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If you are a student at Michigan State University, it is highly recommended that you go to the Mathematics Learning Center (MLC) for free help with your homework in MTH 1825, 100-level and 200-level classes. The MLC is located on the first floor of Wells Hall, in the A-wing. Help is also available from the Learning Resources Center in 202 Bessey Hall.

If you would like to study on your own, this guide provides some suggested library resources. Resources are available both in the Mathematics Library in D101 Wells Hall and the Main Library. For more information, please contact the Mathematics Librarian, Sheila Bryant,


Study Guides

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Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of College Mathematics: Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Precalculus, Introduction to Calculus - Frank Ayres, Jr., Philip A. Schmidt
Call Number: QA37.2 .A948 2003
ISBN: 0071402276
An ideal course text or supplement for the many underprepared students enrolled in the required freshman college math course, this revision of the highly successful outline (more than 348,000 copies sold to date) has been updated to reflect the many recent changes in the curriculum. Based on Schaum's critically acclaimed pedagogy of concise theory illustrated by solved problems, Schaum's Outline of College Mathematics features: Mathematical modeling throughout, modernized graphs, graphing, and scientific calculator coverage. More than 1,500 fully solved problems. Another 1,500 supplementary problems.

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1001 Math Problems
Call Number: QA43 .A12 2009
ISBN: 1576856860
1001 Math Problems was written with the idea of helping a reader overcome math anxiety by giving math problems and explanations in a simple and engaging format. This book is essential practice in dealing with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, basic algebra, and basic geometry. It can be used alone, or along with another basic math text of the reader’s choice. Its a great way to brush up on forgotten skills, supplement a course of study, or prepare for standardized test.


High School Textbooks

The Mathematics Library in D101 Wells Hall has several high school mathematics textbooks on reserved reading.  These are available at the circulation desk; they check out for two hours and must be used within the library.


Computer Software

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An Electronic Companion to College Algebra (CD-rom) - Charles P. McKeague, C. Patrick McKeague, and Denny Burzynski
Call Number: QA157 .M39 2000
ISBN: 1580320538
This CD-Rom has both review and self-test modes along with topic summaries and hundreds of new exercises, questions, and answers for successful self-paced study.

Mathpert Algebra Assistant (CD-rom) - software developed and implemented by Michael J. Beeson ; user's guide by Jeff Walden
Call Number: QA157 .M387 1997 disc, guides 1-2
This learning software is designed for beginning and intermediate algebra students. Its active educational intelligence will solve any course-level problem and display every step of the solution. It also helps students solve problems themselves while protecting them from trivial mistakes. Algebra Assistant builds experience and proficiency in the strategy of problem solving. It's the first module of a complete learning technolgy that guides students all the way through calculus.
For more like this, check out the Mathpert Precalculus Assistant and the Mathpert Calculus Assistant.


  • S.O.S. Math
    S.O.S. Mathematics is your free resource for math review material from algebra to differential equations. The perfect study site for high school, college students and adult learners.
  • The Math Forum
    The Math Forum is the leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication since 1992. It offers a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development.
  • MathVids is a website dedicated to providing high quality, instructional, free math videos to middle school, high school, and college students who need math help.

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