level algebra so I have some background but there is no way I could have passed this placement requirement without studying this book for about a month. This book is not for complete idiots but instead for people who think they have become an idiot in math due to lack of practice. Now, I look forward to helping my kids with Algebra when it come their time.
 
Excellent book  Aug 18, 2008
I never completed high school, but I work in certain forms of linear algebra all day in my job, but some of the more basic algebra tasks in the past have stumped me. I learnt what I needed to complete my job and nothing else.

I originally bought 'Algebra Demystified' but was getting confused fairly early on. I found the writing confusing, because they just told you "do this, do that", while with this book, I had quite a few lightbulb moments occur. He just didn't say "do this, do that" but the reasons for doing it. I bought this book along with a workbook from the dummies series, which gave you a chance to write and test out a lot of sample problems in the book. Good combination.

I have now bought the authors pre-calculus and calculus books based on how well this book read.
 
Excellent introduction to basic algebra  May 30, 2008
Mathematical purists are opposed to injecting humor into teaching math, it is as if they simply want to pass their suffering on to subsequent generations. Unfortunately for their position, a spoonful of humor helps the mathematics go down. Kelley understands this very well, and while it is occasionally easy to consider the humor to be a bit childish or at best sophomoric, it does make this a better book.
The coverage is what one typically finds in beginning algebra courses.

*) Number fundamentals and basic properties such as the associative laws
*) Fractions and how to perform arithmetic on them
*) Variables and expressions
*) Solving linear equations
*) Solving linear inequalities
*) Solving systems of simultaneous linear equations
*) Matrices and operations on matrices
*) The fundamentals of polynomials
*) Factoring polynomials
*) Equations involving radicals
*) Quadratic equations and inequalities
*) The basics of functions
*) Graphing functions
*) Rational expressions and solving rational expressions
*) Interest, area, volume, distance and mixture problems

If you are in need of a book that will help you learn basic algebra and can handle the occasionally stupid humor, then this is the book for you.
 

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