I have a bit of a problem and I am not sure how to deal with it. I’ve looked on multiple forums and all I found is that I’m screwed. So, here it is, I positively love physics. The problem is that I have pretty bad dyscalculia (math blindness). Saying that, I have done well doing college algebra, at least the process of algebra. I like a process I can “see” and math in general is crystal clear. I’ve went all the way to calculus 3 in my math career. Now for the weird part, I don’t know my multiplication tables. My adding is ok if I can use my fingers, draw pictures, or use a calculator. We will not talk about the subtracting and division side of things (eeeesh… it’s not pretty). Let me come back to my elusive love – physics. I have passed my University physics 1 class; barely (took me 4 tries at that). I loved the concepts and I can “see” the theories fine! It was positively fascinating (actually, I would love to learn more about gravity. I feel there is something big there, that what I have learned is just the tip of the top of the iceberg.)! It’s the formulas that throw me under the buss, though. The different symbols that are used in the formulas are just impossible to keep straight as well. I have tried to use different colors to help break up the formulas but the class goes so fast that I can’t keep up with that technique. The numbers and formulas are like Saran Wrap on an oily bowl – nothing sticks. I can learn something one day and the next day it’s gone. It’s just gone, as I try to learn the next set of lessons. I have no idea of the formula concepts I just learned a day ago, let alone a week. It’s like I can’t “see” what the formulas are doing. I understand “what” they are doing but can’t see it. I remember I took a final exam in one of the physic classes I failed. Though I studied for days, for hours at a time, when I got the test it might as well been in Swahili. Nothing looked familiar. I couldn’t do one problem. It is very frustrating. I know I am not stupid! I have to take physics 2 for my degree. Actually, I am very excited to take it. It involves magnetism, electricity, and other things that I also find fascinating. I know I will fail this class as well. UGH!!!!! I want to learn this stuff and I know there is a way for me to do it. I just don’t know what it is. I thought of sitting in on a few classes (if I need time to learn, what a great way to do it). I can’t, though; it cost as much as a regular class. The tutor centers aren’t trained to deal with someone with dyscalculia and they can’t/don’t really help. I don’t think that the teachers have time or really care if I get physics or not. I don’t want to give up, but I’m sick of failing before I even get started. There has to be a way – there just has to be.