Greetings ladies and gents! I'm a Junior in high school, and am preparing for when I go into college - but the sad thing is I attend a *very* small school in Missouri, and they don't offer anything to really give me a 'leg up' for when I go to college (to follow my passion for physics, of course); and by that I mean they offer Trigonometry as the highest level mathematics (I've taken Geometry, Algebra I and II, and Trigonometry will be my senior year class) - no Calculus or PreCalculus at all. And as for physics, the only thing they offer close to physics is a half-credit physical science class stuck on at the butt end of a half-credit Earth Science class (which I took my Sophomore year). :( So I've been forced to do mostly self study on physics and math to get as much as possible from the classes/lack of. So on to my questions. What should I do to prepare myself for college? Buy a PreCalculus/Calculus book and plug away at it? I *might* also get a chance to move out to Arizona to live with one of my friends to take my senior year and get a better education*. It's a big school and offers pretty much everything, so I'd have a chance to take anything I wanted. If I do get so lucky what should I take (I'd have to take Trigonometry)? Could I take Precalculus or the Calculus while taking Trigonometry? If I don't get a chance to move out there, what would you guys suggest? As for physics, I definitely want to take a good full class on it instead of just reading an out-of-date textbook and online lectures by myself, if I go out to AZ. But if going out to AZ doesn't happen, what would you suggest I do? My textbook is a fairly good one (Modern Physics Holt, Winston, Rinehart, 1984), but it doesn't give solutions in the back of the book for the problems (which I would most definitely like to have). So I'd like to get the best possible textbook on physics that doesn't require knowledge of Calculus. What would you guys suggest (I'd like to do this for self study in my free time, regardless of whether I get to go to AZ or not)? *I might be going out to Arizona because our school has been doing *very* poorly on the standardized MAP tests that we're required to pass as a school, and the only reason we've been passing is because of exceptional scores from people on Free-Lunch (program for people to eat free at school since their family is so poor - which I'm on). But, from what we've been told, this isn't going to save us this time. Most likely we won't pass, our school will become uncredited, and because of it, I won't be able to graduate (not surprising, our school has the lowest test scores in the state, I do believe). (And thus I'll have to attend a different school, hence my friends parents offer to possibly let me stay with them in AZ, big school, I'd be able to take good classes, so on.) Last year many people were just circling letters to make funny pictures on the test... I hate stupid people. :( Thanks! -Dan Y.