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Looking for a solid math book

  1. Jul 6, 2011 #1
    Hello guys,

    I will soon be stepping into the IB1 program and before I start school in late august, I wish to properly* review my maths (including but not limited to algebra, geometry, functions, graphs, etc).

    * I really need to strengthen my mathematical foundation. I'm looking forward to be well acquainted with the topics, learn it inside out. I'm not expecting to merely skim through the subjects and apply the rules/formulas. I would ideally like to be also acquainted with simple but logical proofs in conjunction to what I will read or learn.

    Now with this in consideration, which books would you recommend? Note: it should at least contain review material from grades 7-12!

    1. International Baccalaureate, in my case I will be taking the course at the Higher Level.

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  3. Jul 7, 2011 #2
    Anyone? :)
  4. Jul 7, 2011 #3
    From my own experience, I think it's best to learn from a variety of sources if you don't want to simply memorize the formula. I haven't found a book that covers all bases in great detail (like you said, where this and that comes from, why this operation isn't allowed etc.) but I seem to be getting by alright by learning from the Khan Academy and patrickJMT videos and doing exercises from high school textbooks (which have extremely vague explanations).

    If there's something that just won't click, you can always ask the internet :p
  5. Jul 16, 2011 #4
    I've never these, just giving you some ideas.

    These two are highly rated on amazon:

    Algebra - A self teaching guide
    4.5/5 stars - 94 reviews
    https://www.amazon.com/Geometry-Rev..._1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310876743&sr=1-15" 5/5 stars - 9 reviews
    I haven't read it (yet), but Euclid's Elements is THE euclidean geometry book (go figure).
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