More recently, electronic workbooks have permitted interactive and customized learning. Such workbooks may be used on computers, laptops, PDAs, and may be web-based.
The term workbook is also used to describe other compilations of questions that require the reader to complete scratch-work when dealing with higher-level mathematics. In industry, they may be customized interactive manuals which are used to help provide structure to an otherwise complex problem. The workbook format can also be used as a training tool for certain job positions.
They are favored because students can work directly in their books, eliminating the need for looseleaf and copying questions from a textbook.
Workbooks also hold an advantage because they are usually smaller and lighter than textbooks, which equates to less trouble when students bring the workbooks home to complete their homework.
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4. a student's book of problems to be solved directly on the pages
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a book of problems or practice examples for a student to use as part of a course of study
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a student's book containing instruction and exercises relating to a particular subject.