Physics 101 Prerequisites? (self-studying intro university Physics and Math)

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Hello.

I have been a member on this forum for quite some time and I came here because I've always had an interest in science, particularly physics. When I was in Junior High, I did very well in my science class but by the time I got to college, I wanted to make money. However, I realized that having a job as a physicist was not going to cut it, so I took the other path and now I am financially secured thanks to specializing in online marketing.

Now that I have some free time, I decided to look into physics, specifically, theoretical physics because I've always had a fascination within that field. In the past, whenever I would go to a bookstore and check out the physics section, I would randomly select a book on the subject and I would see those mind-bogglingly complicated physics equations stare angrily back at me. Many years ago, I used to get intimidated by them, but now, I've changed my atititude to the point where I don't let it bother me anymore, thinking positive by saying to those physics equations, "Some day, you and I are going to be good friends, you'll see". I'm doing this for me, for my own enlightenment.

Anyway, I understand that there is a lot of math involved in science, especially physics and the closest level of mathematics that I reached was college algebra.

What other math courses must I take prior to introductory physics? Do I need to take a course in chemistry too? What is the order in terms of what math classes I should take in regards to my journey to eventually learning physics? What about taking online courses at the Khan Academy website? Thanks in advance! :)
 
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Thank you, much appreciated! :smile:
 
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I grant you that it's a bit much ... :wink:

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That's okay, I have some time, thanks again! :wink:
 

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