I have a female friend (Mid 20's) who wants to get an associates degree, who has an absolute phobia of math, and algebra in particular. I'm trying to find a good program that can help her to study algebra to take the entrance exam to the community college, so that she can take as few classes as possible. Does anyone have a suggestion of a great resource, be it an online study course, book, etc that can help her learn enough algebra to at least qualify for an intermediate algebra level?
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Have her take a look at the algebra videos at the Khan Academy. The videos there cover all of basic arithmetic, Algebra I, and Algebra II.
There are some books by the actress Danica McKellar, who played Winnie on The Wonder Years television series. She got a mathematics Bachelor's at UCLA and is one of three authors on a paper about percolation theory. She has written at least three books at about the level of algebra or even pre-algebra. I understand that the tone is set for teenage girls, that might be off-putting or it might be hilarious. I'm afraid I have not seen the books, but it is clearly a good idea to have such a resource available.