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Algebra the Easy Way (Barron's E-Z) [Paperback]

Douglas Downing
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January 1, 2003 0764119729 978-0764119729 4
Describes and explains uses of equations, polynomials, the binomial formula, exponential functions, logarithms, and much more, with exercises and answers.

Over the years, Barron’s popular and widely-used Easy Way books have proven themselves to be accessible self-teaching manuals. They have also found their way into many classrooms as valuable and easy-to-use textbook supplements. The titles cover a wide variety of both practical and academic topics, presenting fundamental subject matter so that it can be clearly understood and provide a foundation for more advanced study. Easy Way books fulfill many purposes. They help students improve their grades, serve as good test preparation review books, and provide readers working outside classroom settings with practical information on subjects that relate to their occupations and careers. All Easy Way books include review questions and mini-tests with answers. All new Easy Way editions feature type in two-colors, the second color used to highlight important study points and topic heads.

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  • High school-level algebra in the form of a fantasy novel
  • Solving practical problems with algebra
  • Hundreds of problems solved and explained
  • Diagrams and amusing line illustrations

  • Equations
  • Exponents
  • Polynomials
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Mathematical Induction . . . and much more

  • Product Details

    • Series: Barron's E-Z
    • Paperback: 400 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 4 edition (January 1, 2003)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764119729
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764119729
    • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal introduction to algebra for smart kids March 18, 1999
    The device of attaching math problems to a story line, and showing the efforts of the characters to solve them, is the key to this book's unique appeal for younger kids who want to get into algebra (and can handle the abstract thinking required). It captures their interest and can be read relatively fast, though the algebra is not watered-down so the book naturally does require intelligence and careful attention. The story line presentation guarantees that the focus is on insight, a characteristic that sharply distinguishes this "Easy Way" series of books from typical high-school or college texts.
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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A long-winded but moderately good introduction... December 2, 2000
    I bought this book because the story format intrigued me. However, as I went along the narrative wore thin. The exercises are good and there are some very clever ways in which concepts are introduced. This book can be a great tool if only some of the narrative can be shortened. If you need a book that gets to the point quickly and succinctly go with "Practical Algebra: A self-teaching guide" by Selby et al.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching young kids! and the young at heart February 7, 2002
    If you have (or are) that extra smart young kid, who always seems to be a grade (year) or two ahead of his/her class in maths, this book is certainly going to be perfect for him/her (as it was for me). This was the book that got me interested in Algebra. Downing takes the reader on an adventure, explaining the basics of algebra through a story, and progressing almost to the very apex of general algebra. (He doesn't cover every single aspect of general algebra - I recall one example: Synthetic Division, there are others.) But for a child, who's ahead of the rest, you don't need to have everything just yet.
    This book certainly won't appeal to adults or older teens (who will easily get bored and turned off by the underlying story), but it was a great introduction for me when I was just turning the decade mark. It really helps you to understand Algebra as more than a bunch of things to memorise; it makes you see applications in every aspect of life. Once you (or your child) have finished this book, you'll be thirsting for more, and that's when you move on to a more traditional textbook to fill in the "blanks". After that, algebra will be running through your veins. With this solid foundation, trigonometry and calculus will be much easier.
    (The author also wrote similar books on Trigonometry and Calculus. The Calculus book was quite poor because the story began to intrude on explaining the concepts properly. [By the time you are ready to take calculus on, you should use a traditional textbook - like Anton or Thomas.] The trigonometry book was quite good, but I feel none can match the brilliance of this book.)
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    35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to algebra! March 20, 2000
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    My oldest child has begun to study algebra in school. Algebra, the Easy Way is a wonderful addition to her classroom studies. This book's approach explains the whys of algebra. It takes students beyond the "just memorize" it way of learning alegebra. To use this book effectively, I strongly suggest readers do some of the problems at the end of each chapter. You'll find the answers in the back of the book. Students who complete this book will be well on their way to being able to use algebra.
