August 31st, 2014, 01:21 PM  #11  
Banned Camp Joined: Jun 2014 From: Earth Posts: 945 Thanks: 191  Quote:
Do not make blanket statements, especially in this case.  
September 8th, 2014, 09:36 PM  #12 
Member Joined: Jul 2014 From: Seattle Posts: 96 Thanks: 2 
I think most people who struggle with mathematics usually aren't really struggling with the aspect of math they are trying to learn. They often didn't understand something in the past which is required in order to understand that topic, e.g. you have no idea about exponent rules whatsoever but then you try to study logarithms and when you get a question such as log2 1/8 then you wouldn't be able to answer and you may conclude that logarithms are hard and move on and then figuring that you can answer most of the logarithm questions, you try to solve logarithmic equations but you fail because you don't fully understand logarithms (because you don't fully understand the exponent rules that certain logs need) and so you say, I give up; I'm bad at math. I hope my example illustrates why I think most people think they're bad at math. I would say, take your time getting a solid foundation of arithmetic & prealgebra, algebra, geometry & trigonometry etc. then think about moving on to calculus and once you've got basic calculus down then you will have all the tools you need to understand some of the more advanced topics. A fun topic to learn which requires very little in terms of foundations is basic statistics and probability since it's very applicable to life and can be applied quite quickly. 
October 1st, 2015, 11:58 AM  #13 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2015 From: South Africa Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Maths sucks
Maths sucks. It's just too difficult for the averageminded. I would never pursue a career in maths because I feel as if it's a waste of time and money. There are so many career opportunities out there that do not require maths and pay a considerate salary. For me, making money is more important than maths.
Last edited by skipjack; October 2nd, 2015 at 01:14 AM. 
October 1st, 2015, 11:43 PM  #14  
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 965 Thanks: 342  Quote:
Clearly the original poster sees value in maths and is seeking help, to say it's a waste of time, when clearly for the OP it isn't, is pathetic at best. It's a good choice for you to avoid maths, because with an attitude like that, you'd find it difficult to find anyone willing to help you with it. Last edited by skipjack; October 2nd, 2015 at 01:15 AM.  
October 2nd, 2015, 01:23 AM  #15 
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It's best to ignore that kind of post.

October 2nd, 2015, 03:35 AM  #16 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 965 Thanks: 342 
You're right, it just really struck a nerve this morning. So, back to the job in hand, there's a book I used to use called Engineering Mathematics, by K.A. Stroud. I found it quite intuitive and it should cover a lot of relevant areas for the OP. 

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