Hello! Thanks clicking this thread. Please allow me to trouble you for a few minutes. I'm about to finish my first semester at CUNY's Bronx Community College. CUNY's math placement test landed me on Math 05, which is basically Algebra 1 remedial class. Even though I'm about to pass that course with an A, I feel I still have huge "gaping holes" in my Math knowledge and I want to correct them before I start taking Calculus. My interests are Physics and Chemistry and my goal is to become a Chemical Engineer. My Math professor believes I am doing great in Algebra and instead focus on sharpening my Arithmetic; I agree with him but that does not satisfy me. I do not know what order Mathematics starts but I'm assuming it goes Arithmetic → Algebra → Geometry/Trigonometry → Calculus. I want to start from the most basic Arithmetic, so I'm looking for books that assume the reader is mathematically illiterate. I'm looking for training wheels and as I advance then ride on my own. Now, I'm not a "gifted genius" or anything of the sort; I expect to have huge difficulties. I simply want to have all the Mathematical knowledge I can obtain. If others can learn Mathematics so can I; the only difference between myself and a Math genius is that the dude has been studying longer than me, nothing else; my dreams and goals depend on learning Math, so I have no choice but to learn it. Any assistance you may provide me will be appreciated. Thank you. edit: http://www.maa.org/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf [Broken] just read it after checking out more threads related to my problem. I am now utterly confused! Hahah!