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What's a quick way to brush up on math and physics?

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Math and physics were my favorite subjects in highschool, and I did quite well, getting 5 on both my Calculus and Physics AP exams. But that was over ten years ago.. any quick way to brush up? Any good free online programs or games?

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Khan Academy is lame. It's extremely superficial.
 
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Khan Academy is lame. It's extremely superficial.
I agree. While Khan academy can be excellent as an extra source of information, it should never be used as a primary source.

I'm afraid you will have to get a textbook and work through it. I like "Basic Mathematics" by Serge Lang and it's an excellent textbook to refresh your knowledge.
 
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I agree Khan Academy isn't any good if you want to learn something new, but it's been great in terms of easy access to practice problems and reviewing stuff I haven't touched in ten years. And now that I've used it to brush up, I find it easier to understand the textbooks.
 
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Also it doesn't cost $100 (New Zealand Dollars) second hand like Serge Lang's book :-\ although I'd love to get my hands on a copy.
 
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Thanks for all the advice. Forgotten Algebra and Forgotten Calculus just arrived today. Looks promising. What kind of Graphing Calculator should I get?
 
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Thanks for all the advice. Forgotten Algebra and Forgotten Calculus just arrived today. Looks promising. What kind of Graphing Calculator should I get?
If you have consistent access to a computer, you probably don't need one.

Check out http://www.wolframalpha.com/ !
 
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Thanks, I would like the option of doing these problem sets away from the computer as well though. I want to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree so... TI-89?
 
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Thanks, I would like the option of doing these problem sets away from the computer as well though. I want to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree so... TI-89?
That really depends on the calculator policy of the school you enroll in. I know many won't let you use the TI-89. TI-83/84 is usually all they allow. I have both. If you get the TI-89 for brush-up and review, be aware that menus, input, and operations are different enough that the TI-83/84 can be unfamiliar.
 

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