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    Algebra study?

    How about Pre-calculas study software for an adult returning to school?


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    Re: Algebra study?

    Jim,

    There are TONS of Algebra and study programs around the net. Some freeware, some paid types. I would try some of the freebies first. There are some decent ones like Beth's Algebra that are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> to DL.

    Just Google around for algebra study. Check them out.

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    Re: Algebra study?

    What about a textbook? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> As much as I respect the value of a lot of software, I've found many of these programmed learning approaches to be a poor second to a good, traditional hardcopy.

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    Re: Algebra study?

    I agree with Alan. Get a hold of a Schaum's Outline Series book. (I'm guessing they still publish them, but mine are 40 years old. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Algebra study?

    The first thing you need to know is the origin of the word!

    <font color=blue>"In ancient Rome, carriages were used as taxis to transport people. Each time the wheel of the carriage turned, a pebble, a calculus, dropped from a container into another. In the end of the ride, the driver counted how many pebbles had dropped, and that determined the price of the transportation. This is how the words calculus and calculate got their present mathematical meaning."</font color=blue>
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Algebra study?

    This list of math sites may help:

    BJ Pinchbeck's Math Sites

    This list of sites seems to be in the area of back to school pre-calculus and has sites divided by area of math.

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    They told me that uni was a con. To think I spent all those years and all that money learning that. It's little wonder that so many maths/ science graduates end up driving taxis! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Algebra study?

    I too second reading a good book. Out of the English authors I've read I can recommend Stanley I. Grossman's Linear Algebra (Algebra Lineal in Spanish). It's however good to keep a second an third book handy <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.

    A popular paid software list would include Mathematica, E-Views, Matlab. These are not so basic though. I've occasionally seen E-Views put to use and Mathematica is not what you'd call user-friendy for a beginner. But you might want to check them in a future.

    Now, to complete John's ethimological approach: http://www.ualr.edu/~lasmoller/aljabr.html
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