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    1. Biology
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    2. The Race to Save the Lord God
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    3. The New Way Things Work
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    7. Algebra 1
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    12. Math on Call: A Mathematics Handbook
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    1. Biology
    by Peter H Raven, George B Johnson
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    Asin: 0073031208
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
    Sales Rank: 59104
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    BIOLOGY is an authoritative majors textbook with evolution as a unifying theme. In revising the text, McGraw-Hill has consulted extensively with previous users, noted experts and professors in the field. It is distinguished from other texts by its strong emphasis on natural selection and the evolutionary process that explains biodiversity.

    Not only has the book been thoroughly updated to reflect rapid advances, there is more emphasis today on the teaching of concepts and this has led to significant changes in how the material is presented. Technology also plays a greater role in teaching and the Online Learning Center found at provides professors and students alike with an abundance of resources.

    Five considerations influenced this revision. They are: 1) Focus on concepts; 2) Reinforcing Ideas; 3) Emphasizing relevance to students; 4) Keeping up with new developments; and 5) Careful editing. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of those books you take with you on a deserted island
    .....or if you had to travel back in time. I had this for my textbook in Biology back in 1987 and even then, .... well before the human genome was anywhere near being charted, let alone completed, this was a spectacular acomplishment. This book isn't riveting like say Druyan and Sagan's SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESOTRS is, but it is as good as any biology textbook can possibly be. It has EVERYTHING you could possibly want to know about biology; from modern cell theory to ecology. All you have to do is look this over and you'll see why I highly recommend it. Does any other bio textbook even compare?

    5-0 out of 5 stars BIOLOGY TEACHERS N.B.
    This is by far the finest Introductory Biology textbook I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Biology teachers, do yourselves (not to mention your students) a favor--make this the required text for your Biology I (and II) Class! Special Thanks goes out to Dr. Michael Hoefer...for requiring this textbook!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best intro to Bio book out there
    This is definitely the best intro to bio books out there. As a graduate student I got the chance to read lots of bio books and this one by far is the best. The chapters are well organized and easy to follow and gives you the depth needed to pursue any area of biology. When it was time for me to student teach this was the book of my chose. It expensive but definiely worth it to any biologist. The CD-ROM is also very good!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding introductoy text
    "Biology" by Raven and Johnson is an impressive introduction into the biological sciences for undergraduates and Advanced Placement high school students. This text is particularly strong on evolution, sociobiology, ethology, and genetics, and does an outstanding job of presenting evolutionary theory as the unifying theme of all the biological sciences. Hard to put down!

    5-0 out of 5 stars ausgezeichnet
    If I had only one book on the biological sciences, this would be the one. I could go into more depth, but my command of the Englisch language is somewhat limited. ... Read more

    2. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
    by Phillip Hoose
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    Asin: 0374361738
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-11)
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Sales Rank: 4962
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    Book Description

    The tragedy of extinction is explained through the dramatic story of a legendary bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it.A powerful saga that sweeps through two hundred years of history, it introduces artists like John James Audubon, bird collectors like William Brewster, and finally a new breed of scientist in Cornell's Arthur A. "Doc" Allen and his young ornithology student, James Tanner, whose quest to save the Ivory-bill culminates in one of the first great conservation showdowns in U.S. history, an early round in what is now a worldwide effort to save species.As hope for the Ivory-bill fades in the United States, the bird is last spotted in Cuba in 1987, and Cuban scientists join in the race to save it.

    All this, plus Mr. Hoose's wonderful story-telling skills, comes together to give us what David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds calls "the most thorough and readable account to date of the personalities, fashions, economics, and politics that combined to bring about the demise of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker."
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    3. The New Way Things Work
    by David Macaulay
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    Asin: 0395938473
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-26)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
    Sales Rank: 400
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    "Is it a fact--or have I dreamt it--that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?" If you, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, are kept up at night wondering about how things work--from electricity to can openers--then you and your favorite kids shouldn't be a moment longer without David Macaulay's The New Way Things Work. The award-winning author-illustrator--a former architect and junior high school teacher--is perfectly poised to be the Great Explainer of the whirrings and whizzings of the world of machines, a talent that landed the 1988 version of The Way Things Work on the New York Times bestsellers list for 50 weeks. Grouping machines together by the principles that govern their actions rather than by their uses, Macaulay helps us understand in a heavily visual, humorous, unerringly precise way what gadgets such as a toilet, a carburetor, and a fire extinguisher have in common.

