Introductory Algebra

March 25, 2021 | Updated: July 20, 2021
Author: Izabela Mazur, Thompson Rivers University

This textbook is aligned with the British Columbia Adult Basic Education learning outcomes for Mathematics: Intermediate Level Algebra. The textbook introduces the fundamental concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry while addressing the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles. Each topic builds upon previously developed material to demonstrate the cohesiveness and structure of mathematics. This text was adapted from Elementary Algebra and Prealgebra, textbooks originally published by OpenStax.

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Reviews (1) Avg: 4.8 / 5

Paul Jaswal

Institution:Camosun CollegeTitle/Position: Math: Instructor/Instructoral AssistantCreative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

Yes the text flows well:

Starting with Numbers, Operations, Measurement (Perimeter, Area, Volume), Ratio/Percent, First Degree Equations and Linear Graphing, Powers/Roots, Polynomials, and Trigonometry.

The Index/Glossary is provided at the end of each Chapter Section

Suggestion: Chapter Section Index/Glossary could also be condensed at the then of the Chapter or the back of book for quick reference/review.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

Content is well organized, diagrams are clear and proportional, work/questions I checked (3-10 random ones at the end of each section) were correct.

Suggestion: Maybe the book could come with a test generator, also diagram 21 & 22 on pg. 418 the "3" is not in the correct place or hard to know what side it refers to.

Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

Introductory Math content has not changed or will not change for some time so no issues here. All the chapters cover the material thoroughly. Text is written in a simple yet organized way that one can easily add or remove questions and material. This simplicity is also helpful for student who take this course as they may/will have anxiety with Math, consistency helps.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

Text is clean and concise, at the end of each section "Key Concepts", "Glossary of Terms", and questions are provided.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The text is very user friendly, in each chapter section the Learning Objectives are in Black, Examples are in Red, Vocabulary/Key Ideas are in Green, and Examples to test your learning are in Blue. End of each section there are ample questions with answers provided on the next page, this is great so you are not wasting time to look for the answers at the back of the book.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

Yes, again the author has done well here. There are 9 Chapters with 3-8 sub-sections in each chapter. This allows for the instructor to cover all or just parts of the chapter. You can also use this with future Math courses when you need to just review one r two concepts.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

Yes clean and clear as discussed in questions 4, 5, and 6. Ch. 3 and Ch. 4 could be interchanged, as for me Ratio/Percent tie into fractions easily. Although, revisiting the concepts after/again is always good practice in an introductory course.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

No issues here, text is provided in simple clean text format. The text is also available in various text types (hard copy, PDF, Word, etc.

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

For the many pages I read, grammar/spelling was not an issue. Although, I did not read every page of the text.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

Yes, within the word problems these were addressed with care.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

Overall, yes very good book that is available as online version or as a hard copy. This flexibility will be useful to many instructions as we shift more to a blended learning model.