I'm now back in university, after being away for 3 years. Hurray! During my first term back (winter term), I need to take an introductory Algebra course in order to meet a prerequisite for an upper-year Psychology research class. The problem is, I haven't taken any Math classes since high school (so well over 5 years) and it has never really been my forte. No doubt it, this course is making me incredibly nervous. To top it off, the textbook required ("Mathematics with Applications
") for the course is supposedly incredibly hard to follow. I'm a big fan of easy-to-read literature, with lots of thorough examples and test questions; but I admit, the reviews about this text sound like it contains anything but.
Here is a gist of what we will cover: linear equations, exponential functions, matrices, system of functions, probability, compound interest.
It's a little early, but I'd like to get my hands on a textbook/resource to make me familiar with some of these concepts before I start the actual class. Is there an introductory algebra book that you liked, and would recommend?