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Worst Textbook I Have Ever Used
on May 22, 2011
I'm baffled how this textbook was even published. It is clear that no one checked their own work, as I continually found wrong answers in this book. If one were to look in the back of the book to check their work, they would be completely confused. There are some answers that are right, but then there are others that are drastically rounded, wrong, or an answer to a completely different problem. Maybe you want to check how to do a problem, so you find the chapter, and then look for an example. Well good luck, because there aren't any examples, and the ones there are, are for the very basic of problems. Maybe you can use their answer in the examples for something? Well, no you can't. Their answers for even the examples are sometimes wrong, with the words "our answer seems reasonable" echoed throughout the book. These examples also always use round, whole numbers. Rarely did I see the use of a decimal for any example. Unfortunately, all the problems at the end of the chapter are going to need much more work than a simple example, so the use of an outside source will be necessary for this book. Maybe some of these things will be fixed in the next edition, as this is the first edition. Either way, I recommend not getting this book.
Sidenote: The Students Solution Manual for this book is helpful, be keep in mind it is only every other odd problem.