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What's a good math book? My sister is a high school drop out and pretty much knows how to add, subtract and the like. Last night, she called me concerned that when her kids start school in a few years she won't be able to assist them with their math homework, and asked me to find a good easy-to-understand book that will teach her from very basic math (adding, subtracting) on to more complex mathematics. Any suggestions?post:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633Fri, 01 Jul 2005 06:21:09 -0800missedbasicmathmathtextbooksBy: carmen
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The key to math is working through a lot of questions, so if she is serious, she needs to look for a book with lots of exercises. I used to teach GED prep courses, and I think that any GED prep book focused on math would be a good place to start. They generally have nicely laid out examples and lots of practice questions that work up gradually.<br>
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Once she has worked through a GED book, she may need to get a more advanced book for certain subject areas. She could note which types of math she needs more work with and then look for another book, perhaps a <a href="http://www.fetchbook.info/Schaum's_Outline_Of_Theory_And_Problems_Of_Precalculus.html">Schaum's guide</a> (there are more than this one).<br>
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I also did a quick search and found some free resources for GED level math <a href="http://www.businessbookmall.com/Mathematics%20Internet%20Library.htm">here</a>. Although I cannot vouch for its quality, the site looks pretty decent and appears to be free. (Lessons index <a href="http://www.businessbookmall.com/Test-Prep%20Mathematics%20Whole%20Numbers.htm">here</a>)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336112Fri, 01 Jul 2005 07:00:17 -0800carmenBy: catkins
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Teachers are often available for tutoring on both an after-school (free) and private ($$$) basis. If she's uncomfortable with math, those may be better solutions than trying to learn it all, for the first time, as an adult.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336169Fri, 01 Jul 2005 09:21:14 -0800catkinsBy: maryh
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She might want to see if she can find <a href="http://www.teach12.com/store/course.asp?id=104&d=High+School+Level%26%238212%3BBasic+Math">this video series</a> at her local library. It's a very good refresher course. But working with excercises is a must, too.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336180Fri, 01 Jul 2005 09:55:40 -0800maryhBy: willnot
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What about her children's text books each year? She could either get theirs or see if it's possible to get a duplicate copy for herself. As long as she reads and works ahead a little bit, she should be in a good position to help her kids. That also saves her the bother of learning it all now only to forget it again in a couple of years when she needs it.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336227Fri, 01 Jul 2005 11:39:42 -0800willnotBy: Gable Oak
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For the more advanced levels of math, I'll recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0071390162/qid=1120243947/"> Bob</a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0071452877/qid=1120244223/">Miller's</a> books. He has a very accessible writing style with some great sample problems. Indeed-- they're math books that are readable AND have practical advice on filtering the "need to know" from the "nice to know." Have your sis read a few sample pages to see if she'd find them helpful!<br>
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Spoken from experience, it can be extremely difficult to learn straight from a textbook or Schaum's outline. It requires a lot of discipline when you can't work out the answer from the answer key or even from the steps provided. Miller fills the gap between explanation and understanding.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336237Fri, 01 Jul 2005 12:21:39 -0800Gable OakBy: konolia
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Saxon Math. His series of textbooks is killer. If she knows any homeschoolers, check with them, as often there are used books out there. (And yes, I used them when I homeschooled mine. Previously I was a mathophobe and I learned right along with them. )comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336257Fri, 01 Jul 2005 13:59:16 -0800konoliaBy: five fresh fish
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She can learn as the kids are learning. And it'll be more effective, more often, than if she's pre-learning. Her reading skills alone will give her the required edge.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336339Fri, 01 Jul 2005 17:25:52 -0800five fresh fishBy: Alt F4
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<a href="http://wtmboards.com/saleswapdec17/">Here are some used Saxon Math curricula for sale.</a> If you're looking for good reviews of basic math texts, check out The Well-Trained Mind at your local library or bookstore or whatever.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2005:site.20633-336377Fri, 01 Jul 2005 19:30:07 -0800Alt F4