Discuss on Mathematics Textbooks Comparison

In its effort to improve the performance of mathematics among the students, the US government has allowed the establishment of various mathematics textbook publishers. Some of the notable publishers include Addison Wesley & Benjamin Cummings, American Mathematical Society, Athena Scientific, Chartwell-Yorke, and Copernicus among others.

Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications is a mathematics textbook that was written by Thomas Judson. Having been reviewed by Linda Pedersen, a professor of Mathematics, the book is useful for community college students. Additionally, the book is useful for science and math majors. Some of the notable aspects of Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications book is that it is well designed, innovative in the approach it emulates, as well as being adaptive. Contrary to the approaches used by other mathematics books, this book employs the approach of introducing examples first followed by proofs and then formal definitions (Benson, 2000). One of the major advantages of Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications book is that it provides answers to the well-chosen exercises that it provides. To make the students appropriately understand the concepts covered by the book, each of the chapters provides a section of history as well as the applications of the theory. In this way, the students can effectively tackle the exercises provided at the end of each chapter. In terms of accuracy, readability, interface, consistency, reading level, content usefulness, modularity, and clarity the book has a maximum rating of 5. However, the book does not cover aspects of cultural relevance. This makes it different from other books such as Applied Finite Mathematics which has a rating of 4.9 in terms of cultural relevance.

A First Course in Linear Algebra is another useful book for mathematics students. The author, Robert Beezer, covers quite many areas aimed at improving the mathematical skills of college as well as senior-level students.