Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The textbook covers all of the chosen topics very well.
Accuracy rating: 5
All of the problems I checked were correct and well presented.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
It is hard to be outdated in general math problems and the application exercises will stand the test of time. It is written using traditional notation as well as textual notation allowing for easier emailing. This helps a great deal so students don't need extra technology to use the book effectively. I will use and reuse the book as long as I am assigned courses that align with the objectives.
Clarity rating: 4
It is well written. Some of the presentation of the math work and problems might confuse some students but overall ok.
I did love how ALL the steps were included in examples and exercise answers when there were multi-tiered problems. Students will clearly see how one step flowed to another.
Consistency rating: 5
Consistency is well done.
Modularity rating: 5
Chapters can be rearranged and skipped as needed without compromising the upcoming lessons. The book is very malleable as well. This book can fit many different Instructors' needs.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 4
I loved having objectives. It is easy using given objectives to plans lessons to meet course objectives and have students know immediately what is expected in that lesson. I have had expensive textbooks that didn't have written objectives.
The organization is similar to his other book Elementary Algebra and I like the sequence in both.
The author also sets students up for success with an eased in and early approach to concepts that are the foundation of future lessons (square root simplification for one).
Embedded videos are nice but the reinforcement of the necessity of hand working math problems is clear.
Interface rating: 5
I had no issues.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
I saw no grammatical issues, but I am also better at math than grammar.
Cultural Relevance rating: 4
I saw no cultural relevance concerns.
Key Takeaways and Tips charts are so helpful to students and instructors. If student questions interrupt an instructor's flow these extras will help ensure no point goes unmentioned. The Try This! option gives immediate extra exercises too. As I mentioned, listed objectives are so useful. Students need to know what they are expected to learn from any given lesson. This book helps increase student success by having multiple application problems from the get go so students can become comfortable with word problems--well as comfortable as developmental math students usually become. Also, exercise summaries have problems split by topic so students can easily find which examples of problems they need to work on. And there are a ton of homework problems for both the students and the instructor. this is a nice book that can easily be adapted to fit many needs. I appreciate all the effort John Redden put into this textbook--especially as an OER book. If you are new to OER, give John Redden a try. I suspect he will make you a fan.