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    Math - Hints and Help

    So I got into school, but was told I have to quickly honme my math skills. They have given me a reading and workbook list.

    Anyone have any suggestions for easy reading for refreshing your memory of calculus, functions, basic trig, basic stats and line geometry?

    About 1/3 of the courses I am going to have to take are math based. (Accounting and Economics)
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    Well, I don't know if it might be of any help but the Schaum's Collection is a pretty good one for math books and related topics... Can't think of any specific book that could be good for you though...

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    Quote Originally posted by donk
    So I got into school, but was told I have to quickly honme my math skills. They have given me a reading and workbook list.

    Anyone have any suggestions for easy reading for refreshing your memory of calculus, functions, basic trig, basic stats and line geometry?

    About 1/3 of the courses I am going to have to take are math based. (Accounting and Economics)
    there was another thread on the forum about math, but I don't remember where. What I do remember was Michelle Zone posting up some great links to math sites on it though. So you may want to search for it or shoot her a PM.

    I don't recall that accounting was terribly complicated past the basic operations and the occasional one variable algebra problems. Economics was a little more complicated but as I recall my classes it was more statistics based than anything. I never used calculus in either of those courses.

    You might try taking a basic college math course over the summer at a local community or technical college. Even if you audit it and not take it for credit it would be useful.

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    When I was prepping to CLEP algebra about 16 years after my last math class, I bought some inexpensive educational software to practice with and one of those "quick and dirty" books for test prep. I found that my main issue was that I couldn't remember what all the symbols meant but as soon as I brushed up on that, I could solve most of the problems. If I recall correctly, I scored something above 80% on the CLEP.

    And as kjelsadek, there is stuff on the web for free. Some sites are listed on my website: http://califmichele.com/linksmath.html There is also a list of books and other resources I used with my kids: http://califmichele.com/mathlist.html

    Good luck.

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    Here's a great website that I used once. http://www.sosmath.com/

    It's good for people who are familar with the concepts but have forgotten the details.

    I agree though that stats is probably more important to you than calculus. Hrmm.
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    The best solution is to just take a calculus class and make up the displaced class in some later term. It's not a big deal and should solve the skills problem pretty comprehensively - only thing is it might move a bit slowly, given that its a term long.

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