This is a bit embarrassing I must admit, so let me preface my problem with how I have arrived at the problem. I had become jaded with mathematics in high school due to a horrible teacher and a terrible time in his class. (He continually berated us and insulted out intelligence, and considering this was an advanced this class there wasn't any of your normal high school trouble-makers.) So I stopped my mathematics education there because it was as far as I had to go, which was an Algebra 2 class. Sort of a precursor to Trig or pre-calculus depending on which way you wanted to go and the class covered elements of both fields of study. I have completed my first year of college and I am well on my way to a degree in paralegal studies which will be a stepping stone to a Juris Doctorate. Before I start to ramble on though I feel I have shunned and begrudged mathematics for far too long and I feel as if my argumentative power is slipping because I lack the understanding of some mathematical principles. (You see I enjoy a good debate in physics and other subjects because I am a fan of abstract thought.) The question is where do I start so I can advance and learn advanced mathematics?