My web pages give in-a-nutshell lessons,
together with free unlimited practice and worksheets.
Want more detailed instruction, more exercises? You've come to the right place!
The PRINT version
is for those of us who like to
highlight, write in margins,
feel the paper between our fingers.
For the DIGITAL version, use the BUY NOW button below.
One Mathematical Cat, Please!
A First Course in Algebra
digital version (a single pdf file, 3.4 MB)
See Table of Contents below.
When you buy,
you'll receive an email with a download link.
(So, check your email after checking out!)
ABOUT THE CAT-IN-HAMMOCK BOOK
This is not just another algebra book. An entire website supports and
extends this text. The book and website each stand alone as a learning environment.
Together, they're a dynamic duo.
While you're learning algebra, you'll also learn that numbers have lots of different names, and that math is the renaming tool.
You'll learn that ‘$\,x\,$’ is to math as ‘cat’ is to English.
The algebra book (cat-in-hammock) has the original cat book (cat-on-swing) embedded in it, so you don't need both.
Reviewers and users write:
- “... wonderfully written and crafted with a care you rarely see”
- “... will do a great service to the mathematical educational world”
- “... the need for this book is immense”
- “... I found meat, potatoes, and pie on every page. It's all dessert.”
- “... never seen anything so supportive and affirming and reassuring and inspiring as the way you talk us through topics”
- “THIS IS GREAT!!!! . . . this is helping me get heads above the competition. You rock!!!! One Mathematical Cat drives me wild.”
There are over 175 web exercises that go directly with the algebra book.
All free. All agreeing perfectly with the textsame order of lessons, same notation,
same writing style. Free randomly-generated exercises. Free unlimited worksheets/quizzes.
Algebra Pinball. Never again will someone say they
don't have enough practice.
Here's a review of the cat-on-swing book (which is embedded in the algebra book).
Here are some testimonials from over the years.
Free Digital Copies for Students
Teachers who purchase the $10.00 pdf file can make as many copies as needed for their students.
(Just be sure to preserve the copyright notices.)
Stress-Free Homework and Quizzes
If teachers use the online randomly-generated worksheets for quizzes/homework, then student stress levels are greatly diminished.
Students can click-click-click to be confident they're prepared.
Active Reading Exercises
‘Active reading’ exercises check that learners are ‘getting it’.
Take a look at exercises 111 in this sample section (answers at the end).
It is the author's intention that every reader do every active reading exercise. They're quick-and-easy,
but cause you to ‘take pause’ and digest new information.
Teachers can use Algebra Pinball to reward students for
mastering basic skills.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me (Dr. Carol JVF Burns, author and website creator):
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