Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications (Prentice Hall Classics) Classics Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131657106
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  • Hardcover: 1058 pages
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL; Classics edition (May 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131657100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131657106
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By corcan on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have recently completed a fourteen-week self-study of this entire book, in preparation for an Engineering major.

I found the book very helpful; determinates, f of x terminology, and quadratic functions were explained in an easy to understand manner. Another thing I found helpful was the inclusion of "real world" problems that could be solved using the teachings in this book. Problems in business, biology, nuclear fission, rocket trajectory, etc. are presented and can be solved by the student. Such questions seem to be designed to introduce medical/engineering hopefuls to what they'll encounter in the years ahead.

Furthermore, the trigonometry section is only three chapters long, which I think is very wise of the author; as most 700-page trigonometry tomes are usually overwhelming to students and contain nonsense about determining the heights of flagpoles, which a future doctor or physicist does not need to know by heart!

A determined student can master the essential trigonometric functions in under a month, and this book can serve that purpose.

My only complaints are that some topics are explained in vague ways; I found myself writing my own expositions in the margins. Also, only the odd-numbered questions (1, 3, 5, etc.) are answered in the answer section. This provides less incentive to complete all the questions posed, because mistakes that are made on even-numbered questions will go unnoticed unless the student is extremely thorough in checking.

Despite these drawbacks, I recommend careful study of this book to those students who wish to enter the sciences...but make sure you have someone you can consult with because here and there the book may confuse you.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By transmitterdude58@swbell.net on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I used this text in 9th Grade Honors Algebra and found that It is one of the best Algreba texts written. I used Mr. Foerster's Basic Algebra book in 8th grade. His explaniation of the topics were very clear and to the point. His exercises make you think and learn. You could learn Algebra without a teacher with this book. I do not think you could find a better Algebra/Basic Trig text.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Megan Anderson on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found this algebra/trig. book to be very satisfactory, with only a few things I'd change about it. The word problems found in the last section of each chapter offer the right level of difficulty, interesting situations, and the character's names are often quite funny (ex. Butch Err's feedlot, Ripov's Insurance Co., Sue Flay and Cassa Roll's hamburger stand, etc). For many of the problems that involve graphing, the answer at the back simply says (graph). It would be a lot more helpful if the graph was provided, especially if the back of the book is the only means to check homework. This gets a little frustrating sometimes.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I remember using an old edition of this book in high school back in 1993. It made such an impression on me that I still remembered the authors name.This is truly a standout text, just like Thomas Finney Calculus, Klepner Kolencow Mechanics, and a handful of others I would recomend it to anyone!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Beidel on July 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Paul Foerster wrote the best 2nd year algebra textbook I have ever examined or taught from. As a trained physicist and mathematician with an unusual and delightful sense of humor, Foerster develops the algebra by developing and illustrating the algebra skills in the context of functions. His applications are real-world, meaty and meaningful. It's a five-star tome for me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gosselin on February 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book. My son used this for his accelerated Algebra course. I bought a copy so I could consult with him while I was travelling. The examples are pretty clear, although they could have had an extra step here and there. I liked the format, and the step-by-step approach throughout each chapter to neet the ultimate goal of each chapter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Morison on August 30, 2013
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My son's math teacher uses this textbook as he believes it is a better choice to inspire young minds to math. I have to agree, mainly because he teaches Math as an art the should be appreciated and discussed in fun, challenging, and inspired ways. Most mostly because my son is actively engaged and seems to struggle less when concepts and formulas are presented in readable, simple and straight forward ways!!
Have purchase so another child will be toward math as fun, simple and something to share. It is sooo much more then just memorizing"
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book was used for my 9th grade Algebra II Honors class.
Paul A. Foerster uses examples that are connected to the real world,
and, at times has made mathematics fun
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