Geometry For Dummies
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2008
Mark Ryan's book is a fine reference for the ideas of geometry and the logic of proofs. Ryan deals with geometry in an easy way and doesn't ignore the harder parts but explains them very well. I thought the book was very complete and I especially liked the way he introduced transformations.

For high school students the good book is Tutor in a Book's Geometry, but for adults who have a genuine interest in learning about the basic ideas of geometry I highly recommend Mark Ryan's Geometry for Dummies.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2009
This is a solid well written book that does a good job explaining the ideas of introductory geometry. But that's not the problem facing my students, which is organization of concepts and developing a structure on which to hang that knowledge. I have parents buy this book thinking it makes geometry easier which it doesn't. I also don't think some of the topics are laid out very well. A fact is presented on one page then you have to turn the page for the sketch. I've seen the tutor book the other teacher/reviewer mentioned and that book is much more visual and effectively gives students learning and memory tools. Mr. Ryan's book is definitely one of the good "Dummies" books in that the author knows his subject and is a good writer. But for the high school kids I teach, understanding's not the problem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
I recently purchased this book for my 15 year old daughter, who is having problems with geometry. When she told me this, I immediately thought of this book because I have one for windows xp. I explained to her that it didn't mean she was dumb, because she's not, and that the only dummie is the one that doesn't look or ask for help. So she has it and she passed a test! I told her that she's not out of the woods yet, so keep at it. That,s why I give it 5 stars. It helps my daughter that I love so much.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2009
We got this book out of the library and there aren't any exercies in it. Then at Back to School night the teacher recommended Tutor in a Book geometry book. We got that book and my daughter did well in the class (she got a B and math is very hard for her). Hope this helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2014
I am 65 years old and hold a graduate degrees but I have difficulty with spatial orientation. Although quite good in algebra and in a number of graduate courses in statistics, geometry never came easy to me. I tried buying a Kindle edition of a very old (published originally I believe in the late 1800's) but that didn't work for me. So I purchased this book through Amazon. Perhaps it is my age, but a more likely reason that I was unsuccessful with the book is that it is designed primarily for high school students to augment what they are now learning or recently were taught by a trained teacher; it is designed to augment a regular textbook and regular instruction. So if you are in high school or recently graduated, ignore my review; it would be better for you to pay attention to reviews written by your cohorts. However, for those older, those out of secondary school for a long time, either you already know the material and thus the book is superfluous or you are like me, essentially unfamiliar with the topics, the book is not helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
In the beginning the book starts out very well. In the higher chapters the author lacks on explaining what is being taught.You need to reread what you just read to understand the concepts. To make the book even more difficult, all the theorems are laid out all over the place. There is one place where some of these theorems are listed, just not at all of them. In addition, many times he would run through a topic really quickly, meaning, he won't elaborate on something that you may not understand and right away he would go on to the next section;very frustrating. I don't care if the book if boring or not because I am just trying to use this info to remember Geometry for a class I have to take but I would not recommend this book as it lacking more revisions to make the book more understandable and easy to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2012
I received this book in a very timely manner. This book is very complete in the information that I need and more to teach certain math classes when I substitute teach in math.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
My son, a very bright lad, was struggling with Geometry. I gave him this book and he got it! Before we knew what happened, the whole class was asking to barrow it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2014
Again this is a must have book for somebody practically starting over with their math skills. Easy to follow and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2014
my 15 year old struggles in math and this was just the thing she needed. went from a C to an A!!!!
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