Hi awesome people at physicsforum, I’m planning on doing some self-study in physics and math and I’d really appreciate some advice based on my skill -level and what I want to achieve, which I’ll describe for you. I’ve considered some books to buy further down, and would deeply appreciate some more suggestions. What Am I looking for? I want to gain a basic understanding in Classical mechanics and in Electromagnetism at a 1st year university level. I’m not planning on going into deep physics – so far -, I just want a basic understanding of how it works in theory and in practical situations. Also I want to strengthen my algebra, trigonometry and mathematical thinking so I can become better at setting up mathematical equations from word problems or physics scenarios. My level of skill I did high school Physics (Enough to begin a University study in physics), some years ago, but I’m getting rusty, I also just finished a calculus course at university, but my algebra and trigonometry is also rusty. My Challenges and difficulties I often have difficulties when it comes to algebra and geometry and would like to strengthen my understanding of geometry (visually and mathematically)and the rules that apply to it. Also Also I find it difficult to understand The BOOKS I have considered and suggestions I’d like to hear from you: Introductory physics books which I’ve considered buying. So Far I’ve considered buying University physics by Young and Freedman: I hear it’s easy to follow, and convers a 1st year curriculum, however people also say It’s very wordy and that some of the derivations are hard to follow . What do you say? Also, would you recommend I buy some extra physics study guide books or formulae tables as a supplement to this book? I’ve considered “Physics – A student companion” Thinking mathematically when solving problems. I’d love to have a self-study book teaching you how to setup mathematical expressions from word problems and in general. Being able to set up mathematical equations from experiments, mathematical relationships, or from different variables is something I’d love to be better at, and I’m willing to practice, and I think this is critical in physics. Any suggestions? Algebra and Geometry skills and practice. In order to practice my algebra skills I bought this book College Algebra Demystefied 2Ed, I’d love to have more suggestions perhaps to some more advanced algebra, and a book giving me a good insight with respect to geometry, trig fucntions etc.