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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra

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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, expon
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ebook, 2nd Edition, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Alpha Books (first published July 3rd 2004)
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Stephen Hayes
When I was 11 years old I went to high school and started Algebra. A couple of weeks after the beginning of the school term I was sick, and missed about 3 days' classes, and must have missed something vital, because I never managed to catch up. In maths exams I did well in geometry, was mediocre in arthmetic and trigonometry (mainly because of careless mistakes) but very poor in algebra. So when I saw this book in the library, I thought it might be an opportunity to see what I had missed.

I foun
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Zoey
May 23, 2012 Zoey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used the book as a refresher to prepare for the GRE. It should be noted that I'm terrible at math, am easily confused by it, and hate it as a result.

That being said, I rather liked this book, at least as much as a person like me can like a math book. The examples were pretty easy to follow, and there were a fair number of practice problems to work. The tone could go either way. I can see how people might find it condescending, but being as bad in math as I am I found the tone reassuring, espe
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Chris
Nov 09, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The maths teacher you’ve always wanted now in book form’ the book tells me, and it’s right.

As someone who missed the whole algebra thing at school due to reasons I always wanted to go cover algebra. This book is so well written and the liberal use of humour in the book really helps things not get bogged down too much. There were times I did need to go to the internet to find some videos on some concepts (I guess I’m a visual leaner), but I’m not going to let that bring down such a great book.

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Mary
Mar 28, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dry. Boring.
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Mar 19, 2012 *heartrl* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great self study guide- if not a little condescending. Still- get's the job done.
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The author has written a bunch of books about math (like The Complete Idiot's Guide to Precalculus, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus (Second Edition), and The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems).

His website, www.calculus-help.com, hosts over a thousand unique visitors a day, even though it features an unflattering animated graphic of him dancing at his wedding.

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