Hello all on Physics Forums! I have a slight/fairly big/freakin' huge problem. I was accepted to UW-Madison. However, I wish to major in physics/engineering/haven't really decided yet. That being the case, I was told by my physics teacher that I was lacking in several math basics. So I went to Madison a little nervous, but determined to do well on the placement exams. When lo and behold! I place into Math 112, College Algebra. My counselor said that, yes, I would be facing extra competition from people who placed higher than me, into Calc and higher, for example. My question(s) is, how much will this hold me back? I am determined to do well, and if I didn't place that well on the exams, I'll gladly go back and re-learn the stuff. But how much of an effect will this have on my chances of becoming an engineer, or Physicist? Will I learn the math better this time around, in a different setting? Any advice for someone studying college maths? :uhh: Anyway, thanks for putting up with my ranting post. I'm just kind of, how do I say, nervous/distraught by this. Thanks!