    The New Way Things Work boasts a richly illustrated 80-page section that wrenches us all (including the curious, bumblingwooly mammoth who ambles along with the reader) into the digital age of modems, digital cameras, compact disks, bits, and bytes. Readers can glory in gears in "The Mechanics of Movement," investigate flying in "Harnessing the Elements," demystify the sound ofmusic in "Working with Waves," marvel at magnetism in "Electricity & Automation," andexamine e-mail in "The Digital Domain." An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay demystifies them all. (Click to see asample spread of this book, illustrations and text copyright 1998 David Macaulay, Neil Ardley, published by Houghton Mifflin Co.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The New Way Things Work
    This is the best book for childern and adults I have ever read. I recieved "The Way Things Work" When I was in 4th grade. Now I have this newer version. My classmates and I both used it during my College Mechanical Engineering Classes. Everyone can learn from this book it is not just for kids but really belongs on every childs bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book really tells you how things work!
    Do you think you know how a lot of things work? Yes? Well, you are probably wrong. I am a Physics Major in college and I thought I knew how a lot of things work. However, when I found this book in my physics professor's office, I fell in love with this book. I ordered for my copy on the same day. This book is good for the kids, but some of the stuff is hard to understand because there are some words like forces or angles. These are hard to understand for kids, but the pictures in this book are good for the curious kids. They may understand some of the stuff. But, I would rate this book for grownups. You will learn how locks work, how airplanes fly, how helicopters can go forward or backward. You will understand the mechanics just by looking at the pictures, but the reading the explanations also helps you understand. This is a nice book to keep at the corner of your bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Need for Every Household
    Few books can compare to "The Way Things Work" in the amount which they can teach the curious. Be they old or young, college educated engineers or preschoolers, everyone can pick something out of this book. Trust me; I've seen it from all ends.

    When I was six, I loved the mammoths...and learned about simple machines and airplane wings. When I was in high school, I appreciated the mammoths' wit...and learned about automatic transmissions and transistors. Now that I'm in college, I've read the whole thing, and it's still a great reference book, just as entertaining and informative as it was so many years ago. And the mammoths are still funny.

    For kids with insatiable curiosity, "The Way Things Work" can be a great and entertaining resource; for everyone who's ever wondered how their car drives, or why their computer works, or how satellite communications happen, it can be an immensely satisfying read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not for the very young
    I bought this book for a boy of the age of 8. He didn't seem very interested in the text explanations of how things work. Perhaps he's a little young, but like other reviewers said, this is a book that can most definately be put on the shelf for several years and still have relevance when a few years of knowledge is gained.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!
    My god, this has to be one of my favorite books. When I was a kid, I was FASCINATED (well, I still am) by mechanical things. I must have checked this book out of the library twenty times, and it never got old. It is PACKED with info, the drawings are great, and it is very educational. Well, I was at the library today checking out books for a mechanical engineering class, and there it was on the shelf. I checked it out again for old times sake, and here I am at (to buy my very own copy of course), writing a reveiew. Nuff said. Anyway, if you have a child, boy or girl, old or young, smart or not, it doesn't matter- this book ROCKS! ... Read more

