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Schaum's Outline of College Algebra, Third Edition (Schaum's Outline Series) Paperback – August 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0071635394 ISBN-10: 0071635394 Edition: 3rd

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  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071635394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071635394
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Murray Speigel, Ph.D., was a former professor and chairman of the mathematics department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford Graduate Center.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin d. on September 27, 2010
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I have always enjoyed Shaum's Outlines and this is no different. Only problem I have is I got the Kindle edition. The old 1st gen Kindle is not so good for math. The graphics (most formulas) are too small to read. Fortunately it does look pretty good on PC Kindle.

I wonder how this looks on the newer generation Kindles?
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BJJ fan on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this up because I was gonna use it for tutoring- it looked like it had a lot of practice problems without a lot of expository text.

The only problem is the answers are almost always on the same page, even for the end of the chapter review.

On one chapter I had to look twice because at first I didn't understand what I was seeing. I am used to seeing a question look like this:

x(y-2)=____________

and then the answers on another page. This book took lazyness to a new level, the question AND answer were next to each other

x(y-2)=xy-2x

Thats not even a question, just an equation. From the point of view of a tutor, it renders it pretty hard to use.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Robinson on May 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I didn't get much use out of it as a learning tool, but it is a good reference. Any time I find myself needing to remember how to solve a system or work with roots, the answer is easy to locate.

It's a great study guide to help you brush up on earlier concepts while working with a book, or something online like the videos at Khan Academy or the various math pages on youtube.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ray Woodcock on September 13, 2011
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I've used earlier editions and am now working into the fourth edition. They've cut out some material on logarithms, but otherwise it appears not to be much changed from the earlier ones.

I'm using the Kindle edition. There are formatting problems. Some of the smaller-print formulas are also not very legible and are not size-adjustable. I would have been happier with a paper copy.

Format aside, I have recurrently used this book since the early 1970s. The questions get progressively harder as you go through a chapter, which is not surprising. Often, you need to understand the previous questions in order to solve the later ones. At times, this may leave you stalled, as you try to figure out what you didn't learn previously, so that you can somehow solve the current question. I'm not sure there's a great alternative.

Despite those objections or concerns, this is a solid and thorough book. If you have to learn or relearn algebra on your own, or are cursed with a teacher who doesn't speak your language, this book (and a lot of hard work, going through all these math problems) may save you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By k8inut on April 10, 2011
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I decided to get this book after I got a D- on my first test in College Algebra. Since I bought this book and have spent the time to go through and study with it, I've gotten A's and B's. This book is a good supplement, but I found some areas more useful than others. I liked the chapter on logs, and the information on partial fraction decomposition was very helpful. This book does tend to assume that you have basic understanding of the subject, so some areas weren't as useful. For example, I needed a more broken down, step-by-step approach to matrices than this book had. It seemed to assume that you would understand the basics and skipped steps without explaining them. So, I found that section to be the least helpful. Still, this book is a good way to go through additional problems, and it has a lot of solved problems that you can work through. It has definately helped me out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tasmanian Girl on October 21, 2010
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Grew up learning from this book. Ordered it for my girls so coach them on much needed skills and algebra problem solving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander 'Knight' on January 15, 2014
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As a professional tutor, I use this book extensively as a basis for tutoring students in mathematics. The book is fairly comprehensive, covering about 90%~ of what a rigorous, comprehensive course would cover. My students and I appreciate the clarity of the lessons, and the problems are well-crafted such that you are required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concepts to solve. In an age where, in the United States, courses lack rigor and grades are vastly inflated with regards to mastery of the material, (eg. An 'A' in College Algebra doesn't mean you have an 'A'-level of mastery), it is a pleasure to find a book so challenging yet rewarding. The worked out examples and problems provide ample guidance for students to solve the supplementary problems, which have answers but no explanatory steps. Memorizing problem types is not an option - students who are able to successfully complete the supplementary problems are well prepared to solve more complex problems involving the same concepts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By paul jordan on June 19, 2011
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Anyone think that a major problem in math education is the complete lack of usable problem sets with readable answers. Like all the shaum texts I have used, this book has problem sets and answer keys piled on top each other in a hard to read jumble. I guess paper expense is the reason--but then why not come down a point size and rationalize the section headers. Even with its limitations--this series remains one of the best resources around
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