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March 20th, 2013, 12:44 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2013 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Returning to school
Hi everyone. I am a 54 year old who will be returning to school soon. I have learned that retirement is WAY to quiet/boring. I have decided that I will be taking classes towards a degree in electrical engineering with the intent to teach electronics myself. I haven't taken a math class in several decades, so as you might guess, I am definitely going to need to brush up my skills. I have ordered several books (prealgebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, and precalculus). This is all with the intent of preparing myself to take calculus for the first time. I am wondering if I should get a book on geometry too or is that unnecessary? I would appreciate anyone's advice/opinion as to whether I am going about this the right way or the wrong way. 
March 20th, 2013, 03:24 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 933 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Returning to school
It sounds good to me. Yes, I would get a book on geometry as well  you might not need to learn it as well as the others but you'll miss some critical insights (literally as well as figuratively) in the algebra without some geometry. The hard part for most people is sticking to the study, week in and week out, even when the material gets tough. Just remember to come back here if you get stuck! 
March 21st, 2013, 02:38 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2013 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Re: Returning to school
CRGreathouse: Thank you for the response. I think I am going to go through the prealgebra book, then the Algebra 1, but then do the Algebra 2 alongside the geometry. You are right that sticking to a study routine will be tantamount to my success. I have the habit of spending too much time with the guitar in my hands. I tend to use the guitar as a crutch when I am stressed... Thanks again for the advice. Trueblue 
March 21st, 2013, 02:43 PM  #4  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 933 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Returning to school Quote:
 

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