Written by authorities in Mathematics, Algebra 1 (California Edition) by Stanley A. Smith provides an excellent foundation for Mathematics studies. Stanley A. Smith's style is excellently suited towards Mathematics studies, and will teach students the material clearly without overcomplicating the subject. This revision raises the bar for Algebra 1 (California Edition)'s high standard of excellence, making sure that it stays one of the foremost Mathematics studies textbooks.
Fabulous Algebra 1 book for students, teachers, and tutors
By Tinam on Mar 20, 2009
First off, I am a tutor to many Algebra 1 students, including some who take algebra with me for h.s. credit in lieu of taking it at school. I am very familiar w/myriad algebra texts. This book is a jazzier version of the 1994 publishing by Stanley Smith under the Addison Wesley label (owned by the same publishing house as Prentice Hall). I wrote in my review of the 1994 book that my only suggestion would be to take out Chapters 14 & 15 on probability and trig, as they don't really belong in an Alg 1 book. Coincidentally, this book has done exactly that. Hooray! The font, colors, typography, and imagery are more eye-catching than the bland 1994 book, and there are fewer problems of the purely "drill, drill" variety. They've replaced some of those problems with more challenging application problems toward the end of each assignment, but there are still sufficient problems for assigning many practice & drill problems. In fact, most of the problems are exactly the same as in the 1994 text. Overall, it's a nice improvement over the older text. They made it more visually and otherwise interesting *without* sacrificing content, as so many algebra texts do. This alone sets it apart from the majority of US-published algebra texts out there. (I tend to agree with a former teacher of mine when he said that, in his experience, the quality of a text is inversely proportional to the number of pretty pictures in it.) :-) I will continue to refer my students to algebra texts authored by Stanley Smith.
Algebra 1 Received
By Trish on Jan 11, 2014
I bought this for a 70+ friend and hope to borrow it from him at some point - love algebra and looking forward to a little review
By Javier Flores on Aug 03, 2013
Bought it for my younger brother to get a head start In the summer. May be an old version but it provides a great foundation.
Used and in perfect condition!
By Deerocklove on Sep 30, 2012
I am very satisfied! Book is in great condition! Love it, it has helped me review for a big test. Very helpful
By Mohogany on Mar 29, 2014
Serves it purpose as a replacement to my son's lost algebra book. Used book arrived as described and pretty fast.
Teachers can afford to buy books for students
By Donna J. Madden on Jun 26, 2011
This book was in perfect condition. I was able to buy it for a student that didn't have an Algebra book. It arrived very quickly, and his mom (not so much the student) was thrilled.
high school algebra
By E. Rivera on Jan 20, 2012
Great book to review or improve algebra for high school. Covers all important concepts. Great for anyone having trouble learning the basics.