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Thursday, July 26, 2012

No-Nonsense Algebra ~ a TOS review

In early June we were given the opportunity to review Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra. Mastering Algebra should not be stressful, No-Nonsense Algebra takes the stress out of it!


 No-Nonsense Algebra is written to the student with short, concise, self-contained lessons that are easy to understand and eliminates distractions. Review is also built into each lesson to ensure mastery of topics and full examples are given with step-by-step solutions. Chapter tests and a final exam allow you to measure student progress.

No-Nonsense Algebra was written by Richard W. Fisher, who says that Algebra does not have to be a long, drawn out boring subject. Each of the lessons presented is very short and sweet and gets right to the point. A feature that I really enjoy is that there is a video that corresponds to every lesson. It’s like having your own personal tutor for the $27.95 you pay for the book!  The code to access the video’s  online is self contained in the book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Necessary Tools for Algebra
Chapter 2 Solving Equations
Chapter 3 Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
Chapter 4 Solving and Graphing Inequalities
Chapter 5 Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 6 Polynomials
Chapter 7 Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
Chapter 8 Radical Expressions and Geometry
Chapter 9 Quadratic Equations
Chapter 10 Algebra Word Problems

I was able to use this book with Marie. She has had a great year with Algebra 1 but I wanted to touch a bit more on Quadratic Equations. So that is where we started in the book. She had great success and I would definitely recommend Alegbra program.


We also had the opportunity to review Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry. Marie does not begin her formal study of Geometry until August but looking at this book I know it will be a valuable resource to use. It contains 29 review exercises (no video instruction is included), along with a Final Test. Vocabulary, points, lines, planes, perimeter, area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem are just some of the topics that are covered. Geometry was not my strong point in my math studies so I am glad we will have a handy resource to turn to if we get stuck. Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry retails for just $11.95 a great  price for what you get!

Math Essentials offers math resources for grades 4 through high school. Check out all of the course offerings on the website.

Use Rick Fisher's Mastering Essential Math Skills for 20 minutes a day as directed. If you don't see what you feel are dramatically improved math test scores, send us a note saying so. You'll receive a prompt, complete refund - no questions asked!

                                                                              ~from the website

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Company ~ Math Essentials

Product/ Price ~ No-Nonsense Algebra, $27.95 with online video

                             ~ Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry,$11.95

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of No-Nonsense Algebra and Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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