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Good Basic Algebra Refresher Book

  1. Nov 15, 2009 #1
    I am currently enrolled in Calculus I and am doing fine, the class is very easy as far as calculus concepts go but I struggle with the algebra. It's been 4-5 years since I took algebra so I don't remember a whole lot and really don't want to take the class over.

    With that said, are there any books that cover what I am looking for? I don't need super in-depth algebra, I can learn that as I go, just something that helps with simplifying/moving around terms, synthetic division, logarithms, aka anything that is needed algebra-wise that is used most commonly in calculus.

    I'm thinking something I can play around with during Christmas break. So I'd like to be able to get through it in about a month.

    Oh yeah...maybe basic trig as well. Now that I'm typing this out...maybe I am best suited with something you'd take before calculus, like a "basics you should know before taking calculus" type thing?
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  3. Nov 20, 2009 #2
    The two books, Algebra and Trigonometry, by Israel Gelfand. They are short and sweet.
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