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Sullivan's Algebra and Trig somehow doesn't have much useful information. The concepts aren't explained well at all
, August 7, 2014
This review is from: Algebra and Trigonometry, Books a la Carte Edition (9th Edition) (Loose Leaf)
Note: This review is for the a la carte edition.
I'm one of those weirdoes who gets my books as soon as possible, and spend the summer scanning them, before I go to class. This is the first one I opened, since it's been about, oh, 30 years since I last took a math class (not a typo). Man, have textbooks changed, and not just the prices! I can't remember books being this expensive, yet this cheaply made.
For such a huge, heavy book, with over 1200 pages and shockingly small/faint print in more places than you'd believe, Sullivan's Algebra and Trig somehow doesn't have much useful information. The concepts aren't explained well at all. They're usually just flopped out there, and it's up to your professor to explain everything. If you have the speed demon type of professor who flies over topics, never really explaining them, then you'd better become very familiar with Khan Academy. This book won't help when you go home and try to find the explanation for what Professor Speed Demon glossed over in class that day.
The book itself:
I'm shocked that there's a bound edition. I'd have to kill myself at the idea of lugging this behemoth to class and back twice a week. That's why I got the a la carte. I've split the book in half into 2 1" binders. I'll take out what I need for class in a flexible 1 inch binder with my spiral notebook and graph paper. I used dividers between each chapter for a very specific reason: so that I won't have to pick through huge chunks of the book every single time I want to look for something in this travesty of a textbook.
The pages of the book itself are shockingly crappy. They're shiny AND flimsy thin, like a cheap magazine's pages, which makes it nearly impossible to flip through the book to a page you'll need. The gloss a) makes a book so large even heaver than it has to be, and b) makes the pages stick to things like plastic view binders or folder pockets. The thinness makes the pages wad up/wrinkle easily, and difficult to sift through. About two weeks into the semester, I have a feeling that I'd find that the back and sometimes front pages will have wadded up, wrinkled or even pulled away from the rings of a plastic binder. It's like gloss and plastic want to be Siamese twins, because the gloss always sticks to the binder, and when you open it, the pages go rrrrriiipppp from the ring. Fortunately, the a la carte edtion comes with some thick cardboard dividers, probably to prevent even more tearing of the flimsy pages. Use them in the front and back to keep this from happening; however, you'll still want or spring for some paper page dividers, to make it easier to flip through the book to what you'll need, like how all those idiotic set symbols work, which I can never seem to remember.
The only nice things about the book are the pictures and colors--very nice, thanks to that infernal gloss. It seems to be a comprehensive book, for people who will be taking more advanced mathematics down the line. Maybe next semester, when I don't need to buy another math book, the endless pages of this door stop will make sense, even if the content won't without a professor explaining how things work.
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