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A Good Book Considering,
This review is from: Math the Easy Way (Barron's E-Z) (Paperback)I had to take a Math Entrance Exam at the college and didn't want to be placed in a remedial Math Course, so I purchased this book along with Painless Algebra. I did not care for the fairy tale story as it explains each reason for an Algebraic equation. They could have done without the Gremlin parts, but I guess they were trying to make it interesting for young readers--Couldn't they have come up with a better opposition to problems that having a gremlin creature? I guess that is my pet peeve.
The first few chapters were great as far as illustrating step-by-step on how to do each equation, then somewhere they lost me as they begin omitting the step-by-step explainations. I am a visual learner and like to see how they arrived at that answer; otherwise, I am just plain lost. Since my exam was fast approaching, I switched over to Painless Algebra by Barron Series and it was overall great. I got a 91 on the Algebra part, permitting me to take Intermediate Algebra. Had I stuck with this book, what I needed for the graphs, diagrams cos, tan, sin, etc. would have passed the College Algebra Part. THIS BOOK LOST ME ON THE FIRST CHAPTER EXPLAINING THESE GRAPHS, ETC. Again, they omitted a step or two because I can not figure how they arrived at their answers. I did find myself skipping sections because of this. Why some chapters did an excellent job of explaining and why others did not is beyond me.
Overall, I guess this book is worth buying as there were not too many to choose from and these were the best of the bunch being offered. Better to learn something than nothing.
I wish I could find Algebra and higher math workbooks like they offer for children. The DK Math Made Easy series is an excellent children's math book. Why can't they make them for Algebra and higher math? They go step by step and repeat, slowly getting harder in each section without you knowing it.