A simple algebra problem (Image credit: Evelyn Saenz)

Take a stab at the following algebra problem:

3 + 2x = 7

Did you solve it right away? If so, you probably figured out fairly quickly that the “x” represents a 2 since 2 x 2 = 4 and adding 3 to it will equal 7.

This problem might look a little too basic and could be a problem you would see in middle or high school. However, it is a simple representation of what algebra is all about. If you are enrolled in a college algebra course, you will be doing similar problems – likely ones that are a bit more advanced – but follow the same basic pattern. If you want to do well, you need the right textbook to guide you through your course.

TopTenTopTen.com has compiled a list of the top 10 college algebra textbooks. The list is as follows:

1) College Algebra by Judith A. Beecher, Judith A. Penna, and Marvin L. Bittinger (2011 – Addison-Wesley)

2) College Algebra by Robert F. Blitzer (2009 – Prentice Hall)

3) College Algebra by Michael Sullivan (2011 – Addison-Wesley_

4) Understanding Intermediate Algebra: A Course for College Students (with CD) by Lewis Hirsch and Goodman (2005 – Brooks Cole)

5) College Algebra by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, and David I. Schneider (2008 – Addison-Wesley)

6) College Algebra: Graphs and Models by Marvin L. Bittinger (2005 – Addison-Wesley)

7) College Algebra Essentials Plus MyMathLab Student Access Kit (3rd Edition) by Robert F. Blitzer (2010 – Addison-Wesley)

8) Elementary Algebra for College Students (8th Edition) by Allen R. Angel (2010 – Prentice Hall)

9) College Algebra with Modeling and Visualization (4th Edition) by Gary K. Rockswold (2009 – Addison-Wesley)

10) Schaum’s Outline of College Algebra, Third Edition (Schaum’s Outline Series) by Murray Spiegel and Robert Moyer (2009 – McGraw-Hill)

Evidently, based on this list, Addison-Wesley publishes some of the best college algebra textbooks. So even if you have to buy a book not on this list, but it was published by Addison-Wesley, you will probably be in good hands and should be on your way to getting a good grade in your college algebra class.

Use Textbooks.org as a great resource to compare prices on these textbooks and a number of other books focused on college algebra. Even if you aren’t required to have one of these textbooks for your college algebra class, you might want to pick one up just to have it on hand because of how well the material is explained in them. It could be your own little secret to getting an A on your next algebra test.