Wednesday, January 15, 2014

review of my first book

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Official Review: Algebra Simplified Basic & Intermediate

[Following is the official review of "Algebra Simplified Basic and Intermediate" by Kerry Kauffman.]

This is a textbook format Algebra book intended to assist the student in basic to intermediate algebra, and beginning college algebra. The author is Kerry Kauffman who has a Bachelor of Science in statistics and has tutored students such as you in many different subjects. He also assists students online at Kaplan University.

The preface explains in easy to read terms the intention of the book for example who and how it intends to help, how to use this book effectively and shows the author’s understanding of the needs of the student. This book also explains how to use this new found knowledge in everyday life which is always the million dollar question when it comes to algebra.

The index beautifully outlines each chapter making searching for your trouble areas a breeze. All key terms are in a bold text and are again defined in the glossary in the back of the book. Usually you don’t think you’ll do much reading in an algebra textbook, or even if you do you probably won’t understand anything anyway, but I found the chapter to be organized and easy to understand. All key terms are explained very well. I wish I had this book in high school.

Throughout the book the reader gets a sense of understanding from the author that is rare. The author understands the common troubles that are faced by algebra students. For example; word problems. I've met quite a few people who have told me that they never understood them and I even had trouble with them myself in school. The author has dedicated a whole section to them in the back of the book again using real life situations. Unlike many of our textbooks we had to use years ago the answer key in the back not only has the solutions, but the steps on how to get there. No more pulling a number out of thin air.

The book covers everything from the basic descriptions of numbers and what they are to basic college algebra. I would give this book a recommendation to be used in any school curriculum. I rate it a 4 out or 4 stars.

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