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Geometry Demystified

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A book by Stan Gibilisco

Test provides an effective, and totally painless way to learn the fundamentals and general concepts of geometry. Self-teaching guide offers multiple-choice questions at the end of each chapter, and a 100-question self-test. Softcover.

Author: Stan Gibilisco
Genre: Science
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
1 review about Geometry Demystified

Solid for review or refreshment, weak choice for self-study

  • Feb 15, 2010
The talented and extremely dedicated person can use almost any reference for successful self-study; the differences between references are in the degree of difficulty. This book is touted as "A Self-teaching Guide", but it is higher on the scale of difficulty of use. Some time ago, I tutored a high school student in geometry and her text was a large hardback over 600 pages in length.
The reasons for the size of that textbook were clear, it takes that much surface area to completely describe the subject at the level of the beginner. Therefore, this book with half that many pages would have to be either efficiently compact or inadequate in explanation. While there are hints of the first, the second is more dominant, it would be very difficult for the beginner to learn geometry using this book. The fundamentals are quickly reviewed, but there is the assumption that the reader has had algebra at the level where they know how to rearrange expressions. Furthermore, it is assumed that the reader understands functions and shapes such as parabolas.
There are eleven chapters with a short quiz at the end of each one and a comprehensive final at the end. All questions are multiple choice and all solutions are included. This would make the book an excellent candidate for a review of geometry, but the swift pace and brevity would make it difficult to use as a reference in a self-study environment.

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