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August 26th, 2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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I need to refresh all my math skills, been a long time...

Hello,

My name is Pawe? but all know me as PolishPaul. I'm 30 and i love math and computers. When i was a kid i loved math and was rather good at it (best in class). Now many years later, life got in the way, i got older, lazier and I'm realizing that I'm no longer even slightly skilled in math. I've taken courses at a college and I've done well, but I've always felt I lack the skill that I expect of myself.

For a long time I've been wanting to refresh all my math knowledge, and continue my math education. The highest level I've achieved was Calculus in college.

So my goal is to self-study and I'm asking for some advice. I'm looking for FREE resources to learn math such as good websites or e-books.

At first, I'd like to rehash all the basics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. I suppose we could throw in statistics there too. I found on these forums here some free MIT courses (http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Mathematics/index.htm), but I'd like to start that after refreshing my basics.

So I would kindly ask you for:
  • Any good sites or other free resources that i can use for this purpose.
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  • Additionally, I'm also interested in GOOD books or material (not necessarily free) - Today's school books are so watered down and don't teach the subject as well as older books that I've come across. I don't just want to learn how, but WHY certain things are... I hope you all understand what i'm saying... I want to achieve a DEEP understanding...
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  • I would also like to ask this:
    What structure would you recommend for learning math. I've studied mostly in the USA (from 11+) and the structure has been Algebra 1+2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Would you recommend the same learning path? Any other subjects or areas to revisit for a STRONG FOUNDATION?[/*:m:hk0sjgfm]
Many thanks for all your advice.
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August 26th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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I will assume that you can handle simple arithmetic concepts from elementary school level. It's easy to review the simple mathematical material (algebra, geometry, etc.). Go to this link, it's a good review site. Also, there's even more mathematics involved after calculus, such as differential equations, topology, real analysis, and MORE! If you like mathematics and want to become a liberal mathematician, then you might as well learn all of that, which is piece of cake. Go to amazon.com, they have good deal selling good mathematics books. After all that, if you want, try checking out advanced physics, such as quantum mechanics for example (although Einstein didn't like the whole idea of quantum mechanics)!
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August 27th, 2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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Re: I need to refresh all my math skills, been a long time...

Sweet, thanks for that link. I've been googling around a bit and have found some sites i'll check out more thoroughly.
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Good luck!
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