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(Oh, and I've never tried this "learn on your own" stuff before, so general ideas about that would help! )

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(Oh, and I've never tried this "learn on your own" stuff before, so general ideas about that would help! )

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Are you sure this class is a "reiteration" of the previous one? Maybe you're just doing some review before moving onto new material?

Did you do very well in the previous math classes? It might be worth going through the material again if it means you will become much more proficient at it. (e.g. poor algebra skills will make calculus hard to learn)

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Or you could always take night courses at a community college.

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Yeah, that would be a great start.Daverz said:Calculus Made Easyis a classic one. I remember one that I read as a teenager that was essentially a comic book, but was pretty good,Prof. E McSquared's Calculus Primer.

Or you could always take night courses at a community college.

I would still consider what Hurkyl said. Do you have good algebra skills?

Normally you can just jump into Calculus. I never did anything special before going in and I did fine. If you know the Binomial Theorem, know what a limit is, and how to play around with variables quite easily, you're a bit ahead of what I knew before I started.

I recommend a high school Calculus textbook because Stewart's Calculus might be too advanced for now.

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http://www.math.wisc.edu/~keisler/calc.html

if you're comfortable with the fact that it teaches a nonstandard formalism. (You're learning the same calculus -- it's just a different foundational approach)

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I wouldn't play around with the foundation of such a subject because if he seeks help, he will have almost no one for help. It would have to be general.Hurkyl said:

http://www.math.wisc.edu/~keisler/calc.html

if you're comfortable with the fact that it teaches a nonstandard formalism. (You're learning the same calculus -- it's just a different foundational approach)

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EDIT: You can also find the notes from the class on Faulkner's website.

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My only problem is keeping track of what I'm doing, and losing/changing a number I shouldn't be changing in the process. Tiny, little errors make A students B students, you know.

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A students also practice and make mistakes, but fix them, over and over and over and over and over... until those tiny mistakes don't exist anymore :)Blahness said:

My only problem is keeping track of what I'm doing, and losing/changing a number I shouldn't be changing in the process. Tiny, little errors make A students B students, you know.

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Therefore, here I come, practicing. x.x

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Yeah, I didn't mean it in a hostile way. Now after rereading what was said, it was unnecessary to even point out. That's what I get for skimming through threads :yuck:Blahness said:

Therefore, here I come, practicing. x.x

To actually offer something that may be of some use for you. Check out the http://www.maplesoft.com/" [Broken] tutors for calculus. They have some excellent tutors that will walk you through, step by step through problems. It really helped me learn differentiation rules, and even basic integrals when I was studied calc. What made Calc I so hard for me was my horrible algebra skills. I actually still fall back on my TI-89 because I'll forget something in algebra. Oh... and with those tutors you can make up your own problems. So if you are ever like, what if this, or what if that... you can put it in there and try it out.

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