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  1. Dec 25, 2014 #1
    Hey everyone I'm new here but just about to start school again for mechanical engineering and was wondering what math would I need to take to lead me up to calculus because I've only passed one remedial math when I went 5 years ago
     
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  3. Dec 25, 2014 #2

    jedishrfu

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    Welcome to PF!

    The sequence would be

    Algebra
    Geometry
    Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry
    Precalculus
    Calculus 1: Differential Calculus
    Calculus 2: Integral Calculus
    Calculus 3: Multivariable Calculus
    Linear Algebra
    Differential Equations
    Advanced Calculus
    Boundary Value Problems
    ...
     
  4. Dec 25, 2014 #3
    Thanks a lot. I was worried I'd have to take all of them in that order since I've been out of school for so long but I'm confident I can take those remedial maths to be caught up in a year and be ready for calculus the next so being 1 year behind doesn't bother me I. planned on graduating with bachelor's in 5.5 years
     
  5. Dec 25, 2014 #4

    SteamKing

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    You are going to need to be proficient, at a minimum, with algebra and trigonometry. If you can also take a course in so-called 'college algebra', that would also be useful.
    If your arithmetic is rusty, you should brush up on that as well. A course in Euclidean geometry is also recommended.

    I am just seeing the list which jedishrfu has posted. Most ME curricula will start out with the Calculus 1 class and then go down the list from that point.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2014 #5
    I did great in geometry and algebra was in precalculus my junior year of high school then messed up stuff lol didn't graduate just a ged but I figure I was in pre calculus that early I think it should all come back fairly easy but still want to retake trig precalculus in college the offer those right as remedial?
     
  7. Dec 25, 2014 #6
    BTW thanks for awesome replies most helpful forum so far all other ones I've tried e just trolls lol
     
  8. Dec 25, 2014 #7

    SteamKing

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    Check with your school.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2014 #8

    jedishrfu

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    For remedial online resources check out

    Mathispower4u.yolasite.com

    There are a large number of short videos on each topic in each of the courses you wish to study.
     
  10. Dec 28, 2014 #9
    In my experience engineering colleges tend to want you to start with calculus 1 in the first semester. So the way I see it there's two options:

    1.) Take the math prerequisites at a community college or delay entry into the ME program when you get to college until you've caught up

    2.) (And probably ideal) most colleges will administer a basic math proficiency exam. It will depend on the school, but it could be anything from clearing you to take calculus 1 to getting credit for all of the first-year calculus (generally clearing you to take calc 3, ie "multivariable calculus" or even up to differential equations). So time to hit the books :P

    Try Khan Academy or Coursera for video lectures on the math. You should have no trouble finding all of the content you'll need (jedishrfu's progression is what you'll want to follow). I also recommend looking up some Shaum's Outlines books or even better the Demystified series.
     
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