1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Can anyone recommend me a good algebra book?

  1. Aug 6, 2011 #1
    I am not sure where to post this so sorry if I posted in the wrong forum.

    But my question is I took algebra 1 and 2 at high school but I forgot most it and my level of understanding in math is probably at the arithmetic level. Can anyone recommend me a good book for learning Algebra one for self study because I want to teach myself.
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 6, 2011 #2
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 26, 2017
  4. Aug 6, 2011 #3
    Alright I'll try those.
  5. Aug 6, 2011 #4
    The Schaum's books are good for review, but IMO not as good for learning from scratch, because they are extremely terse (which is what you want when reviewing).

    I'd recommend a basic algebra text if you think you have truly forgotten everything, or a precalculus text if you just feel shaky. The only precalc texts I'm personally familiar with are those by Stewart and Swokowski, and both are good. But you might go to Amazon and search for algebra and/or precalc texts, and just read the reviews. Every book seems to have a few people who don't like it for some reason, but try to find reviews from people who sound like they have the same concerns as you do, and see which books they rate highly.

    Be sure you are looking at BASIC algebra books; some advanced algebra books don't show it in their title. Look through the table of contents, and if you see topics like rings or fields, it's not what you want.

    And don't spend much money on texts. You can find plenty of free, public domain materials on the net, or if you prefer a book you can hold, an old used edition will work just as well as a brand new one.
  6. Aug 6, 2011 #5


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs has been very helpful to me.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook