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    Good college algebra textbook?

    Please note: I considered posting this in the Algebra 1 + 2 forum, but that seems dedicated to questions about specific problems and I didn't want to clutter it up, so I thought I would ask here: Can anyone recommend a good "college algebra" textbook, preferably something that can be found used for cheap on the Amazon marketplace? I'm finding that a lot of the errors I make while working through my calculus textbook are based on either not remembering or never being taught certain rules of how to solve algebraic equations, and I think a textbook for reference use would be very helpful in fixing this.

    Any suggestions?

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    "Calculus made easy", by Martin Gardner; probably available at your local library...
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    Any other suggestions? Based on the reviews that's not quite what I'm looking for.

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    Suggest you conduct your own "review" ... get my drift?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Geologist View Post
    Please note: I considered posting this in the Algebra 1 + 2 forum, but that seems dedicated to questions about specific problems and I didn't want to clutter it up, so I thought I would ask here: Can anyone recommend a good "college algebra" textbook, preferably something that can be found used for cheap on the Amazon marketplace? I'm finding that a lot of the errors I make while working through my calculus textbook are based on either not remembering or never being taught certain rules of how to solve algebraic equations, and I think a textbook for reference use would be very helpful in fixing this.
    There hundreds of College Algebra available on the used book list at Amazon.
    I would suggest picking one written in the 1970's or 80's.
    Because of the lack of use of technology, you get a better actual working knowledge of the basics.
    Here is a good one, Any one by that author will be good.
    “A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep”
    W.H. Auden

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    I found that "College Algebra" - Spiegel - Schaum Outline Series to be useful as reference book.
    “... mathematics is only the art of saying the same thing in different words” - B. Russell

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    I did some digging on Amazon and settled on the fourth edition of Blitzer's "College Algebra". It seems to be what I'm looking for: Plenty of tough examples with detailed instructions on how to complete problems, the rules behind them, and all that other good stuff. Not to mention, I find it hard to argue with a one cent textbook! I'll also take a look at "Calculus Made Easy" I can find it at the library or get a chance to stop by a book store when I'm out of town. (No book stores in town.) Thanks for all the advice.

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