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Well I like math, but the problem is I've found this out recently. I knew I would have to learn math to I picked up "algebra demystified" but it is basically a work book with VERY little explaining. But I made it through most of the work was straight forward and it opened my eyes a little, and I realized I REALLY like math. I picked up the sequel to it you could say, called "college algebra". I can say that it has the same amount of explaining which is worse because the concepts are not as simple any more. Got up to graphing non-linear inequalities, but the sections are so short its moving to fast. But Ive also be messing getting bit's and pieces of help else where, but its not good enough I need

*explaining*. This can be a problem because most algebra books Ive seen are written to an audience who doesn't care how it works they just want to get through it. (high-schoolers I guess : / ). I met someone online who was surprised at how much I liked math and thought I might have potential to go somewhere if I learn the important stuff right. He said I should look at Calculus by Micheal Spivak. Needless to say it was too much for me, but the first chapter was very interesting and proving some of the simplest mathematical concepts was more involved than I thought. But I really enjoyed it. From what I hear this is formal mathematics. I want to grasp the inner working of algebra not learn the "tricks". I want to be able to make my own method when the need arises! Now this is my learning situation, Ive had pretty much no background of mathematics except what I've taught myself. The end of September will be 3 months now. I'm only 17. I don't have a teacher, I'm not in a classroom and can't afford a tutor. I'm teaching myself on my own. For reasons I would rather not discuss I will probably never be able to get to go to college. (probably is being generous) But I'm determined, I want to learn ALOT more than algebra, but only after I understand it. Also If there is some book that helps ease you into to formal math that would be great too, but I'm more concerned about algebra. Thanks for reading this far.
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