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Algebra and Trigonometry Hardcover – 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pearson Hall; 8th edition (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0558228445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0558228446
  • ASIN: B0098P9PTA
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,436,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The presenation of the material is well thought out and the abundance of practice problems invaluable.
Hedge Fund Manager
First there is almost no attempt to "connect the dots" and this book suffers from the writing style that has plagued low level math textbooks for way too long.
R. Regina
Good for college level algrebra and trig, and for brushing up on pre-calculus (since you will need this basic info before taking calculus).
Hermae Q. Sartin

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Regina on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for the sole reason of learning trig and some pre-calculus algebra. I must say I am highly disappointed. It has been months since I bought it and I have completed it. In most math textbooks up until now, you have probably been used to completing the problems by looking at the examples in a chapter, plugging in different values in the examples then mindlessly calculating without ever getting any sense of the purpose or meaning behind the subject matter. That is exactly what you will be doing in this book. First there is almost no attempt to "connect the dots" and this book suffers from the writing style that has plagued low level math textbooks for way too long. That is, the book is written to show you how to solve problems as quickly, as painless (and as blinded) as possible. Nearly all problems in this book may be completed by plugging in different values to the examples. There are very few proofs given (not that I expected a lot) and very few attempts to say things such as "Method B follows directly from method A you learned early." Or "Method B, is really just a clever use of the Pythagorean theorem.". Many times there will be chapters with little (but enough) explaining, then you get a chapter which would require a lot of explaining, but instead is very packed in very dense paragraphs full of definitions. This is fine for me, but would probably confuse alot of "non-math" people. Overall there is a ton of (very easy) problems in the book, though they are not all easy. There is also a lot of "applied" problems which are really scenarios which would probably never occur in the real world (don't get me wrong some of the applied problem are quite interesting, but about 95% of them are not).Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hedge Fund Manager on June 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am 55 years old and promised myself that when I became financially able I would relearn Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus I, II,III & IV and ODE skills from start to finish. I am now finished with Sullivan's book I have found the book easy to read and understand. The presenation of the material is well thought out and the abundance of practice problems invaluable. If you are serious about math then this is a great book.

A retired hedge fund manager.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lerner on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is improperly organized - concepts in mathematics must be understood from the easiest level to the most difficult - this book presents the material for memorization, NOT understanding. This is the first time that I encounter math organized in such a way. While everything is explained well enough, the lumping together of too much information for difficult concepts makes it difficult to learn properly. Try McKeague instead, same title, just a much better book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaide on July 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ordered this book for my 1050 math class and got a totally different book! I should have double checked but I didn't and now I have to buy another, if purchasing I suggest getting from a book store or chegg. Not here
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Not sure how I liked this book. I took this class so long ago. But an overall review on low level math books; low level math has not changed in a long time. Stop trying to exploit our capitalist system by making the same book every year. Its' not making anyone "smarter" which is ironic because they are educational resources so that should be the point. New algebra books are a wast of time, money, and resources. Use the old ones!
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When it comes to old college text books, everyone is always in a hurry to sell their books. This is the one I wished I hadn't. You're going to be parents someday and it is an awesome review/reference for all the questions you will be answering - and yes, it's better than the internet at this time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Burnette on October 3, 2009
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I am not a big fan of this product. It took me approximately 3 weeks to receive this item, as well as the fact that it is misleading. I was under the impression that it had a mymathlab code that came with the book, but it did not.
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By fredericka archer on July 20, 2013
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I love it because its the book my instructor uses and its clean and neat I will keep it that's all for now
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