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Chalkdust Algebra 2 vs. Foerster algebra 2

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Could someone compare these two for me, please? We will be using this with my son who did Lial's Algebra. I have searched the forums quite a bit but I just am not sure have have seen these two compared. Is Chalkdust more rigorous? More appropriate for a bright student? Or would Foerster be better for a student who is just good but not "great," at math?


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Chalkdust uses the Larson text, which doesn't develop concepts well (IMO) and the applications are...dull and algorithmic (IMO), but I have not seen how Chalkdust augments the text (if it does).


Foerster is a rigorous text, with excellent applications.  If you want video lectures, you can get them from Math Without Borders.


Another option would be Derek Owens.  His Algebra 2 course is excellent, though probably not as rigorous as Foerster.

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