Comprehensiveness rating: 1 read less
This book is a comprehensive textbook. It does cover all the materials that we need to cover by our college mathematics course MATH-120 and MATH-121.
This book does not provide an effective index and glossary. However, users can use the content list to find the section needed. Yes, this is a good question: the authors should spend a little more time to develop an index and glossary that may help students and other learners.
Accuracy rating: 5
The contents in this book are basic algebra and trigonometry. I did not find significant error. I believe it is unbiased.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The contents are fundamental algebra and trigonometry concepts/skills that have not been changed too much over long period of time. So, it is fine. The teachers who use this book may add in other application problems as needed -- this happen to my teaching all the time whenever what textbook I use.
I do feel this book is a little bit too long though. Properly shorten it may be a good idea.
Clarity rating: 4
Yes, I think this book provides adequate context for the jargon/technical terminology used.
Based on my experience this book is easy to read by students.
Consistency rating: 5
I would say that it is not easy to keep internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework by these many authors. I was surprised that it is just fine. I feel it is quite consistent.
Modularity rating: 5
Yes, the book contents are arranged into 13 chapters. It is quite easy to select the topics needed to make a course with 3-credit, 4-credit, or 5-credit. This book certainly provides enough optional contents for our sequence of two 4-credit courses (algebra and trigonometry)
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
Yes, the topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.
Interface rating: 4
I reviewed this book using the online book version. Book loading is relatively slow. Navigating from chapter to chapter online takes a while to load. This book has over a thousand pages!
Once it loaded up, the text is clear, the pictures are very nice, too.
Grammatical Errors rating: 3
I didn't see grammatical errors.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
This book definitely is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. This book should be acceptable by all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds including international usage.
1. For convenience, I would suggest the authors to add an index and/or glossary that may help students to learn.
2. Some chapters were a little bit too long. Try to avoid including several quite similar examples.
3. The online content list has no page number -- I am not sure the paper copy since I didn't see -- better add it on. It would be nice if user can online navigate using page numbers.