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This volume, the first of a remarkable two part text, provides readers who have absolutely no prior knowledge of algebra, with a systematic, clear, easily understood program by which they may master the major concepts and skills of a first yearMoreThis volume, the first of a remarkable two part text, provides readers who have absolutely no prior knowledge of algebra, with a systematic, clear, easily understood program by which they may master the major concepts and skills of a first year algebra course. A unique departure from usual introductory studies of the subject, it allows readers to progress at their own learning rate, and employs a program that was used with success at four junior colleges.Beginning with a development of the algebraic structure of the counting numbers, this fist volume includes the simplification of open expressions and the solution of equations. Using the structure of the system of counting numbers, the integers and the rational numbers are each developed separately.The text employs spiraling technique. The concepts and skills necessary for the system of counting numbers are expanded for the development of the set of integers and then expanded again in studying the system of rational numbers.Each page of the book is designed in two columns, the left containing a series of questions, the right including the answers by which the reader checks his understanding and progress. The relative simplicity of each question derives from the understanding and mastery acquired previously, thus providing the reader a step-by-step method of building a fund of knowledge for gradual but complete understanding of the subject. Algebra - Programmed Part One by Robert H. Alwin