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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hello everyone,

My name is Mike. I am new to PhysicsForums, and this is actually the first time I have ever posted in a forum! So if I am doing this wrong, or if I should be posting this in a different section, please let me know.

I began learning about physics and cosmology about 4 years ago when I joined the Marine Corps. I graduated high school in 2002, and then joined up with the military in 2008. I am now honorably discharged and going to college. So I am a 28 year old freshmen undergraduate majoring in physics.

When I was in high school, I did not take my studies seriously, so I did not learn much in the way of math (or science, for that matter). I have found that re-learning (or as it is in my case: learning) to be very difficult, especially the math. I tested into Survey of Algebra, and I am not having any problems with that so far. I am also in a Physics I class, and I am already struggling with vectors a little bit.

I have been trying to learn math on my own (to get up to the level I need to be), and I am doing ok with this, but I need some sort of a "road map". So here are my questions:

Is there anyone else in this community that can sympathize with my struggle with the math?

Is there anyone else in this community that can sympathize with entering the world of physics at a later age?

And finally, is there a good resource for learning math quickly and efficiently, with some sort of a road map? I can't think of a way to explain that... I guess I am looking for something straight-forward like this: If there was a book titled: "Physics: Math from the 6th grade to College level", what would be the chapters and sub-chapters? I can learn the stuff on my own, I just need a compass!

Thank you all for your time in reading this!

My name is Mike. I am new to PhysicsForums, and this is actually the first time I have ever posted in a forum! So if I am doing this wrong, or if I should be posting this in a different section, please let me know.

I began learning about physics and cosmology about 4 years ago when I joined the Marine Corps. I graduated high school in 2002, and then joined up with the military in 2008. I am now honorably discharged and going to college. So I am a 28 year old freshmen undergraduate majoring in physics.

When I was in high school, I did not take my studies seriously, so I did not learn much in the way of math (or science, for that matter). I have found that re-learning (or as it is in my case: learning) to be very difficult, especially the math. I tested into Survey of Algebra, and I am not having any problems with that so far. I am also in a Physics I class, and I am already struggling with vectors a little bit.

I have been trying to learn math on my own (to get up to the level I need to be), and I am doing ok with this, but I need some sort of a "road map". So here are my questions:

Is there anyone else in this community that can sympathize with my struggle with the math?

Is there anyone else in this community that can sympathize with entering the world of physics at a later age?

And finally, is there a good resource for learning math quickly and efficiently, with some sort of a road map? I can't think of a way to explain that... I guess I am looking for something straight-forward like this: If there was a book titled: "Physics: Math from the 6th grade to College level", what would be the chapters and sub-chapters? I can learn the stuff on my own, I just need a compass!

Thank you all for your time in reading this!