I attended a certain engineering school in Philly for 4 years switching from Computer Science to software engineering to not going there anymore. I have attained an AS (wahoo!) in info systems. I know that's relatively useless other than the C++ training. I don't enjoy this kind of work and I also live in NE where there is little work in this field. I discovered physics after reading every Kaku, Green, Hawking... book I could find after leaving college. The concepts are pretty clear to me with minor questions but it's the mathematics I need to study. However, I do not have the ability to pay for school just yet. I have worked out a deal with some family members who will help me if I can show them that this is my life calling. Before you ask, it is. I now have to get myself moving in the right direction to prove I'm a worthy investment. I'm asking any professionals or professors for suggestions on how to teach myself (A daunting task after attempting to teach myself discrete math). I understand a good text book will help and I have: 1: Calculus: Early Transcendentals 8th edition -Howard Anton, Irl Bivens, Stephen Davis This was my calc book at Drexel and made it up through the Taylor series but it was a while ago which brings me to 2: Forgotten Calculus 3rd edition - Barbara Lee Bleau as more of a reference. 3: Discrete Mathematics with Graph Theory 3rd ed -Edgar G. Goodaire and Michael M. Parmenter 4:Principles of Physics : A calculus-based text 4th - Serway and Jewett (It may have been a Drexel U only book) My concern is that when I get stuck, I lack the support of a professor or TAs. What would be a good approach for me to start prepping myself for my return to the academic world? Words can not express my gratitude for any assistance.