Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide

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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:...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471530121
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Series: Wiley Self-Teaching Guides Series , #110
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 117,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER SELBY (deceased) was Director of Educational Technology at Man Factors Associates, a human factors engineering consulting firm. He is the author of two other self-teaching guides: Quick Algebra Review: A Self-Teaching Guide and Geometry and Trigonometry for Calculus: A Self-Teaching Guide, both published by Wiley.

STEVE SLAVIN, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Economics at Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey. He has written over 300 newspaper and magazine articles, and is the author of four other books, including All the Math You ll Ever Need: A Self-Teaching Guide and Economics: A Self-Teaching Guide, both published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Some Basic Concepts.

The Number System.

Monomials and Polynomials.

Special Products and Factoring.

Fractions.

Exponents, Roots, and Radicals.

Linear and Fractional Equations and Formulas.

Functions and Graphs.

Quadratic Equations.

Inequalities.

Ratio, Proportion, and Variation.

Solving Everyday Problems.

A Parting Word.

Appendix.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    Excellent book!

    I'm a high school student and I was struggling with algebra for quite some time. I bought this book and in about four weeks I mastered the subject. With this book just about anyone can learn algebra.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    Very good book....

    I was worried that this book maybe outdated but I went ahead and bought it since it was only $17 something. I was amazed at how well it was written for the price. I have read textbooks that run in the hundreds and their not written as well as this book. This book not only is up to date but I find it very easy to read. You don't have to know anything about algebra to start reading this book. Because it explaines it all to you. If you would like to learn algebra then buy this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Out of date teaching method

    I bought this book to get up to speed for College Algebra class. I am 55 years old and took my last Intermeadiate Algebra Class 12 years ago. This book uses old methods of teaching. It is black and white and does not do a very good job of holding your attention. The expainations are very poor. My advice is to buy a modern graphic rich text book. This book was a waste of my money.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    Great review book

    I used this book to review for a basic skills teacher certification test and aced my test. This book was very easy to follow. The practice problems in each chapter started easy and progressed to a more challenging level. Each practice question was referenced back to a specific section in the chapter making further review quick and easy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    preparing for IBEW aptitude test

    I recently used this book as a resource in preparation for the IBEW aptitude test in NYC. As a music major in college, I took no math classes and even though I did well in high school math, this book proved to be an invaluable resource. I used it studying on my own outside of a classrom and found it very easy to understand, and even though I had only completed 50% of the book upon taking the test, I felt completely prepared for the algrbraic sections. This is an excellent book for anyone needing to brush up on their algebra.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Very nice

    This is the best book in the world. I learned so fast with this book, its so easy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    great book

    After being out of school for 20 odd years. i am going to go to college and needed to re-learn alegbra.. this book is easy to understand, and pick up quickly the methods taught. I highly recommend this book..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    If You always wanted to learn Algebra but.....

    I am 43 years old and had taken several algebra course in college when I was younger but failed them. Since then, I thought I was unteachable when It came to higher math until I came across this book. Quite simply, I cannot say enough praise for this book. It has opened up a new world for me which I have always wanted to learn. Without hesitation or reservation, I recomend this book to anyone who thought Algebra was beyond their reach. I did it, you can too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2003

    Very good review text.

    I used this book as a rush to catch up in preparation for taking a calculus course. It has been quite a few years since I last took Algebra. This material is laid out in a wonderful sequential order that as long as you can understand the previous chapters you will be fully prepared for the next. One thing I wish the book had, but it didn't was one more chapter introducing imaginary numbers. If you are doing this your first time trying to fully 'get' Algebra this is definately a good place for you to get started. Very good problem sets, and excellent explainations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Nothing but compliments

    I went through college without opening a math textbook. I'm going back to school for pre-vet stuff, and need to skip ahead in math as far as possible. I disliked algebra in school, I found it hard to understand and terribly boring. This book put a new spin on things. It is well written, almost error-free and makes this subject interesting (as much as algebra can be interesting) and easy. I strongly encourage anyone who needs to learn or re-learn algebra to get this book. It's the only one you'll need.

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