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From the Back Cover

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PAINLESS
Algebra
Second Edition

Really. This isn't going to hurt at all . . .


If you break out in a cold sweat at the very mention of algebra, this book will show you how to relax and master the subject without pain. The problems you now consider confusing are taken slowly, step by step. Simply follow the painless steps and soon you'll wonder why you were ever confused in the first place! You start with integers, progress to simple equations with one variable, then move forward to gain a clear understanding of inequalities, systems of equations, exponents, and roots and radicals. Finally, you graduate to mastery of quadratic equations. Along the way, you'll find fun-to-solve "brain tickler" problems in every chapter. Each "brain tickler" comes with an answer, but before you knot it, you'll be figuring out all the answers for yourself.

For Middle School and High School Students
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Product Details

  • Series: Painless Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764134345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764134340
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BookMan VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've had to brush up on Algebra (I haven't used it in decades) and this book does an outstanding job. As a previous reviewer noted, the graph (on page 31) pertaining to rational/irrational numbers is; indeed, incorrect but, as far as I can tell, that's about the only error (BTW, the book does describe the difference between the two sets of numbers correctly - only the diagram is wrong).

Generally speaking, the exercises were excellent and so were the explanations. My only criticism are 1), I wish there were more exercises) and 2), all of the answers need to be explained - there are a few "tricky" questions that are very difficult to figure out if one hasn't used Algebra in a long time. It would be very helpful for the author to come up with a workbook that was correlated with each chapter in "Painless Algebra," in order to further reinforce concepts covered.

The final chapter, on quadratic equations (the bane of my algebraic existence) was the only one that provided much grief. As with most things in mathematics, there is more than one way to find a solution. I ended up using solutions found in other books, that were a bit clearer. Of course, that may just be me and I certainly wouldn't use that criticism to prevent others from using this book - overall, "Painless Algebra" was very well written and I would highly recommend it to others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ~purplemoon~ VINE VOICE on July 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really can't add much to the previous reviews of how GREAT this book is! It is clearly, in my opinion, the only way to teach/learn (love the teachers that reviewed this book who are implementing these concepts in their class!!) Algebra. It makes so much sense and when something make sense...well, you just GET it! I tried, believe me, I tried to understand and do well in Algebra in high school. I took Algebra twice; once when I was a Freshman and then again when I was a Sophmore. Both times, to no avail. My grades were a D & C, respectively (A for effort though, right?). Trying to tackle this again?? What am I...crazy? After being out of high school 25 years?!

I have to agree...wish there were more "brain ticklers", but as another reviewer mentioned, now that we know Algebra, we can always pick up an additional workbook! Also, as a reviewer mentioned, I found it helpful to review the previous chapter before going on to the next, especially if you've spent some time away from the book.

I almost enjoy doing math (I said...*almost*!) with this book! It is just so clear, concise and very easy to read. Trust me, I should know! Don't hesitate ~ get this book! You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janders on March 1, 2013
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I found myself constantly referring to outside sources to understand some of this book. What I hoped for with this book was to develop a deeper insight to understand algebra. In my opinion, this book teaches algebra much the same way that they teach it in school. That is to say that try to make it seem simple by only teaching you the formulas that you need to solve the problem, rather than helping you to develop an insight on what it is that you are doing, and why these formulas work. It is more like 'brainless' algebra. This is what this kind of problem looks like, and here is the formula to solve it. Over and over again in the book, the author introduces a new kind of problem, then says "here is how you solve it, it's painless". Saying "it's painless" doesn't actually make it painless. Another issue I have with this book is that the quizzes throughout the book only give you problems related directly to that chapter. So it's easy to solve them when they are in direct context to what you just read. They do not mix up the problems and make you figure out what kind of problem you are dealing with. If you were given a test, you would see multiple types of problems mixed together, and this book doesn't prepare you for that. The book is much smaller than a school textbook, but so is the information within. I don't mean to imply that the book has no worth, it is a decent introduction to algebra. But don't expect to be an expert when you are finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Adams on June 25, 2007
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Learning algebra could not be any easier. Lynette Long promises to show the concepts of algebra painlessly and she delivers on that promise. Algebra is a subject that seems intimidating to so many people, but truly I've never seen a book that explains a subject as clearly and simply as this.

This book takes any mystery and fear out of algebra and makes the concepts clear, practical, and easily translated to real life and real language. I can't imagine any book could do a better job of guiding autodidacts to an understanding of algebra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Gunerius on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to understand. I had forgotten absolutely EVERYTHING about algebra. This book is good for anyone who will be starting like I did.

There is also a CD Rom that teaches it (called "before you know it algebra"), It doesn't come with the book Painless Algebra. it's also geared towards younger kids, but it's good to have as many resources as you can when self teaching, so it can be explained in more ways than one for more understanding.

These books saved me from having to take pre-algebra as a prerequisite course in college, and I was able to start my degree program earlier. Buying the book saved me hundreds that I would have had to shell out between the classes and the expensive textbooks.
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