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Please recommend me a good math book prior to taking trigonometry

  1. Nov 9, 2014 #1
    Hello, I asked for help on the "Science & Math Textbooks" subforum, but it looks like there are not many users in there. So I hope you don't mind if I ask for help in this subforum since I need help on this soon.

    Copy and paste from my other thread:
    "Hello, it has been a few years since I took an algebra class, and therefore I have already forgotten a lot of material. I will be taking a college trigonometry class soon during winter session and I was wondering if you could recommend me a good Algebra I and II book to review before taking the class. I will be taking, at a later time, pre-calculus, calculus I, calculus II, etc. so, if the book covers some of that material as well, it would be a good plus.

    Please recommend me only books. I know there is a lot of free material, including videos, online, but I prefer a book."

    The user "slider142" replied to me and recommended me the following books: "Sheldon Axler's Algebra and Trigonometry is nice, and so is Lang's Basic Mathematics. I also recommend What Is Mathematics? just for fun, if you have the time."

    However, I replied by saying that those books are more than 500 pages and that I won't be able to read most pages from either book since my class begins a month and a few weeks from now, and I also need to get ready for another class.

    So, could you guys recommend me some shorter math books? What do you think of the following book?
    https://www.amazon.com/Precalculus-...Mathematics in a Nutshell&tag=viglink20267-20
     
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  3. Nov 10, 2014 #2

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    Older, or even not so old books for Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, from the authors: Aufmann & Barker; Wright & New, Lial; Lial & Miller; (not sure of spelling for this one, but) Sergenfeu; Drooyan.
     
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  4. Nov 10, 2014 #3
    Some of the books from those authors are extremely cheap if bought used (it looks like Amazon sellers are trying to get rid of them and the buyer has to pay for shipping only); however, the books are about the same in lenght as the books mentioned above. Thank you very much for your help
     
  5. Nov 11, 2014 #4

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    The reasons that I recommend such books is just as you say, that they ARE very low priced; and they are often very easy to find at booksales, especially community library booksales. The instructional quality contained in them is also excellent.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2014 #5
    Alright, thank you for your suggestion, I will take a look at them when I have more free time later.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2014 #6

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    The highest price I paid for ANY used, old mathematics book from a library booksale was $2.
     
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