A First Algebra Book has a bit of age on it but this introductory online algebra book is designed for young students being introduced to doing math with letters.
Free Mathematics Textbooks
There were two subjects where having a small collection of thrift store used textbooks aided in my success – high school biology and college calculus. I don’t know how I would have gotten through 4th semester calculus without those extra books.
Today’s math students are lucky in that many courses are now being taught from freely available online materials. Even if you are not using an online mathematics textbook, the many included here on The Free Textbook list should provide extra help, should you need it.
Returning students have the added challenge of trying to remember material they may not have seen in years. In year’s past, that usually created the need to retake a course or pay for private tutoring. Now, the returning student or anyone needing a little extra practice can look to the web to find numerous materials to learn from. They can study at their own pace or pick and choose the topics they need to review.
Open Textbook Revolution
Mathematics was one of those subjects where students are quite frequently forced to purchase new textbooks when the material being presented was pretty much the same as the previous version(s). One of my assigned texts actually was a very close match for a text published decades earlier by the same publisher. Some of the authors featured here on The Free Textbook List are finally living the dream of writing their own textbook others are embracing the Open Textbook Revolution that is offering more and more free learning materials to math students.
About Mathematical Symbols
Mathematics, by it’s very nature uses many symbols. I’ve debated on using them or not within the tables of contents. Do I use “pi” or the symbol we all know as pi? And, how would that affect the search feature. For now, I’ve opted to primarily stick to straight text to make searching this site a bit easier. So, for example, x2 becomes x2 and you should search for pi rather than it’s symbol.