    4. Geometry
    by Ray Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown
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    Asin: 0395977274
    Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div
    Sales Rank: 30634
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!
    I used this book for a semester geometry course (covering Chapters 1 through 13), and it was marvelous! Besides the fact that there are no typographical errors, the book flows logically from one chapter to the next. In addition, its early introduction of proofs guarantees a successful continuation and comprehension of the essence of geometry. Moreover, the lettered exercises at the end of each section go from easy to difficult--allowing for a gradual increase in skill. Finally, the logic appendix at the end is a great introduction to proofs and to the mathematical field of logic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and covers material well.
    I have used other Geometry books that seem to give over 1/3 of the book for basic elementary geometry and didn't even introduce proofs until almost 2/3 the way through the book! This book almost immediately starts out with some great information about Postulates, and lets the student slowly be introduced to the concept of "proofs" without throwing it on them near the end of the year. Numbered angles are usually written in red, which helps it stick out from the lines/segments/triangles and helps visual learners and others quickly identify parts of the diagram. Short Biographical notes tell of people that use geometry in the 'real world', short paragraphs include information about places that geometry are useful from house building to satelites in space. This is a VERY good geometry text and it comes HIGHLY recommended.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not a great geometry book.
    This book fails to teach geometry properly. Sure it lists the theorems and sometimes examples of them. This book doesn't provide enough examples of problems and a better explanation of the topics in order to help the student.
    Once in awhile an example will come up, but they only help for a problem or two. You're basically stuck trying to figure out a problem. It doesn't even explain how to work on proofs! You're left figuring them out on your own and wondering if you did them right.

    I believe the other reviewers for the book are either the publisher and authors who want to sell the book. Also instructors who like this book because they have all the answers to them, so they think they know how to do the problems. I'm sure they would be stuck without their solutions manual!

    There are far better geometry books out there, so teach with those and NOT this one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have in every household
    This is probably one of the best mathematical books that I have read thus far. This book must be read by every pre-college student who seeks the heavenly path to Mathland and Logicland or Philosophy. It was genuinely interesting to read and work the exercises that range from simple to very challenging. The chapters are broken to small units which make things very easy to comprehend, and provide innate feeling that you are making a lot of progress, all the time. What a wonderful feeling when you are doing math. The book contains a lot of background that will prepare you well for future studies of Math, Logic, and Proofs beyond Geometry. The real life examples are interesting. And last, but not least there is no danger that you will need a foot surgery if the book will fall on your feet, the book had more than 600 pages, but somehow the publisher kept it small and light weight. I wish I had access to this book in High-Scholl.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I really like this book.
    This is an excellent resource for a traditional geometry course. I especially love the challenging problems at the end of each lesson. The homework problems have a wide range of difficulty that can accommodate the most advanced honors student, but it can also be used in a regular level class. No errors or typos in this book. Does not integrate technology, but I use GeoSketch Pad assignments to supplement in this area. I have taught with this text for four years and love it. ... Read more

    5. Pre-Algebra: California Edition
    by Bass, Bellman, Bragg, Charles, Davison
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    Asin: 0130504866
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 119102
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    6. Passport to Algebra and Geometry
    by Larson
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    Asin: 0395879884
    Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
    Publisher: Mcdougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin
    Sales Rank: 91285
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars School Book
    I use this book in school and it makes math really easy to learn! If you are looking for a book with algebra and geometey questions, this is the book for you. With thousands of questions, their answers, and explanations, this book will help you learn good math skills. ... Read more

    7. Algebra 1
    by Larson, Boswell, Kanold
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    Asin: 0395937760
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div
    Sales Rank: 19962
    Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Its a text book
    my public school system uses this book for their algebra classes its supose to be used with a teater there is also a book that has problem solutions

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'd rather be taught by a good teacher
    Okay, I don't really know what to say about this book. But I try to teach myself how to do some problems out of the book and sometimes it's plain confusing. In the examples they give you steps but they don't really explain why you do the steps. They basically give you answers and it's not really a good book to learn from. A good teacher who knows how to teach would be good to add on with the book....

