# Top Ten Algebra books

The most popular algebra textbooks provide plenty of practice problems and repetitive instruction spread out over the course of the school year. This enables students to build lasting memory and proficiency and learn the basic tools for solving algebraic equations.

**Algebra 1 California Edition Textbook by Stanley A. Smith**

This book has come along way since its 1994 publishing. Algebra 1 has imagery, font and color choices that are exciting, interesting and encouraging. It does a great job of addressing all of the important concepts. And it’s awesome for those who may struggle with basic concepts. The Algebra 1 California Edition Textbook has sufficient practices problems and drills.

**Algebra: Structure and Method, Book 1**

The Algebra: Structure and Method, Book 1 is loaded with many practice problems and examples in each lesson. The text is straightforward and without unnecessary heavy material. It doesn’t have a lot of distracting graphics and photos or unrelated information. The book presents comprehensive algebra instruction and is challenging in just the right places to encourage students to problem solve.

**Beginning and Intermediate Algebra (5th Edition)**

The Lial book series does a great job of compiling the content into short sections with simple examples. It’s a fabulous tool for kids learning algebra but it’s also a good option for college course work. It comes with a CD for added instruction and easy to read guides. Its approach to learning algebra contains modern examples and plenty of practice problems. It comes in hardcover, Kindle and loose leaf formats.

**McDougal Littell Algebra 2**

McDougal successfully identifies the skills needed to breakthrough complex math problems. It creates simple steps to allow students to grasp the understanding of the subject matter. The students’ mastery is tested, reviewed, and then integrated into new problem sets. Students develop the ability to think about problem solving visually through the incorporation of graphs and diagrams.

**Practice Makes Perfect Algebra II by Christopher Monahan**

Monahan algebra help books provide solid instruction and plenty of practice exercises. It covers decimals, fractions, functions as well as linear and quadratic equations. This book is outlined to work as a skills booster and prepare students for exams. This is one of the most comprehensive algebra 2 textbooks.

**College Algebra by John Coburn**

College Algebra has great step-by-step directions and sample problems. The text also shows how the problems should be solved. New concepts are introduced at a steady pace. The narrative is simple yet concise and helps students to build a strong foundation in algebra 2 fundamentals.

**College Algebra by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin and Saleem Watson**

The authors did a great job of making the material challenging while easing students into new concepts. The problems are illustrated in an easy to understand manner utilizing problems from physics, chemistry, astronomy and biology. This book teaches students to think mathematically and reinforces skills using real-world examples.

**Algebra Survival Guide: A Conversational Guide for the Thoroughly Befuddled**

This is a fabulous high school algebra book or anyone wanting to review the basics. The guide makes algebra simple and easy to understand. It provides questions, answers and practice problems. All high school algebra books should be presented this way. The Algebra Survival Guide has a companion workbook that can be ordered separately as an add-on. Exercises are explained it detail and the author doesn’t assume that you know how to work a particular problem and takes you lesson step-by-step.

**Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide, Second Edition**

Practical Algebra utilizes real-world application to help students understand basic algebra concepts. It’s fun, easy to follow and offers a solid introduction to algebra. Students can expect to learn the basic application of algebra, the number system, factoring algebraic equations and how to work with algebraic fractions just to name a few. Also expect to work with graphs, quadratic equations and word problems. The author has included mini exams to test for progress, and if a certain number of problems are missed, suggestions are made on what areas to review.