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Algebra and Calculus Review

  1. Aug 30, 2006 #1

    I'm an amateur so please bear with my question. I'm reviewing Algebra, patienly answering every exercise in the my textbook. I enjoy answering the exercises but sometimes I get impatient especially when the questions look the same and are less of a challenge. I've read somewhere that in order to get better at Calculus, I'd have to master my Algebra, so that's exactly what I'm doing. What I'd like to know is at what point in (my) Algebra (review) can I begin reviewing Calculus. Is it a good idea or should I put of my Calculus review until I finish the whole Algebra textbook?

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Aug 30, 2006 #2


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    Since you've actually already learned this stuff, have you considered only doing the most difficult exercices? Those are usually the last in the series as you've probably noticed.
  4. Aug 30, 2006 #3
    depends on what algebra and what calculus you are learning...

    if you are dealing with 1-D,2-D,3-D or unary/binary/ternary functions, or 1-dependent variable 2-dependent variable functions for root finding, function evaluation, integration,interpolation,differentiation,extrema..
    you should have no real need for algebra.

    If your doing higher dimensional systems(Linear systems of N equations, then linear algebra is needed, or if your studying vector calculus).
  5. Aug 30, 2006 #4
    I never got good at algebra (which is arguable - how about somewhat proficient) until taking calculus. I found doing the calculus problems required me to consult my algebra book to be like, "oh, that's why I need to know that". To me, algebra just requires practice. Just do as many challenging problems as possible. The challenging problems will require you to know the really basic stuff in order to do them. Until I got decent at algebra I never really understood math... it all seemed like magic :smile:
  6. Aug 31, 2006 #5
    Well yes I have. But I've been out of shape (mathematically speaking) since I got my undergrad in Physics more than 6 years ago because I took a programming job since. There's no concrete way for me to gauge my math skills unless I work on each and every exercise after every chapter in the text. So that's exactly what I'm doing. I'd like to build a solid foundation.
  7. Aug 31, 2006 #6
    Precalculus Algebra and Differential and Integral Calculus. I'm starting with the basics following my course flow chart during college.
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