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Begining math study

  1. Jan 1, 2010 #1

    I'm an adult and i've forgotten the little math i learned in school, so i need to start right from the basics. I'm looking to learn math from the beginning and go beyond school-level, the aim is to get into further topics that relate to computer science, with additional interest to calculus and physics. Resources on the internet are highly fragmented and it's difficult to organize yourself, or choose the right one. Besides hundreds of various books available that offer basic>advanced>... topics, i've found http://www.mathtutordvd.com/ , which seems to me fairly organized and "good looking". Is mathtutordvd quality learning and fulfilling material that doesn't cut any corners? I have little trust for video, since it's not as practical as text for educational purposes (a picture is still worth a thousand words :p ). Any recommendations and pointers will be more than welcomed.

    Thank you for your time.
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  3. Jan 1, 2010 #2

    I know how you feel, I'm trying to study math further on my own while working so I won't have forgotten it when I reapply to grad school. My own advice is to do a lot of problems - video lectures won't help much. Do problems and when you have trouble, come here and ask for help. My personal favorite books to study from are the REA Problem Solvers. They have TONS of problems, and when you've tried your hand at them, you can look at the solution to see if you are doing it correctly.
  4. Jan 5, 2010 #3


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    Just my two cents on REA books that relate to standardized test prep: they are terrible. I've looked at their math books for SAT prep and also the New Jersey Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA). The REA books are wrought with errors, and their practice question bear little resemblance to the actual test questions.

    This may or may not be the REA books you refer to, but I felt I had to respond.
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