    2-0 out of 5 stars Annoying Book
    This book has a fairly annoying layout which refers back to information not previously mentioned. The examples are also fairly overly complex, there are much simpler ways to solving the problems. Regardless, it was a required book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's okay...but a good math teacher's better
    I'm an 8th grade Algebra-I student, and this book is not the best, as I can find much better explanations on how to solve the problems elsewhere (like on the internet), but it's the only book I can use. It has somewhat detailed descriptions and is very good. It has odd numbered answers for self-help and answer checking, and does a very good job of teaching the subject.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a view from a student learning algebra for the first time
    This book takes you by the hand step by step. It eases you into algebra without you suspecting. Selected answers and self tests help you asses your learning. The book is also interesting with colorful pictures and real to life equations. ... Read more

    8. Geometry
    by Larson
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    Asin: 0395937779
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Mcdougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin
    Sales Rank: 331593
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    9. Algebra and Trigonometry: Structure and Method-Book 2
    by Brown
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    Asin: 0395977258
    Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div
    Sales Rank: 208066
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    10. Physical Science: California Edition
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    Asin: 0030557976
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston
    Sales Rank: 153571
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    11. Biology: Principles and Explorations
    by Johnson
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    Asin: 0030519993
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston
    Sales Rank: 115253
    Average Customer Review: 1.33 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars [NO GOOD!]
    This book is no good, my students never bring it to class and never crack it open, yet they still manage to recieve mostly A's and B's. Paying somewhat attention in class could help you just as much if not more than reading this nuisance of a book!!!
    If it wasn't for the superindendant of our school district this book would have found itself in the dumpster,(...)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Biology Sucks
    I'm sorry poor biology teachers but never buy this book or any biology book ever. Biology sucks and should never be taught. So why dont you just quit and think about how your life went wrong. You werent thinking when you decided to become a teacher. That was a big mistake. Hahahaha I laugh at you. You make jack for a paycheck

    2-0 out of 5 stars It [stunk]
    If you're a teacher wanting to buy this book, DON'T! It is so heavy, I would find any way I could not to have to shove the stupid thing in my backback. It does not explain things well,and it made freshman year accel. biology MISERABLE! ... Read more

    12. Math on Call: A Mathematics Handbook
    by Andrew Kaplan, Carol Debold, Susan Rogalski, Pat Bourdreau
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    Asin: 0669508195
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Great Source Education Group
    Sales Rank: 14239
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Parent, Teacher and Student resource
    As a middle school math teacher, I frequently have parents tell me, "It has been so long since I took math, I just need a resource to help remember how to do these things". (ie fractions) I tell them to order this book. The examples are clear and well illustrated. The book is colorful and engaging. Our school has bought class sets of this book and we are going to organize a bulk order of books for parents. I think the topics covered would help students in grades 3-10.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must in every home
    This is a great book that covers a wide range of Middle School subjects. My kids like me to use this wonderfull book because it gives examples used by their teachers at schools. I believe that there is nothing wrong with teaching kids different ways to solve a problem, but I start with this book and most of the time they tell me that the examples in the book are exactly the way how the teacher explained the problem in class. This way they don't get confuse between my way, my wife's way, and the teacher's way.
    My kids are not afraid anymore to go upfront and show the class how simple math can be.



    5-0 out of 5 stars When ever you need math its just a Call away!
    Math on Call is a great handbook for students or even adults having trouble in specific areas of Mathematics. The book is split up into sections, subsections, and types of the shown subsection. Rather than looking all over the place, you can find something simply by looking for what section it is in then looking in that section to find the subsection and so on. The best part is that the book does not put in a bunch of confusing mathematics terms but instead gives clear and fast examples. It also shows more than one method of solving the type of problem so you can find what method is best for you. This book is worth every penny and is vital to success in mathematics. Take it from me, I struggled in math until I found this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Math On Call Rocks
    I was a B student in Math. But after I bought this book I have been getting A's on all my test and quizes!! I love this book and I will keep it forever. I think that is really helpful and if I dont get something Instead of going to my parents I get Math On Call out. Thank you so much Math on Call!!!


