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Mathematical Ideas (12th Edition)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
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This is a pretty great textbook, as far as textbooks go. Most mathematics books, in my experience, are not the best, but this book does a great job of explaining the materials, providing interesting historical/background information, giving lots of examples to work through, as well as staying relevant with current events. It even has a neat "extension" section on Cryptography.

I've had Discrete Math as part of my Computer Science curriculum at a University, and was surprised to see how much of that information is duplicated in a lower-level Liberal Arts Mathematics course. I highly recommend this book, if you are interested in basic mathematics principals (which a lot of curricula seem to gloss over in favor of hack-n-slash shortcuts for standardized tests) or if you are a student of Computer Science, the material is particularly relevant with sections on problem solving, Boolean logic, and conversion between number bases (binary, octal, hex -- all good to know for programmers).

The Kindle version overall is quite good, but note that there are restrictions on which devices can use it (as it is "formatted for larger screens"). I was only able to use the book with Kindle for PC. The Cloud Reader and my Kindle Touch could not open the book, but it seem to work on my Google Nexus 10. Hope this information helps.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
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I rented this book and I was tricked. It DOES come with an access code... but because it is a rental, the code has already been used by whomever rented it first. So aggravating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
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Helped me pass!! I really would have failed if I didn't get this book. Before it my test scores were horrendous and after I was pulling in A's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
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This book is super. It is very easy to understand. I have learned a great deal from this book. I really enjoy the homework and test online..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
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This is a new math book however the access code you need is NOT in the book
VERY ANNOYED WITH THE RUN AROUND BY AMAZON...JUST buy the math code...the book is online when you get there!
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on February 3, 2013
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I purchased this textbook as an ebook. I find it a little difficult to follow this way but otherwise the concepts are very well explained...
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on January 29, 2014
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I needed both the book and the online code for the math class that required it. Buying it "new" I thought It would be "new" and it would have the code required to complete the online work of the course. Now, being the poor college student I am, I have to shell out $100 extra for a subscription. This was awful.
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on October 28, 2013
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Great for those who struggle with math. There are videos available for each section. There are also walk throughs for most questions which is great for practice. One you get the help you can click on similar exercise to redo it for the points.
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on September 13, 2013
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Explanations assumed you already knew or remembered these math concepts. Difficult to follow. I dropped the course. Creative presentation of information if you saw the movies it chose. If not, concept explanations are lost.
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on August 23, 2013
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Yes, I got the book but the access card was already used and felt like I paid way too much for a book without an access card. They should have clarified it... but they didn't boo...I will never go through them again. Beware!
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