    My younger children have taken an interest in the book, too. The book's story approach has sparked their interest. Because of their young ages, they are moving more slowly through the book than the older child. Nonetheless, the book's approach has made algebra seem like a very natural idea to them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in beginning the study of algebra.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that did it for me August 31, 2003
    By A Customer
    I recieved a copy of this book in elementary school, one year before they were to put me into an algebra class. I first started reading it not because I was interested in mathematics, but because I liked fantasy novels. The way the characters get sucked into the explanation of the whys behind the relationships between numbers, etc... that was what made me become interested in mathematics too.
    Unfortunately when I started algebra I was way ahead of the other kids in the class and found myself bored and unimpressed by the way the teacher took something so interesting and made it simply dull busy work. But I learned something important from this book -- I didn't need teachers to learn mathematics. I soon found myself learning calculus during my freshmen year of high school and when it came time to apply for college, guess what my major was? You got it - Math...
    I attribute it all to this book -- this is where my love of math began.
    So on one hand, you'll learn algebra and possibly find yourself with a passion for math, but you may also find yourself bored and ahead of your classmates as well.
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Agree it's best for the traditional age student August 11, 1999
    By A Customer
    I am also an adult wanting to refresh long unused skills. One good thing about this is that each chapter has a reasonable number of problems and answers, so it's not intimidating in that way. But I could also do without the fantasy story. This would probably appeal to a young person in JHS or HS who's taking algebra and needs to review, but I just want to cut to the chase and will be looking for another book.
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    26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Confusion The Easy Way July 31, 2000
    I have never been a math dummy and bought this book because my daughter is going into the subject area in school and I thought I'd retool my skills to be able to help her.
    While the book is written in storybook style and is, at first, amusing, the approach wears thin after a couple of chapters and you find yourself wishing the authors would just get to the point. Later you wish they would provide a little more explanation and a few more examples for the more complex topics in the book.
    Often, the chapters that are very short present a lengthy series of problems for you to solve, the complexity of which goes well beyond the thin explanations and examples the authors provide in the book. Sadly, the authors chose not to provide step-by-step solutions for the more complicated problems in the exercise sections.
    Overall, this book is greatly disappointing and I recommend you don't waste valuable money buying it. It won't lead you to any clear understanding of the subject matter at all. It will, however leave you wishing you'd spent your money on something more useful.
    A final note: I also purchased their book, Trigonometry The Easy Way before I worked with Algebra The Easy. The former is just as poorly composed as the one under discussion here.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    Purchased this book for my niece who was really having a hard time with basic algebra. She just couldn't understand it. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Joanne Mosley
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Best There is
    The Math teacher that told me to order it is an amazing teacher for the pass 30 years. We are so pleased. I had hope to order a geometry book from Barron's. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Toni Casto
    5.0 out of 5 stars Big Help
    I have not did Algebra is 40 years. I got a (F) then. But, for my computer class I need it. So, I got this book to a jump start.
    Published 15 months ago by Lawerence Hughes
    4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative book
    Interesting approach to algebra, beginning with the fundamentals (what does it *mean* to add numbers, for example). Lots of fun!
    Published 16 months ago by David Borhani
    5.0 out of 5 stars Algebra the Easy Way
    Math has always been incredibly difficult for me. The step by step chapters with explanations and exercises have helped me to find "X", and made Math enjoyable.
    Published 17 months ago by Helen
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Easy Way
    Great Book to help a student learn algebra. AlgebraThe Easy Way is the best way to learn you got to get yours
    Published 18 months ago by NGJ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun way to learn
    Great fun way to learn. I used this book as a review book in college and also for my children when they started algebra.
    Published 18 months ago by Dan
    5.0 out of 5 stars A little different
    I first purchased Math the Easy Way, and was extremely satisfied with the results of taking my practice exam after going through the book. Read more
    Published on October 27, 2011 by Cree Dalene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Algebra made easy
    I am by no means a rube. I graduated from college with honors. I double majored. I am now pursuing my masters degree. Read more
    Published on August 7, 2011 by Jason
    2.0 out of 5 stars Many shortcomings.......
    I had to brush up on algebra for a calculus course I was taking and found this book in the library (I'm now glad that I didn't spend money on it). Read more
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