    5-0 out of 5 stars The best darn math reference book ever
    My son's 7th grade math teacher recommended this. I don't know what we would have done without it. The school's math textbook was useless. If there was any problem not understanding a math concept, we would just whip this baby out and it was easy to understand. Math homework couldn't have been any less frustrating.

    My younger son now takes it with him to school for doing his math work at school. It is invaluable. ... Read more

    13. Algebra 1 (Prentice Hall Mathematics)
    by Bellman, Bragg, Charles
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    Asin: 013052316X
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 72413
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    14. Algebra 2
    by Larson
    list price: $80.00
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    Asin: 0395937787
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div
    Sales Rank: 135040
    Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars not to good
    The book itself is bad enough. it teaches you as though it was teaching a mathmatician. i am a student, and the whole class has c's,d's,and f's. it does not give any other information that students would be confused about

    3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty average, depends on your intentions
    In 9th grade, while taking Algebra 2 / Analysis, I used this book. Well, I didn't "use" it to learn the material. (Partly because I knew it all anyway, but that's besides the point.) The truth is that this book doesn't really teach you much as it's explanations are breif and I never really read them anyway. It's good it you want to do homework problems as it has many problems and even solutions in the back.

    Therefore, it really matters what you intend to use this textbook for. If it's just for homework and doing problems, it's good. If it's to teach an entire Algebra 2 course, it's not so good.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Somewhat Boring
    I am a Math teacher and tutor and this book is BORING. Many of the problems which the student is asked to do in the exercises at the end of each chapter border on the irrelevant. Unfortunately, I am currently tutoring some students who are required to "endure" this textbook. ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Review and reply to that of the teacher from Chicago, IL
    I have used another book from this series, Algebra 1, and I felt that it was great at explaining everything. Maybe it was partly because of my having a wonderful teacher, however I felt that it did a wonderful job of explaining things.
    In response to that of the teacher in Illinois, I would just like to say that maybe the 6th graders didn't understand it because Algebra 2 is a high school course, normally taught in that of 11th grade according to the New York State Curriculum. I feel that her comment on the book should be considered invalid, just because of her lack of explanation, and of the time that she is teaching it. I also feel that if Illinois is teaching Algebra 2 in 6th grade, that they had better change their curriculum, because not even the most advanced 6th graders can take in a good understanding and comprehension of the complex subject at that early level.
    Please rethink your decision, because from what Illinois is doing, we can find that it probably has a terrible Mathematic curriculum, and that if it doesn't do something soon, they will have many kids failing in the future. I fully recommend this book as it covers all topics neccessary, and has the ability to explain the complexity of the topics to not only a student being taught by a teacher, but also a student reading the book in order to catch up on work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Paperback edition is only a homework book
    When I received a order of a Paperback edittioin, what suprised to me is: IT'S ONLY A HOMEWORK BOOK. Not the text book. This must be a misstake to put the homework book in the paperback edition.
    If I would had a choice of -1 star, I would pick it. ... Read more

    15. Biology
    by Kenneth R. Miller, Joseph Levine
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    Asin: 013050730X
    Catlog: Book (2002)
    Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 120766
    Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading at best!
    This is the LABORATORY MANUAL, not the biology text book. There is nothing that I can see in the description to indicate this. . ... Read more

    16. Chemistry
    by Wilbraham
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    Asin: 0130543845
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 254441
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Chemistry Texts Out There
    This past year I used this chemistry text in my first-year, general course. The book makes chemistry extremely easy to understand, and its organization is, to say the least, flawless. In addition, it is comprehensive; this trait makes it suitable for even the highest of general chemistry classes. 740 on the SAT II because of this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars chemistry---addison-wesley
    Completely pleased. Book in great condition-just as advertised. Arrived quickly. Will use again.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Error report for the 1997 edition
    Problems have been reported in the Teacher's Guide for the 1997 Edition of this textbook. ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Miracle of Modern Science!!
    This book is a truly inspired work of genius, created by the fine minds of three nobel teachers, men who are experts on the smallest building blocks of our lives - the very atoms and molecules that define us and all that surrounds us. As a young girl, an earlier edition of this book revealed to me many secrets of the universe. Even now, I can't help but grin when remembering one particularly fine analogy, using cooking a pot of chili to explain the more difficult concepts of dimensional analysis. As an adult, I consult this outstanding text to clarify everyday questions about chemical reactions and other scientific information. Encourage that special child in your life. Give them the gift of knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Review of A-W Chemistry
    Very comprehensive textbook - touches on many different aspects of chemistry and provides students with a broad range of topics in general chemistry. Excellent as a full-year text or as a study guide text. ... Read more

