Glencoe Algebra 2 is a key program in McGraw-Hill’s vertically aligned mathematics series developed to help all students achieve a better understanding of mathematics and improve their mathematics scores on today’s high-stakes assessments. In this Common Core State Standards edition of Glencoe Algebra 2, students are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving while engaging with exciting careers within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.
Linear Relations and Functions
• Equations and Inequalities
• Linear Relations and Functions
• Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Quadratic, Polynomial, and Radical Functions and Relations
• Quadratic Functions and Relations
• Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
• Inverses and Radical Functions and Relations
Advanced Functions and Relations
• Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Relations
• Rational Functions and Relations
• Conic Sections
• Sequences and Series
• Statistics and Probability
• Trigonometric Functions
• Trigonometric Identities and Equations
There is nothing wrong with this textbook. It covers most of the material you'll encounter in a standard Algebra II class, though not the more advanced stuff if you're in Honors. My problem with this, and so far every e-Textbook I've downloaded, is that they are just copies of traditional, paper, textbooks. This is a new format. Why do I need to flip through a ton of practice problems and jumbled together Headings like "Standardized Test Practice" or "Check Your Understanding"? This is digital. Give me a link to the problems in the margin (Which are huge by the way. Why do we need 2 inches of margin?) and let me move on to the next piece of useful information.
And that is just it. It's not that this text book is bad, it's that it should be so much better. We need rich visuals. Lots of information at our fingertips and lots if interactive animations. I should be able to touch ANYTHING and learn more about it. Not understanding how sine and cosine are related? Tap them and go to the unit circle and watch what happens when you drag around the radius. Not sure what formula to use in your conic sections? Tap one and be taken to a visual aid that incorporates all of the different conics and their different parts. Need more specific information about Ellipses? Tap the ellipse and zoom in for more detail. Pinch and drag the ellipse to see how the minor axis and major axis can swap, and how that affects the equation and eccentricity.
My advice? Don't buy this. Go take a textbook out from the library, or order a used one. This is no better than a paper textbook and not as user friendly. I'm eager to see a company produce a truly innovative electronic textbook, but this is certainly not it.
Once the book is downloaded and opens, it’s just ok. There isn’t much “new” because it’s an iBook compared to the hard cover text book. Most frustratingly, there’s an insane amount of typos. There are more (and different) typos in the ibook than there are in the hard cover version. SO MANY TYPOS.
Oftentimes incoherent, relays subject matter poorly. Many of the given answers to practice problems are incorrect. I would suggest using a different book.