A First Book in Algebra

Written by: Wallace C. Boyden

Don’t let the copyright date deter you. This 1895 online algebra book is one that presents the material quickly and clearly. It doesn’t have a lot of the fluff and nonsense that more modern algebra textbooks suffer from.

Let me give you an example, this is the first paragraph of the text,

Algebra is so much like arithmetic that all that you know about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, the signs that you have been using and the ways of working out problems, will be very useful to you in this study. There are two things the introduction of which really makes all the difference between arithmetic and algebra. One of these is the use of letters to represent numbers, and you will see in the following exercises that this change makes the solution of problems much easier.

As you can see, the author wrote using simple language. He does not want to impress you with his fancy vocabulary but rather show how algebra isn’t anything more than a slightly different way of doing the math that students have been learning since the time they started counting.

The only shortcoming with this online algebra book is that it was not designed as self-study course as the solutions to the practice problems are not available.

Chapters in A First Book in Algebra Online Textbook

  • Algebraic Notation
  • Operations
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Fractions
  • Equations (Simple, Simultaneous, Quadratic)

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A First Book in Algebra

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