Michael Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Chicago State University, received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mike taught at Chicago State for 35 years before recently retiring. He is a native of Chicago’s South Side and divides his time between a home in Oak Lawn IL and a condo in Naples FL.
Mike is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. He is a past president of the Text and Academic Authors Association and is currently Treasurer of its Foundation. He is a member of the TAA Council of Fellows and was awarded the TAA Mike Keedy award in 1997 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In addition, he represents TAA on the Authors Coalition of America.
Clearly written. Most of the definitions are clear; some need just a phrase or two to complete for understanding the concepts. For families or tutors (as I am) a copy at home, this text will be useful, not just for Algebra 1, but through elementary school as concepts are introduced and through high school math courses for review of definitions of vocabulary which teachers assume students know.
Don't listen to what the other people are saying. I got first-hand experience on this book. I must say that this is probably the best and most easy to understand math book i have ever used. The answer key in the back allows the user to assure that their answers are correct. If you are considering buying this book, i must say YES, DEFINITELY BUY THIS BOOK, IT WILL BE WORTH YOUR WHILE!!!!
Marge Lial was always interested in math; it was her favorite subject in the first grade! Marge's intense desire to educate both her students and herself has inspired the writing of numerous best-selling textbooks. Marge, who received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from California State University at Sacramento, is affiliated with American River College. Marge is an avid reader and traveler. Her travel experiences often find their way into her books as applications, exercise sets, and feature sets. She is particularly interested in archeology. Trips to various digs and ruin sites have produced some fascinating problems for her textbooks involving such topics as the building of Mayan pyramids and the acoustics of ancient ball courts in the Yucatan.
This is a good textbook that coincides with the Common Core curriculum. It has good explanations and examples, but the answer key is lacking. I bought this to keep at home so I can help my 8th grader but I would like it better if all the questions had answers because I feel like I am learning Algebra all over again and I want to make sure I am helping him in the right way. The book has cartoon characters throughout that make it fun and it does a good job with the example problems.
Josh Rappaport is the author of the Parents' Choice award-winning Algebra Survival Guide, the Algebra Survival Guide Workbook, and PreAlgebra Blastoff. Josh is the co-author with Trudy Bortz of the Card Game Roundup books. Josh has taught middle school and high school, and for the last 24 years has been president of the Now I Get It! Learning Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he teaches and tutors children of all ages. Josh and his wife Kathy also do SAT and ACT coaching by Skype for students across North America.
This is a well thought out Algebra textbook. I started teaching from it earlier this year and have grown to appreciate it very much. I am especially pleased the more I compare this to other books. Most math books these days are little more than pretty colors, crazy fonts, neat pictures, lots of distractions, and very little actual math instruction. This book, on the other hand, actually focuses on the math, explains it reasonably well, and has great sets of real example problems and practice problems of all difficulty levels, including lots of practical problems that aren't forced or contrived. It is not perfect, but it is the best I have seen.
This book is extremely practical, It has so many real world applications. There are a ton of questions after each section and checkpoints in the subchapters. The review and test after each chapter really help.
It provides so many useful tips and notes to help you jump over common pitfalls.
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