    17. Math 76: An Incremental Development
    by Stephen Hake, John Saxon
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    Asin: 1565771532
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
    Publisher: Saxon Pub
    Sales Rank: 98080
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars the BEST of the Best math books around
    The Saxon books are some of the best that I have ever used. I used Saxon books throughout all of my honors classes in highschool. Considering my scores on placement tests, I was place into Calculus III at the beginning of my freshman year at the University of Iowa. These books did wonders for me. The methods employed by Saxon books are sound. The books get students to examine all sorts of different ways to attempt problems. With the progressive method of learning, students learn the formulas, equations, and ideas by heart. Two thumbs way up for Saxon!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Math Book
    Have used Saxon Math for 3 years. I have a gifted math student in public school. He is in accelerated math and at the top of the class. Saxon math helped him to get an edge. I would highly recommend this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Enough to doom a student to a career in food service
    Seldom before have I ever seen such a horrible example of 'experimental' education forced upon the minds of innocent children as this supposed tome of learning. Some have described it as 'proved,' however, it is nothing more than useless tripe that is guaranteed to hold back homeschoolers from acheiving any satisfaction and success in math. Much brighter people than Saxon have spent thousands of years teaching math, and, guess what, they already know the best, easiest, and most logical method for teaching the subject in a manner to prepare the student for higher concepts. While I am not an advocate of book-burning in any way, I must declare that this series of math errors and misconcepts should for the good of all students be tossed on a bonfire, perhaps with purification ceremonies to accompany, so that future generations will not suffer the consequences of Saxon's ill-conceived concepts.

    Some of the major problems with Saxon's books that will eat away at a child's comprehension of what should be a simple, straightforward, and enjoyable subject are:

    • The use of SCT problem solving strategies. SCT is my own acronym based on Saxon's love of acronyms. It means Stupid Cheap Trick. Rather than exposing a child to different concepts of, say, fractions, and then moving on in a logical progression to teach them the correct way to perform math operations and apply math properties to fractions, Saxon likes to teach them incredibly wrong ways to solve problems. The method he instills in them is then used for a few months before he moves on to another wrong way to solve the problem, forcing the child to unlearn the previous wrong method. Result? A kid with no trust for learning a math concept because they don't know how long they'll use it before they have to learn something else.

    One particularly bright method of this book is to teach subtraction not as a number line operation, then a math operation, which is the standard and millenia-proven method for teaching the concept and will be used as a consistant operation throughout all levels of math, but rather to teach the LSD pattern of subtraction. A brilliant choice of letters as it seems to denote what one must be on to think this is intelligent. In Saxon's world, LSD stands for 'Larger-Smaller-Difference,' an entirely useless concept when one deals with negative differences. Saxon seems to deem his readers too dim to understand the concept of right and left movement on a number line, however, and so forces children to dumb down their understanding of how to solve a subtraction problem, or the very concept of what subtraction means in the first place.

    • Jumping around between math concepts. I sometimes think the table of contents of this book was decided using a dartboard rather than a human brain. Math is a progressive, logical, and straightforward subject, but with Saxon you'll find your child leaping with no apparent continuity between integers, fractions, operations, decimals, number sense, and problem solving, giving them no time to become confident with one subject before they're asked to tackle something else. It's rather like reading a book by sorting the chapters randomly: it makes no sense whatsoever.

