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Need some books recommendation before college

  1. Dec 2, 2015 #1

    So the last time I grabbed a college-level book was 2 and a half years ago.
    In October/2016 I am starting my bachelor of science majoring in Electrical Engineering.
    So I have plenty of time to recover the flexibility of my brain.

    First of all, I need to get a fresh restart regarding the "Pre-Calculus" area.
    I am considering the book "Pre-Calculus Workbook for Dummies, 2nd edition" https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Calculus..._UL160_SR127,160_&refRID=144FBKBG30WQFDMXNYW4

    Do you think it is a good book to refresh my mind or there are better options out there? The thing is, there are some Pre-Calculus books consisting of more than 500 pages and honestly I find it kind of absurd !

    Also, what are some Must-Read books before enrolling in an EE program ? Some have told me, the Art of Electronics is a Must. What do you think ?
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  3. Dec 2, 2015 #2
    I don't know about *must*, but I have heard good things about it, though I haven't read it myself (I am a Junior in electrical engineering). Your book choice would probably be good, but there are also plenty of precalculus resources online for free if you don't want to spend any money. The goal is to just be comfortable with algebraic manipulations, and for electrical (VERY important), you need to be very comfortable with trig. Know the trig functions very well.

    You may also look into getting some hands-on experience with basic circuitry and programming by doing some microcontroller projects. You could buy an Arduino starter kit and learn online. You'll be doing plenty of programming in EE, and it's nice to have some exposure to basic hardware setup and programming beforehand, assuming you don't have that background (though it is not 100% essential).
  4. Dec 2, 2015 #3
    Well, I have just bought the book "Python Programming, an introduction to Computer Science 2nd edition by John Zelle". The Technical university of Munich recommends that the student has some kind of programming skills before enrolling although it is not essential.
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