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Mathematics is a very comprehensive subject. There are so many kinds of math that are taught at practically every level of education, from pre-school where students add and subtract wooden blocks on a table to graduate school where students work with complex equations that would make the average person’s head spin. In most cases, students use math textbooks to help them learn everything from multiplication to statistics. According to Top10textbooks.com, the following textbooks are considered the top 10 college textbooks in the subject of mathematics. These books were all published in the last few years and are frequently used at colleges and universities around the country:

1) Calculus (Seventh Edition) by James Stewart (2011 – Brooks Cole)


2) Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Seventh Edition) by James Stewart (2010 – Brooks Cole)


3) Linear Algebra and Its Applications (Fourth Edition) by David C. Lay (2011 – Addison Wesley)


4) Elementary Statistics Technology Update (Eleventh Edition) by Mario F. Triola (2011 – Addison Wesley)


5) Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach (Fifth Edition) by Jeffrey O. Bennett and William L. Briggs (2010 – Addison Wesley)


6) Discrete Mathematics with Applications (Fourth Edition) by Susanna S. Epp (2010 – Brooks Cole)


7) Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Seventh Edition) by James Stewart (2011 – Brooks Cole)


8) Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications (Seventh Edition) by Kenneth Rosen (2011 – McGraw Hill)


9) Elementary Statistics: A Step By Step Approach (Eighth Edition) by Allan Bluman (2011 – McGraw Hill)


10) Calculus (Ninth Edition) by Ron Larson and Bruce H. Edwards (2009 – Brooks Cole)

As you can see, most of these textbooks are used in higher-level math classes, such as linear algebra, calculus, and discrete math. One common thread among the books is that most of them have been revised numerous times and are in their later editions. When a textbook has upwards of 10 different editions, there is a good chance that it is one of the best books in its subject area. When a new edition of a textbook is released, the book will be updated and will contain more relevant or important information than its previous editions. That is why all of these books are considered some of the best math books currently available. They have been revised so much that all potential flaws have been eliminated from them, and they are essentially as perfect as possible. Math professors will likely choose these books for their classes if they are teaching courses in these specific areas of mathematics.

If you need any of these books for your math classes, be sure to use Textbooks.org as a resource to compare prices on them. Since these books are considered the best of the best, they won’t come cheap.