    • A complete ignoring of the basic rules (properties and operations) of math. This is completely unforgivable, as it's the equivalent of asking someone to learn French without understanding conjugation of verbs or nominal genders. There is no foundation set for the concepts the student will learn. Properties and operations are not incredibly difficult and are the very basis of the magic of making numbers obey your every whim, but you won't find them in this book.

    • Repitition without understanding or confidence. See the notation above about jumping around between concepts. When teaching a concept, this book completely fails to then follow it up with enough practice problems to make the concept concrete. Rather, it will give a few practice problems from the lesson, and then repeat the last several incoherent concepts, apparently in the misguided thought of reinforcing what it failed to teach well enough in the previous lessons to make a child confident enough not to have to repeat the same problem. Of course, each time the child comes across the repeat concept, they have to switch mental gears, violating the tenuous repetition exercise of the brain to instill what they were trying to learn this lesson. Bah. Words fail me to describe the ridiculous nature of this method of learning.

    Let me give some positive advice to other homeschoolers who are looking for a math program. Find another publisher. Try McGraw-Hill, a truly proven publisher with absolute excellence and consistancy in the subject of mathematics, from arithmetic all the way through calculus. The lessons are just as easy to understand in and of themselves, but are presented in a logical, progressive manner that will ensure math confidence and enjoyment for your children. Don't push them into the Saxon system, where they'll only learn math in spite of the style of teaching rather than because of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars We have used Saxon Math for years. . .
    . . .and have been entirely pleased with the results.

    This series presents a proven and successful methodology for teach mathematics in a homeschooling setting. Essential facts are drilled into the student through short, easy-to-digest lessons -- and lots of repetition of essential concepts.

    Highly recommended.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This book is a good one for children stuggling with Math
    Saxon provides a good instrument for learning math if the student is not very good at math. It provides a lot of review and does not shock the student with too much, too fast. The only drawback to Saxon is that the child gifted in Mathematics may soon tire of the repetition that is so vital for the average student. This book may turn on a marginal math student and may turn off a brilliant one. One must also note that this text is a minimum for 7/6 grade. It is not an advanced textbook. ... Read more

    18. Holt World Geography Today
    by Robert J. Sager, David M. Helgren
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    Asin: 0030646820
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
    Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston
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    19. Algebra to Go: A Mathematics Handbook
    by Andrew Kaplan, Great Source Ed. Group Staff, Great Source Education Group
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    Asin: 0669471518
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
    Publisher: Great Source Education Group
    Sales Rank: 21921
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A recommendation from an algebra teacher!
    For the last three or four years, I have recommended this book to my students' parents. I teach algebra (grade 8) and pre-algebra (grades 7 and 8) and have found that his book is written in a non-threatening, easy to understand manner. It is a perfectly wonderful reference book. Math is scary enough...this book demystifies algebra. Love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Algebra to Go
    This is the best reference handbook that parents and teachers will fine it useful for students. Algebra to Go, "demystifies algebra for students in 8 grades and up by explaining key and often complex math topics in a way that's clear, friendly, and understandable". It is also a great refresher for parents who may have forgotten a thing or two about Algebra.. ... Read more

    20. Way Things Work
    by David MacAulay
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    Asin: 0395428572
    Catlog: Book (1988-12-01)
    Publisher: Publisher Resources Inc
    Sales Rank: 240964
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    From levers to lasers, from cameras to computers, this 384-page volume is a remarkable overview of the machines and inventions that shape our lives, amusingly presented with a large dose of Macaulay's wit and personality. "A book to be treasured as both a browsing item and as a gold mine of reference information." -- School Library Journal, starred reviewALA Best Book for Young Adults
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining look at how machines work!
    "The Way Things Work" took almost three years to create. A cute and sometimes silly "Great Wooly Mammoth" makes his appearance throughout the book. The facial expressions and animal antics are at times very amusing.

