# Going back to college, Help with math

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# Going back to college, Help with math

Posted 05 August 2010 - 09:50 AM

It's been 3 years now since I dropped out and I've been killing myself each day for not finishing. I've recently moved and have been considering the idea of finishing (if the university here will let me) my degree in computer science.

I won't be able to start until I get residency here, so in the mean time, I think it'd be in my best interest to get back to where I left off. I've started back on C++ and lower level physics in older course books I kept. The problem still seems to be the math though.

TL;DR

Can anyone suggest some books to help me:

a. learn higher level maths at an easy pace

b. learn at a rate that doesn't bore or overwhelm me. That seems to be my problem, becoming overwhelmed with the math.

Let it be known, I'm not above "Math for Dummies" books.

Thanks

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 09:53 AM

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 09:56 AM

This topic was right on the front page:

http://www.dreaminco...ic/184289-math/

Thanks

macosxnerd101, on 05 August 2010 - 08:53 AM, said:

Thanks for the quick response! I really love the idea of math and what it represents and what you can do with it. I just, as of now, don't have the mental prowess to use it correctly without getting frustrated. I guess that's a common thing though.

Also, this was my first post on this board! Hope to be here a lot more for great help like this!

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## Re: Going back to college, Help with math

Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:27 AM

nimajneb, on 05 August 2010 - 08:50 AM, said:

It's been 3 years now since I dropped out and I've been killing myself each day for not finishing. I've recently moved and have been considering the idea of finishing (if the university here will let me) my degree in computer science.

I won't be able to start until I get residency here, so in the mean time, I think it'd be in my best interest to get back to where I left off. I've started back on C++ and lower level physics in older course books I kept. The problem still seems to be the math though.

TL;DR

Can anyone suggest some books to help me:

a. learn higher level maths at an easy pace

b. learn at a rate that doesn't bore or overwhelm me. That seems to be my problem, becoming overwhelmed with the math.

Let it be known, I'm not above "Math for Dummies" books.

Thanks

As far as calculus - USE YOUTUBE. There are calculus videos posted by a guy named patrickJMT or something like that - VERY helpful. I usually did not take notes/attend my cal classes simply b/c I could learn pretty much anything from this guy on my own time (with help of book at times)

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:45 AM

So, master algebra. Get some exposure to geometry. Move on to pre-calculus, then calculus. After that, you should be all set to tackle higher maths!

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:47 AM

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:01 PM

thursdayniac, on 05 August 2010 - 09:27 AM, said:

Thanks a lot for posting this. The videos you are talking about are this guys:

http://www.youtube.com/user/patrickJMT

I just got back from the library and picked up a couple of practice books, and went and bought some notebooks. Time to start practicing! Thanks all for the input

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:30 PM

nimajneb, on 05 August 2010 - 11:01 AM, said:

thursdayniac, on 05 August 2010 - 09:27 AM, said:

Thanks a lot for posting this. The videos you are talking about are this guys:

http://www.youtube.com/user/patrickJMT

I just got back from the library and picked up a couple of practice books, and went and bought some notebooks. Time to start practicing! Thanks all for the input

np, I hope he helps you as much as he did me. And I agree with the above poster, the hard part of calculus is the enormous amount of algebra. Pro tip: go back and really learn the fundamentals of algebra. I wish I would have known this in 6th grade when I took algebra 1 =(

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## Re: Going back to college, Help with math

Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:11 AM

nimajneb, on 05 August 2010 - 08:50 AM, said:

It's been 3 years now since I dropped out and I've been killing myself each day for not finishing. I've recently moved and have been considering the idea of finishing (if the university here will let me) my degree in computer science.

I won't be able to start until I get residency here, so in the mean time, I think it'd be in my best interest to get back to where I left off. I've started back on C++ and lower level physics in older course books I kept. The problem still seems to be the math though.

TL;DR

Can anyone suggest some books to help me:

a. learn higher level maths at an easy pace

b. learn at a rate that doesn't bore or overwhelm me. That seems to be my problem, becoming overwhelmed with the math.

Let it be known, I'm not above "Math for Dummies" books.

Thanks

In my case it was the opposite, the programming problems were the obstacles

check this website out, http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/

it has the complete set of books for , Algebra, Calc 1 ,2 and 3, Linear algebra

it is an online resource for math students at Lamar U. but also open for everyone.

the explanations are clear, i found that better than my books.

If you have any math problems just post in the math forum and i will help you with your problems.

This post has been edited by **tor.ment0r**: 10 August 2010 - 01:14 AM

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## Re: Going back to college, Help with math

Posted 10 August 2010 - 06:20 AM