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Elementary Geometry For College Students Third Edition Hardcover – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0618221769 ISBN-10: 061822176X Edition: 3rd
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 3 edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061822176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618221769
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Nolan Jr. on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The instructions in this book are vague at best. The authors appear to be rushing the student through the fundamentals of Geometry without ever explaining how things work. The homework sections are a JOKE! The authors have given "solutions" to selct problems in the book, but do not explain how those answers are achieved. The book gives basics and ideas in the text then provides exercises with answers to some of the exercises. It would be much more helpful if they chose some of the problems to show a solution. Telling the student that the angle is 35 degrees does absolutely no good if the book does not tell the student WHY it is 35 degrees. If you have a great teacher who is willing to spend some time explaining in detail and going over the exercises in detail you may be o.k. with this book. If your teacher does not do these things then this book will hurt you more than it helps. If I could give it no stars I would have.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kellie on June 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Who am I to say this? I'm a 35-year-old college student with a 3.5 GPA, studying for a B.A. in English and Graphic Design in the Chicagoland area. I'm not that great in math but I with studying, good teachers and decent text books, I've passed all my math classes so far with As and Bs. I'm not the smartest person in the world but I am no dummy. Elementary Plane Geometry was required but I thought it might be interesting and maybe fun as I had NEVER taken a Geometry class before.

This book was completely useless. In fact, I ONLY used it to do the problems assigned to me by the teacher. I did not use this book to study nor as a reference guide. I used it as a coaster and a door stop a few times. My fellow students HATED it as well.

*There were NO examples of how to do the homework assignments.

*This book did not give you steps on how to solve problems.

*This book did not explain why an answer was what it was.

Opening up this book, to me, was like telling a 5-year old to go build a rocket and speak Chinese.

Instead of using this book, I barely passed the class by going every week to the tutors at school's study center (who, by the way, did not understand the "instructions" in this book either and had to read the chapters all the way through so they could teach me how the authors did the problems), my husband who is a mechanical engineer (who also hated this book and thought it was the worst math book he's ever seen) struggled through the text book with me, *and* I checked Geometry for Dummies out of the local library which helped a little.

If you are a school administration looking into using this book, I beg you to please not.

If you are a student that has been assigned this book, you should start lining up additional help now.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Sessoms on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had to take a geometry course for my major in math and this is the text we used. I'm currently in my junior year taking this course. I'm not sure how the other reviewers come to his or her conclusions about this text. Maybe they did not have a strong mathematical background. It is recommended to take two semesters in calculus and a proof writing course such as abstract algebra before tackling geometry. Not saying that one use the materials learned in these courses, but these courses perpare a student for a well rounded math background.

As the title of the book, this is an elementary geometry text. Elementary meaning Euclidean geometry. More advanced geomoetry includes non-Euclidean gemoetry such as hyperbolic and spherical geometry.

But anyway, this text provides very clear wording and easy to follow problems. All the problems at the end of each section are clearly describe within the section.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elita L. Widjaja on August 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I actually ordered only one book, but I got the confirmation as two books.I have no idea why this could happen. I am happy because Amazon replied all my e-mails very quick, and I also received the refund in a shortest time.
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