When my younger daughter had trouble with algebra in junior high, I told her, I’d had trouble with algebra in junior high, too. But I took it again when I was older and the 2nd time it was easy. I didn’t know if it was easy because I was older or because I had a better book.
When I decided to try algebra again in my late 20's. I went to the local book store (yes, a regular bookstore, not the college text book shop) and spent the afternoon looking at all the algebra books in the book store. I finally selected one. It cost $6, which was more than 4 hours wages. But I had decided to learn algebra. I had enrolled in college algebra and I wanted to pass it this time.
Whatever the cause, my maturity, my new textbook, suddenly algebra made sense. I was even able to show my teacher new ways to solve problems.
A few days ago, someone emailed me – about trouble with algebra. What did I suggest? Clearly, telling her to wait until her late 20's wasn’t an option.
I’d long since sold my old copy – in well-used condition. But a few minutes of searching the web, and I found plenty of people selling old copies, some for a penny plus shipping. And despite its age, some sellers claim to have copies in very good condition. I have to wonder if these copies were used.
Yes, this is an advertisement. Yes, I get a commission if you buy from this link. I’m not sure what the commission on a penny is. So, I’m not doing this just for the money. If you know somebody who is having trouble with algebra, the book I recommend is Modern Elementary Algebra by B. R. Rich
Modern Elementary Algebra