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Really LIKE this textbook.
on November 14, 2015
It has been many years since I had to take a math class from my previous degree. With my career change, I had to take a college level class since they felt my previous algebra class was more of an intermediate class. This book was required for my college. I have to say - I REALLY like this book. It has made math very easy to pick back up again. We are not doing all the chapters in the book, but it has been really good at explaining the concepts, demonstrating how to get to the answers with many examples and then having practice exercises to do.
I don't know if it is because I have had college math in the past, but I think this textbook did an excellent job in clarifying how and why you perform a problem.
There were some problems that there were incomplete instructions. For example, Chapter 3: Logic, example 6. This was an example of an argument with 3 premises using a Truth Table. I had understood everything up until then. I even got most of the truth table done, BUT there were no instructions on what to do with the table results from the added third premise. Which column do I take to complete the truth table argument with the consequent, since there are three premises in the antecedent? It's like it is missing a step in explaining what to do with the third antecedent to complete the equation.
I also found a gap in my understanding in the Statistics chapter dealing with normal curves and deviations (Chapter 13.7). For some reason I could not "get" the higher level concepts and had a little trouble understanding parts of it. This was not necessarily the textbook, but my own mental block. ;-)
Overall I really liked the book. I think there were those couple of issues I noticed. My nephew is in 9th grade and I think I will pass it on to him to help him with areas he is having some challenges because it explains most concepts so well.