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Please help me with calculus

  1. Apr 13, 2005 #1
    Hello, my name is Kevin. I posted here a few times before about questions. I'm really interested in science and math. Recently I met up with a young lady around my age (I'm 17) who learned in high school algebra to calculus. In middle school, she was already doing algebra 3.

    Now here's my problem(s):
    1) I recently graduated from 11th grade early. BUT, I recently moved, and I was enrolled out of school before I had the chance to take the math AIMS (In which I failed, normally I'm good at math, I even tutor math, but I was overwhelmed by concepts I never learned in algebra, and filled out each bubble randomly.) again.
    2) I moved to Surprise, AZ. About 30 minutes away from central phoenix. I also am struggling with depression and suicide. I've had consoling and been to a mental hospital, boot camp, etc. I get along great with people but sometimes have troubles being able to see how another person is feeling, or being able to relate to others.
    3) I haven't taken the math AIMS yet which is essienial for me to graduate. I'm afraid that when I get enrolled in school in this city, (12th grade), I will not be able to graduate to 12th grade because I had not completed the math AIMS.
    4) I appreciate the help here. The math help is great.

    Now, back to talking to this young lady. She works where I work, at an italian fast food place called fazoli's. I have alot of determination on what I want to do in life, being a physist. My grandpa was one. I might go other career path; but when I feel unsure I always go back to being a physist or engineer.
    This young lady was also a math tutor, and exceeled in math until she got to calculus.

    What happened at calculus, you may ask? Well, she plummetted. She said at trigonmetry (which I've never had the chance to take, wish I would've) it got really hard. And at calculus, she said she couldn't take it anymore. She hated studying the anti derivative table (the formulas).

    Now, I'm good at math. I tutored geometry and algebra. However, it's hard to not take what she had said (calculus being hard) into mind. It scares me, I mean, a physist is my dream job, and she was so good at math until calculus. What happened at calculus? It can't be THAT hard, can it?

    I just need someone to talk to. A good friend. I have alot of emotional problems. If someone would PM me so we could talk, about math, or about anything, please do so.

    Here's the main problem:
    1) When I started my freshmen year, my teacher recommended I take pre algebra so I would know "the basics first".
    2) I told my teacher that year, math was really hard, but I was determined to get an A. And I did. I did the best in my class.
    3) At sophmore, I took algebra. The teacher again recommended I take the slower algebra, which consists of less material (but more focused on that material than the other classes).
    4) As a junior, I went to a different school due to school stress. I went to a self pace school. It's on computers
    5) I promptly finished algebra and geometry there. I had some problems with geometry; I didn't have a teacher to talk to! You see, once I finished the requirements for math. I didn't have to take it. But I wanted to take more math, so I decided to take it again for an elective. But I wasn't actually in the class , I was just doing it on the side. So when I had a question to ask to the teacher, I couldn't ask. Why? Couldn't I just find the teacher in my other class and ask? I tried that, over and over, but she was always too busy or not in the school.
    6) Finally, my main concern is that I just haven't accomplished enough math in my high school year. I want to be a PHYSIST, I need to know einstein-bose equations! My god, that's along way off.
    7) Desperate for math, I purchased the maligned "Calculus for dummies." (Note: Alot of people here say the book is "Junk" because it "simplifies" the complexity of calculus and sometimes stretches the limits of proper calculus rules.)
    I have a real problem with calculus books. I had gotten my hands on 2 higher level calculus books by Howard Aanton. I did NOT understand it.
    8) The calculus for dummies book helped. But it didn't offer any pratice problems!
    Finally, and lastly, I don't know what to do. I make $5.50 an hour. Since I'm obviously not going to be able to get through mathematics in high school or even get to TRIGONMETRY, by the time I graduate on my senior year I'll probably take geometry. (Even though I took geometry [but didn't complete it] in my other school)
    10) What can I do? Once school is out, I will only know geometry. I won't know enough to get though the tests of a college class. A few months ago I went to a community college and tested. I got into pre-algebra. (It was on a computer test.). I was so angry. I didn't bother to join the class. It was an insult. An embarrassment.

    Here's what I need to know:
    1) Factoring
    2) Factoring, and more factoring (to be able to manipulate an equation on limits, for example)
    3) Quadratic equations
    4) limits
    5) derivatives
    6) integrals(antiderivatives)
    7) vectors
    8) partial derivatives
    9) Feymenn integrals
    10) Surface integrals

    Please note. I've read though Calculus For Dummies. I know the basics of how it works, however I couldn't actually do a problem. Worthless knowledge I suppose. I've come to this forum because I need to jumpstart and learn trigometry, to calculus. Thank you
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  3. Apr 13, 2005 #2
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