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May2409, 09:44 AM

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This question is aimed primarily towards educators teaching math to grades 710. I am a math major doing some research in math education for a summer project I am working on. What are some of the standard texts currently in use for the subjects of prealgebra, algebra 1, and geometry? Also, what are the "best" texts for teaching these subjects? Again, my question is mainly for teachers, but all responses are appreciated.



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May2409, 10:35 AM

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I'm not a teacher but my high school uses the "Discovering [subject]: An Investigative Approach" series from key curriculum press in some of it's classes



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May2409, 10:55 AM

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For algebra 1 and 2, we use MartinGay's Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra, respectively. I like them because they usually have decent explanations and plenty of examples. However, there is not too much theory and the section on complex numbers is very weak. They're good for average students, although I've found that for many students the book doesn't matter. A lot of them just aren't mature enough to learn from a book.
For Geometry we use some book by Larson (I'm not teaching it this year). I don't care for it too much, but it's probably typical in the sense that everything they ask you to prove is pretty trivial. The best books, or so I've heard, are Gelfand's. 


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May2409, 05:28 PM

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Middle school and high school math texts



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May2409, 05:58 PM

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May2509, 08:25 AM

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Holt McDougal Pearson School Glencoe Go here to see some reviews of Algebra I textbooks by Mathematically Correct. I'm also a member of a homeschooling forum (though I don't have any children, go figure), and the most popular Algebra I books by homeschooling moms are the following: Elementary Algebra (Jacobs) Algebra 1: Expressions, Equations, and Applications (Foerster) Algebra: Structure and Method, Book 1 (Dolciani) Introductory Algebra (Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis) (note that this is a college book for remedial courses) 01 


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yeongil,
What opinion if any do you have about the Dolciani book of Algebra that you listed? My guess is that is it good or better, probably a good choice  just based on experience when I was a student at that level. Is "Lial", the same author who made the various Algebra books, sometimes with "Miller" during several years of the past? If this is the same Lial, then I would say those books are at least good or better, just based on association with past textbooks by the author. 


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yeongil,
Would you tell us what homeschooling forum you read? 


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May2609, 12:29 PM

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This is great. Thank you, yeongil, the list of the big suppliers is very much appreciated. You mentioned Jacobs Algebra book as a top choice for home schoolers. This book also came up in the link Howers posted. Is Jacobs geometry text, Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding just as popular?
Also, is there a place where I could obtain a 60's copy of Dolciani? I would like to get a copy of the newest version as well so I can see exactly what rigor was lost. Also, does anyone have experience with Serge Lang's book Geometry that he cowrote with Gene Murrow? 


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May2609, 12:42 PM

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Jacobs Algebra is good because the reading is short and to the point, and the exercises are your routine ones. It explains algebra really well and all concepts are explained intuitevly. Its ideal for a first exposure to algebra. Regarding geometry, the seeing/doing one is the third edition. It is significantly dumbed down. Proofs are omitted, the proof exercises have way too much hand holding, and its too colorful. Its still a good book if the focus of your class is not on rigor. But I would try to get the 2nd edition if you can, although at the quantity you need I don't think that will be possible. In conclusion, I think Jacobs meets your criteria for algebra: it is modern, includes everything from prealgebra to quadratic equations, with chapers on sequences and inequalities. I've had great success teaching it to grades 79. My only criticisms are that its a little on the easy side and some sections should be removed. Geometry is very good if you can find 2nd editions, but because that is out of print you might need to look elsewhere. 


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May2609, 12:58 PM

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wow, proofs omitted from a geometry text seems like sacrilege. However, I would actually only need two copies of the textbook so it may be feasible to try to find the 2nd edition.



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May2609, 01:52 PM

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I guess I sort of said they are omitted :p
I didn't mean all of them. Proofs are still there. But some have been removed. The exercises are also much easier now, because in proofs he basically tells you what to do. Overall its a lot more application driven rather than axiomatic, which kind of defeats the purpose of geometry. 


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May2709, 08:44 PM

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It's good to hear not all the proofs have been taken out. I'll probably look for a 2nd edition before I look at the newest one. What is the consensus on this book:
http://www.amazon.com/MathematicsEn...ref=pd_sim_b_3 and would it have material that would be suitable for grades 710? 


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