    While the "Mammoth" theme is highlighted, this is a book which discusses serious concepts. They are simply explained in a more entertaining way. In between all the facts, you will suddenly find a page which discusses tusk trimming. "I watched with great curiosity a mammoth that was having its tusks trimmed....." Don't worry, as the story progresses, "velocity" is being explained.

    Quite frankly, this book is not only a work of art, it is a compilation of genius. When David Macaulay, Niel Ardley, David Burnie, Peter Luff and Christopher Davis put their minds together for a book project, something amazing happens.

    Where they came up with the 384 pages is beyond my comprehension. In fact, only taking three years to write and illustrate such a work, is in itself an incredible feat. Truly, this is a comprehensive, instructive and entertaining reference book for readers of all ages.

    Life is too short for reading inferior books. - James Bryce This book is superior in so many ways. It is divided into four main sections: The Mechanics of Movement (inclined plane, levers, wheel and axle, gears and belts, cams and cranks, pulleys, screws, rotating wheels, springs, friction), Harnessing The Elements (floating, flying, pressure power, exploiting heat, nuclear power), Working With Waves (light and images, photography, printing, sound and music, telecommunications), Electricity & Automation (electricity, magnetism, sensors and detectors, computers).

    Each page is filled with drawings so you can completely comprehend mechanical principles. David Macaulay takes you from levers to lasers and does it all in a most entertaining and efficient manner. Here is a prize-winning author's brilliantly conceived guide to the principles and workings of hundreds of machines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still fun after all these years
    I have loved David Macaulay's books since I was a kid. Though I've grown up, I am still facinated by his unique way of explaining things we take for granted. The Way Things Work is a road map for today's highly confusing and intimidating technological times. It allows you to gain a glimpse of the wonder of engineering, from the very simple, to the most complex.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! Models don't work!
    We find Macaulay's books intriguing and so proceeded to order the kit for our 11 year old daughter. She loves science, does experiments on her own at home, elects to attend science camps every summer, and wants to be an engineer. She found the instruction cards attractive and easy to follow BUT "half the things didn't work" and "it was boring". She was extremely disappointed with the kit as she painstakingly followed instructions, and attempted to troubleshoot and adapt the models when she found they wouldn't work. My husband and I are an electrical engineer and a physician respectively, and we too were unable to shed any light on the problems she was having. We definitely would advise parents NOT to buy this kit.

    1-0 out of 5 stars great idea but very poor execution
    it's a very poorly designed kit. parents have to do a LOT of it. Macaulay should have teamed up with LEGO to create his kit.

    the cool thing is it has a MOTOR in there, and some plunger things with long plastic tubes to make a pneumatic lift arm. but the construction parts (including wheels) are basically all cardboard! if anything gets slightly bent or stepped on, the whole project is history. durability is nil.

    the instructions suck: you cannot follow the numbered paragraphs and build it, you have to read through all the aside comments to do it properly, and the instructional photos are very poorly posed. if LEGO had done it (I'm thinking of the the Klutz press/LEGO teamwork for the Action Contraptions set) they would have broken down the steps accurately, and done photos that kids could follow.

    you cannot even put the wheels on without major adult participation. the stickum provided doesn't adhere well to the parts it says to attach it to. "friction" is one of the concepts presented, yet friction of cardboard parts interferes with finished product operation.

    If LEGO had participated, the parts would be durable, they would assemble easily, the finished products would work smoothly, a kid could put it together and self-explore the scientific concepts, and it would be brilliant.

    The kit's ideas of the things to present (friction, pneumatics, simple machines, etc.) is EXCELLENT. there is very little else on the market that presents these concepts well in a building set. the narrative that explains the physics concepts is well written in simple, understandable terms. it is very cool that the kids get to read about something and build it. but I am sooooo disappointed that the building materials were so poorly designed.

    it was a cool idea that was very poorly executed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for snow days
    When snow struck and my two boys were out with a snow day I gave them this kit and they loved it! It kept them busy for hours and saved my sanity. They had such fun that they didn't want to go back to school. ... Read more

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