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  1. May 9, 2016 #1
    For someone (like me) who is fascinated by maths and physics, but has had no education to speak of other than rudimentary basic stuff that was taught in my rather poor comprehensive school, finding a decent way to self teach is a bit daunting.
    The 'Dummies' books put me off a bit, I bought a book called 'Basic Physics: a self teaching guide' by Karl F. Kuhn which is great but gives all of the answers right next to the question, which is pointless.

    Are there any established books that can be recommended? I stress I am at base level and would like to hear your suggestions. I have looked though the forum and it seems I am in a huge minority as most of you are light years ahead of me.

    Thank you
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  4. May 9, 2016 #3
    What kind of maths do you know? Do you know any calculus?
  5. May 10, 2016 #4
    Im afraid I am coming late to this. My education is Comprehensive level (If you live in the UK and understand I was inner city schooled in the late 1970's/80's you will know what I am talking about. I have a basic understanding of maths, nothing more. No calculus, algebra or any other branch. Its not that I dont understand, its I haven't had the opportunity to learn and with the cost of courses so high, self teach is the obvious answer.
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  7. May 10, 2016 #6
    I would probably start with learning a bit of math before trying to tackle Resnick and Halliday; something like:
    1. https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Algebra-Barbara-Lee-Bleau/dp/1438001509
    2. https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Calculus-Barbara-Bleau-Ph-D/dp/0764119982
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