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Book Review

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra Word Problems

While I am put off by any title that begins with any variation of “The Idiot’s Guide to,” I found this book one that could be a welcome source of supplementary material for algebra teachers.

For some reason, many math students seem to find word problems (story problems) to be daunting. Fotiyeva intends to take the mystery out of these problems by showing students: how to read problems analytically and find the key information, understand the differences between the major types of word problems, and learn how to use the basic formula for each category of problem. The book also contains a detailed answer key for the practice problems the author provides.