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Intuition comes after you do the 1,000th homework problem. Approximately.

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That's the only way...

When I first studied calculus, I didn't understood much of it.In fact, I felt like a robot. Don't feel worried if you haven't mastered all the concepts yet. You say you want this math for

applications in science and engineering. I understood Calculus concepts better when I started seeing these applications. That was when I started enjoying it.

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No, not really.Intuition comes after you do the 1,000th homework problem. Approximately.

Or at least I really want to believe that there is a better way for people. I see them droning away solving problem after problem and afterwards they still lacks any form of deeper understanding.

I would say that the best way to learn it (Engineering maths) is something like this:

Learn the intuitive explanations. Understand the intuitive explanations. Visualize them. Try to visualize the problem before you do it, when you do it think in your intuitive terms what you are actually doing, then you should understand that it is all actually trivial. When you get to that point you are done.

Just hacking away at a lot of problems trying to get better at maths is like flapping around your arms randomly trying to get stronger arms.

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This is also valid for other branches of mathematics: multivar calculus, linear algebra, differential equations... I've done that way, and it worked really nice.