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Great in Many Ways
on July 29, 2008
As a math tutor, I am familiar with many books. I really like this book because it explains everything I would want the student to know. It illustrates all the common pitfalls very clearly.
***** 5 stars for presentation (layout, typesetting, use of color, organization).
***** 5 stars for content (the authors seem to be very in touch with what explanations work for students both in the short term, and what explanations are best for them in the long term.)
***** 5 stars for the exercises. There are a lot of exercises in each section (usually around 100?). They cover the basics all the way up to what they call the 'sythesis' problems, where the student can challenge themselves to do advanced problems. I really like the synthesis problems because they are do-able and can make the student start to feel confident.