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About this book
Introduction
This book addresses college students' weak foundation in algebra, its causes, and potential solutions to improve their longterm success and understanding in mathematics as a whole. The authors, who are experts in a wide variety of fields, emphasize that these difficulties are more complex than just forgotten rules, and offer strategic approaches from a number of angles that will increase the chances of student understanding. Instructors who are frustrated with their students’ lack of skills and knowledge at college level will find this volume helpful, as the authors confront the deeper reasons why students have difficulties with Algebra and reveal how to remedy the issue.
Middle school, college algebra, calculus, and linear algebra teachers can all benefit from this book. Becoming proficient with algebra is a complex task—much more so than it appears to those who were successful the first time around. Furthermore, according to neuroscience studies, manipulating s
ymbolic expressions requires considerable cognitive effort even for those who are proficient. In addition, ‘metbefores’ in the form of prior arithmetic thinking can thwart algebraic thinking. All this, and more, is considered in a readable way in this book.Annie Selden
Keywords
Mathematics education College mathematics education College algebra Neuroscience and mathematics education Algebra education Learning algebra Algebra anxiety
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Bibliographic information
 Book Title And the Rest is Just Algebra

Editors
Sepideh Stewart
 DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/9783319450537
 Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
 Publisher Name Springer, Cham
 eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
 Hardcover ISBN 9783319450520
 Softcover ISBN 9783319831985
 eBook ISBN 9783319450537
 Edition Number 1
 Number of Pages XX, 238
 Number of Illustrations 70 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour

Topics
Mathematics Education
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Reviews
“And the Rest is Just Algebra is a book that addresses the increasing weakness in algebra skills among college students. It not only considers the causes of the algebra deficiency but also offers potential solutions for how to improve students’ longterm success and understanding of mathematics. … Instructors who are frustrated with students’ misunderstanding of algebra will find this book most helpful. … I highly recommend this book … .” (Peter T. Olszewski, MAA Reviews, maa.org, April, 2017)