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Getting the grip of geometry and Algebra; books and resources for a beginner

I am learning programing on my own. I work on exercises from a book. The problem I have is that most of the exercises are heavily concentrated on math and Algebra. I can solve it WHEN I understand the word problem and have the proper math knowledge. I did not deal with math long time ago. So I was searching for a good Algebra book to enhance my math skills. . I found that this book http://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Trigonometry-8th-Edition-Larson/dp/1439048479/ref=pd_sim_b_7

Algebra and trigonometry by Ron Larson has good reviews. But I am not sure if it's the right one for me. I'd like to hear from you. Any recommendations


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    $\begingroup$ Algebra is a huge subject. can you give an example of suchg exercises, you need to solve. $\endgroup$ – Marc Palm Mar 22 '12 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ I tried starting "Linear Algebra" by Jim Hefferson, but found it fairly abstract. I recommend Gilbert Strang's "Introduction to Linear Algebra." This is the textbook for MIT Linear Algebra 18.06, and the lectures on Open Courseware are helpful for important topics. $\endgroup$ – Ben Mar 22 '12 at 9:16
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    $\begingroup$ The previous question is more broad and already has an answer full of links. $\endgroup$ – user21436 Mar 22 '12 at 18:02

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