After 20 years of being a locksmith, I have decided that I want to get a college degree and I'll be starting next year! As part of my degree, I will be doing two chemistry courses which will cover: - Intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, energy considerations and chemical reactivity applied to aspects of chemistry and biochemistry - Structure of the atom and molecular bonding - Chemistry of the metals and non-metals - Bonding in transition (d-block elements, coordination complexes, bioinorganic systems) - Aspects of acid/base equilibria, kinetics and electrochemical processes - Importance of molecular shape and how chemists determine the structure of compounds using spectroscopic techniques including ultraviolet, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy - Chemical synthesis with reference to addition and subtraction reactions - Strategies for synthesis and properties of biologically significant molecules The problem? It has been two decades since I've touched any textbook, let alone a chemistry textbook, yet I need to learn chemistry from 'what is chemistry?' to first year college chemistry that is rigorous and has a lot of math in it. If you were in my situation, what would your strategy be? Should I be able to start from a university chemistry textbook?