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Is the AoPS Prealgebra online textbook necessary in addition to the paperback?


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Hi,

 

I'm ready to start my 10 year-old son on AoPS Prealgebra. I'm new to the middle-school / high-school part of AoPS, and really don't know what would all be necessary to get started.  I see there are lots of you, moms and dads, here, who have experience with AoPS.   AoPS offers the paperback textbook (with solutions), in addition to the online textbook.  One can purchase just the paperback, or just the online book, or the combo (paperback + online book) .  

 

So, the question is, is it enough to just buy the paperback version? Or would adding the online version as well enhance the learning experience? From what I can see, one can access Alcumus and all videos for free anyway.  I'm inclined to think just the paperback is enough, but wanted to consult with you so I can make a more educated decision.

 

Thank you so much for any tips and guidance!!

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The online books have the same material, but they are apparently integrated into the aops website, so students have links to videos, solutions, alcumus and discussions with other students within the online book. This is all stuff you can access via the website without the online book, but it does sound like a cool way to pull it all together.

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Thanks for the info Arcadia & Slackermom. I appreciate the feedback.  It does sound like a cool thing to have it all handy!!  That "community" feeling to it might even prove motivating for a child.  Hmmm!  It looks like I might opt for the combo package  :thumbup1:   

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