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Suggestions for algebra books.

paulmdrdo

Active member
May 13, 2013
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what college algebra ebooks can you recommend, with exercises that are quite challenging. because i have some college algebra ebooks, but i find the exercises there not intellectually stimulating.( i'm asking about college algebra that are taught in undergraduate programs).
 

caffeinemachine

Well-known member
MHB Math Scholar
Mar 10, 2012
834
what college algebra ebooks can you recommend, with exercises that are quite challenging. because i have some college algebra ebooks, but i find the exercises there not intellectually stimulating.( i'm asking about college algebra that are taught in undergraduate programs).
Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein is a perfect book to read college algebra from. There are more advanced texts available too but if you are a beginner at college algebra I don't think there's a better book.
 

Ackbach

Indicium Physicus
Staff member
Jan 26, 2012
4,192
what college algebra ebooks can you recommend, with exercises that are quite challenging. because i have some college algebra ebooks, but i find the exercises there not intellectually stimulating.( i'm asking about college algebra that are taught in undergraduate programs).
Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein is a perfect book to read college algebra from. There are more advanced texts available too but if you are a beginner at college algebra I don't think there's a better book.
@paulmdrdo: I'm not sure about your country, but here in the US, college algebra is a very much more basic course than abstract algebra. Here is a typical college algebra text. As you can see, the level of the material is somewhere between high school Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. This is opposed to abstract algebra, which is a junior or senior level mathematics course in college. caffeinemachine gave you one link to a typical abstract algebra book. My favorite is actually Abstract Algebra, by the same author.

Which kind of algebra did you have in mind in the OP?