A good book for teaching yourself algebra?
January 23, 2010 1:34 PM Subscribe
Any recommendations for self-teaching guides to high school level math?
posted by LastOfHisKind to education (12 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I know a person who dropped out of high school a couple of decades ago in his third year but roughly at freshman level because he kept getting held back for poor performance. A few years later he got himself sorted out and earned his GED. Skip forward to present day and he's highly motivated to go get a college degree and move out of the blue collar workforce into something more intellectual. The local community college has a sequence of three remedial level, not for degree credit, math classes that prepare students to take college algebra. He took the first one of those last semester and did really well. He would have taken the second one this semester but, due to a bureaucratic snafu, isn't able to do so. But, like I said, he's motivated and is interested in doing work on his own this semester to either place out of the course he would have taken this semester or at least go into it with enough knowledge that it becomes relatively easy. I'm more than able to explain the concepts and help with problems but I don't have enough time to actually teach all of the material to him. Here's the course description:
This course is a study of the basic algebra of solving and graphing linear equations, inequalities, and systems. Other topics include formulas, literal equations, polynomials, integral exponents, factoring, basic operations of radicals, and rational expressions. Algebraic and basic geometric applications are included.
I've always had great success with self-teaching guides that function like programmed texts as in "Here's a concept, here's an example, here's a problem, try the first step and turn the page to see if you got the correct sub-answer, then we'll move on to the next step..." One example I can find on Amazon is called Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide by Selby and Slavin but I'm sure there are others.
I'm curious if anybody has recommendations for a good book along these lines, ideally based upon personal experience.