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If I'm correct, old style algebra books ( before 1945) concentrated on equation solving, and modern ones concentrate more on functions and their graphs ( as a preparation to calculus).

Are there classical references, popular amongst math students / teachers - not too old references ( I'd better like not before mid 40's, for fear terminology might be out of date ) - concentrating specially on equation solving ( at the intermediate level).

I once saw a post dealing vith absolute value expressions as exponents with an example taken from Dorofeev's Elementary mathematics. That kind of reference ( with that kind of exercise) would be of great interest to me. ( Unfortunately it is rather difficult to find a copy of Dorofeev's book).

Remark. When I say " not too old ones", don't understand I have prejudices against old math books. To the contrary I highly appreciate math books written during the period 1945-1970 first for typography , second for clarity and elegance in explanations, third for a certain " free thinking air" ( so to say) one can breathe in these books. As an example, I'd take Moses Richardon's books.

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If you need something quick, one of the best handbooks is "Mathematical handbook for scientists and engineers" by G.A. Korn and T.M. Korn.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this reference. Andrey, do you know any book comparable to Dorofeev's Elementary mathematics ? $\endgroup$ – Ray LittleRock Mar 30 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, no, but I think, any Elementary mathematics book of the stated years would be as well good. $\endgroup$ – Andrey Semenov Mar 30 at 15:17

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