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Schaum's Outline of Geometry, 4ed (Schaum's Outline Series) Paperback – August 13, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071544122 ISBN-10: 0071544127 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (August 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071544127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071544122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barnett Rich holds a PH.D. from Columbia University. Among his many achievements are the 6 degrees that he earned and the 23 books that he wrote, among them Schaum's Outlines of Elementary Algebra, Modern Elementary Algebra, and Review of Elementary Algebra.

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Customer Reviews

I purchased this book as a reference and study guide for my state's math test.
Gary Bunt
If you're going to try to sit down to learn something intricate like geometry, you've got some serious work to do, and the sooner you get to it the better.
Caraculiambro
This book condenses out the fluff from a typical textbook, and details solution methods for almost every conceivable problem.
Alan McC

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Caraculiambro on July 28, 2009
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The thing I like about the Schaum's series is that they don't try to be your friend. If you're going to try to sit down to learn something intricate like geometry, you've got some serious work to do, and the sooner you get to it the better. To this end, there are no pictures in the book (other than geometric diagrams, of course), no blurbs on famous geometers or famous applications of geometry. No, this sucker's as dry as a bone.

But that's good. This is a book for motivated, adult learners. You've got your explanations, your worked examples, and then tons of exercises with answers to all of them in the back of the book - not just the odd. The thing I like about this book, now in its fourth edition (white cover), is that it takes an example-exercise approach to geometry, rather than forcing you to memorize postulates.

Even if your teacher is the most entertaining guy in the world, you're still going to have a lot of tedious work to do if you plan on mastering geometry. The way this book is laid out is an accurate reflection of that.

They say that many of these Schaum's outlines, while they might be helpful supplementary material for a course, do not go deep enough to replace the course itself. I would disagree if that charge were leveled against this one: Schaum's Geometry easily provides everything you'd get in a high school geometry course and more.

The only criticism of this book that I can muster is the following: of all the major branches of math, geometry is one you kinda need a live teacher for. For this reason, the Schaum's approach -- in parts -- is unsatisfying. The whole Schaum m.o. of humorless exercises, dry explanations, no pictures, etc. can work very well for algebra, calculus, trig, etc.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alan McC on October 15, 2009
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This book condenses out the fluff from a typical textbook, and details solution methods for almost every conceivable problem. The price is a STEAL compared to hundred-dollar textbooks. If you are struggling, or if you want a great book to use before that big test, you have to get this book. I'm getting all A's on my Geometry tests now, and their concise explanations helped solidify new concepts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reviewer on April 29, 2012
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This book is really helpful and explains things clearly but you should be warned it has a lot of typos in the problems (at least a couple per chapter). If you get this book and find yourself struggling with one of the problems, you should be aware that it is quite possible the book is wrong and not you.
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Another review is entitled "Lots of Typos" and I agree. It's puzzling that a book that was written by two PhD's, and that has gone through four editions since 1963, is still littered with mistakes. I found my first one right off the bat, on page 2 (Solved Problem 1.1). You're given three geometric terms (point, line, plane) to associate with real world examples of the terms (the top of a desk, a ruler's edge, etc.) But instead of "plane", the term "surface" is the answer to two of the questions. Yes, a plane is a surface, but a surface is not necessarily a plane.

On page 128 (Section 7.4, "Similar Triangles") there are two similar triangles, one with sides a, b, and c, and the other with sides a', b', and c'. The ratios of the corresponding sides of the triangles are shown to be equal by the statement a/ar = b/br = c/cr. (Sorry, but I can't type fractions.) Where did this letter "r" come from? What does it mean? The answer is that someone typed the letter "r" instead of the accent mark that is read as the word "prime".

It's understandable that typos would occur in a book containing so many diagrams, examples, and exercises, but after more than forty years I would expect most of them to have been weeded out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allison Johnson on August 6, 2011
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This book is very easy to read and understand. There are lots of practice problems with answers, which is nice.
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By Nick Pape on April 28, 2014
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this book teaches the material but a lot of the exercises are worded in a confusing way. I had to have a tutor look over the questions and they still did not know what the question was asking for without looking at the answer page and reverse engineering the questions
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