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Back in school but can't remember all of the math. Doomed?

  1. May 8, 2013 #1
    I'm 27 years old and I'm going back to school for physics. What if I can't remember everything from high school and what not? Am I doomed?!?! My hope is that the various different concepts will come back to me as I use them.
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  3. May 8, 2013 #2
    Then you will have to learn math all over again. However, in my experience, you learn it *much* faster the second or third time around.

    Start reviewing now if you have time...

    (I should add that I went back for an MS in physics in my 40's. I needed to re-teach myself calculus and undergrad physics almost from the beginning. However, it didn't take four years... more like a few months.)
    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  4. May 8, 2013 #3
    Of course you forgot! I went back to school for math at 34. I just started with pre-calculus, and now I'm entering my senior year. You'll catch up. You haven't been away nearly as long as I was.
  5. May 8, 2013 #4
    Thanks for the encouragement! I'm actually more concerned about remembering the basics than I am the more advanced stuff. It's weird, really. I'll be fine though, I'm sure ;)
  6. May 8, 2013 #5
    I went through various phases of "oh now I have to go through and review all this stuff from scratch!" which I sometimes did, but more often it was a kind of "fix it as you go," sort of process.
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