No-Nonsense Algebra ~ Math Essentials

     My oldest daughter planned to begin Algebra this fall, but she got a head start this summer with the all new No-Nonsense Algebra from Math EssentialsThis is a workbook, but lessons are also explained with an online video tutorial. For $27.95, this is a much more reasonably priced program than many others that our family has used in previous years. 
from the website:
No-Nonsense Algebra
 Table of Contents
  Chapter  1            Necessary Tools for  Algebra
  Chapter  2            Solving Equations
  Chapter  3            Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
  Chapter  4            Solving and Graphing Inequalities
  Chapter  5            Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  Chapter  6            Polynomials
  Chapter  7            Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
  Chapter  8            Radical Expressions and Geometry
  Chapter  9            Quadratic Equations
  Chapter 10          Algebra Word Problems
Also included: 
                                  *A “How to Use This Book” Section

                                  *Chapter reviews
                                  *Final Exam
                                  *Solutions for all Problems
                                  *Resource Center

Each Easy-To-Understand Lesson Includes:
  • Each topic is  clearly explained in a way that the student can easily understand.
  • A Helpful Hints section
  • Examples with simple step-by-step solutions
  • Written exercises
  • A short Review section that ensures  that the student will remember what has been learned
Includes free online access to video instruction!
Each lesson in the book has a corresponding video lesson taught by America’s Math Teacher, Richard W. Fisher

Algebra $27.95 We also received their Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry book which is available for $11.95.
"This book will provide students with al the essential geometry skills. Vocabulary, points, lines, planes, perimeter, area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem are just some of the topics that are covered. There is plenty of practical, real-life problem solving that shows students the importance of geometry in the real world."

     The Table of contents and sample pages are available on the website.

     We found the lessons to be short enough to keep her attention, but still clear and easy to understand. This 280 page workbook is written to the student and has them complete just 1-2 pages per lesson. It is just as the website describes "no fluff." The book includes 92 lessons, 10 chapter reviews, a final review, and an answer key. Graph paper is recommended (and is much easier to find now that school supplies are out in abundance than it was when we began this workbook.) Examples and helpful hints throughout the lessons are used to make the lessons clear.

     The additional online component has lessons demonstrated on a white board. This is a bonus for visual learners. Students are also encouraged to write out the examples to aid in their comprehension of each lesson. We are planning to continue using No-Nonsense Algebra this fall.

     Special offer: Math Essentials is offering a special promotion through September 2012 which applies to any order placed through their website. Any order that includes Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 1 or Book 2 or No-Nonsense Algebra will include a free copy of Geometry plus a free Homework Kit!

     We received a copy of the two workbooks mentioned above for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. See what other crew members shared in their reviews here.




  1. I plan to continue using these with my Boy Scout as well. :)

  2. Algebra is a major component of math that is used to unify mathematic concepts. Algebra is built on experiences with numbers and operations, along with geometry and data analysis. Some students think that algebra is like learning another language. This is true to a small extent, algebra is a simple language used to solve problems that can not be solved by numbers alone.
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