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November 8th, 2015, 11:53 PM  #1 
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Hi I am 28 and I decided to try math again. I used to be a good math student until 9 th grade. But than it got really really bad. I absolutely fell behind and math became a nightmare for me. I think that my failure was due to psychological factors and a very fast paced curriculum. Now I want to go back to math because when I was a child I liked it quite a lot and recently I discovered my interest in computers. I've never tried programming but maybe in future I will. I also enjoy watching numberphile videos because they show beauty of mathematics. I would also try to prove myself I am not so stupid as I've thought since highschool. What do you suggest I study, where should I start and what to focus on? Last week I started pre algebra on khan academy and I already knew about 3/4 of it, the rest is new to me. I think it would be necessary to take algebra after that. What should I study after algebra? I enjoy geometry like constructing shapes when given angles and calculating area of something. I also enjoy learning about patterns and properties of numbers when numberphile explains it. I really suck at functions and I never understood them. I had real problems working with abstract letters when I had no idea what they meant. I know there are many areas of mathematics but I don't know what they deal with. Can you give me an advice how to build my basics and what topic should I study on more advanced level? My purpose is mainly to be able to see elegance and beauty and to train my brain. Just maybe I might need it in future for programming but I am not sure if I will ever go that direction. Thank you. 
December 24th, 2015, 10:41 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2013 From: New York, USA Posts: 673 Thanks: 88 
The high school math I learned was algebra, then geometry, then trigonometry. Here are chapter titles for each: 1. Sequential Math I: 14 chapters Numbers and Variables Basic concepts Logic and Truth Tables Solving Linear Equations Solving Literal Equations and inequalities Operations With Polynomials Factoring Operations With Algebraic Fractions Operations With Irrational Numbers Fundament Ideas In Geometry Comparing and Measuring Geometric Figures Equations of Lines; Introduction to Transformations Solving Systems of Equations Inequalities Probability Statistics 2. Sequential Math II: 12 chapters Logic Mathematical Systems Polynomials and Algebraic Fractions Solving Linear and Quadratic Equations Basic Geometric Terms and Proving Triangles Congruent Parallel Lines and Triangles Special Quarilaterals and Polygons Similar and Right Triangles Coordinate Geometry Locus and Constructions Quadratic Equations In Two Variables Probability and Combinations 3. Sequential Math III: 10 chapters Review and Extension of Algebraic Methods Review and Extension of Equation Solving Complex Numbers Relations, Functions, and Transformations Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Circles Trigonometric Functions: The General Angle Trigonometric Identities, Equations, and Formulas Solving Triangles Bernoulli Experiments, the Binomial Theorem, and the Normal Curve 

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