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August 31st, 2007, 06:34 AM   #1
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Ok, so here's my tale. I love physics and I love math. I'm in accounting and I refuse to admit that it is even in the same ballpark anymore. I am planning on going back to get my Masters of Science in Math. I am going to need 4 undergrad classes in order to be considered for admissions which includes Calc III, Differential Equations, and two other "advanced undergrad" math. Well, that's all well and good, but the last time I had Calc was my AP class in high school which qualified me to skip all college level maths, so I've been out of practice for (oh, let's see) a mere decade plus 2 years. I really want to re-establish my math skills (and maybe make sure I still have them!) before I go jumping into the wonderful world of Calculus III with both feet. Any suggestions of websites or books that would be fun for a math nerd a little out of practice? I don't mind starting with Algebra and working my way up and I love problems (obviously), but any books actually written for comprehension would also be a great help. It always seems like the words make no sense until i work the problem backwards to find out what the heck they're talking about...

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August 31st, 2007, 07:31 AM   #2
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I found that answering people's posts on math forums is an excellent way to just work a lot of problems, and have fun while you're doing it. However, if you're looking for a systematic ordered system of learning mathematics, you would naturally want a book or website that had a more structured approach.
Probably, your best bet is to grab a good college calculus textbook and start there, as that it going to be the best reference/guide you can get. Then you can try to follow that as a plan, using the web as you go. At least, that's my favorite may of learning things.

However, you'll probably get several opinions in reply to your post, so sort through them carefully.
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First of all, don't worry too much about Calc III -- it's a lot of fun, you'll like it. It doesn't require so much of the previous two calc courses as you might think. On the other hand, you'll need to review Calc II since it's used in later courses that you'll no doubt be taking. That's where I'd focus most. Maybe we can Google up some Calc II notes for you? If you can make it through the start of them you're doing well. After that some practice with tricky integrals would help.
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On the other hand, you'll need to review Calc II since it's used in later courses that you'll no doubt be taking. That's where I'd focus most.
Yes, that's the truth. Calc II is the hard one, it's the grunt work. That'll be the most difficult of them all, with the exception of certain areas of differential equations.
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What is the Masters of Science in Math for? How do you plan to make use of that or follow it up?
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