Math question.

Hi. I am bad at math. I am probably only at beginner Algebra level. I want to become good at math, for no reason in particular

If I studied, say, 6 hours a week (and let's assume good, real study) how long do you think it would take to get to Calculus? What's a good roadmap for self teaching math?

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  1. 2 months ago

    what you want to do with Calculus?

    • 2 months ago

      I just want to understand it. I would also like to learn geometry and statistics, but from what I've been told I need algebra first

      If there are different types of calc and you're asking because you want to know then there's a bit of dunning Kruger here because I don't know enough to answer that

      • 2 months ago

        check out College Algebra by Blitzer, it helped me get up to speed. Actually take a step back and get through "A Mind for Numbers" by Barbara Oakley first. It's helped a lot of "bad at math" people git gud. That book helped me learn more efficiently about amy topic

        Once you have some level of comfort with Algebra, I'm sure you can get through the straightforward Calculus exercises that are just presented as numbers rather than a paragraph of English words where you have to really understand what's going on.
        You can absolutely get through a good chunk of the beginning of Calculus without having a full understanding and appreciation of what's going on at a deeper level, that intuition comes slowly over time

        It's definitely within your reach. Also watch a couple videos explaining the most common and standard symbols used in the Mathematical language so you don't get overwhelemed or intimidated when you see them in the future. Dont need to fully understand, just get some early exposure

        maybe Discrete Math by Suzanne Colt if you wanna learn about proofs or eventually wanna get into Computer Science or programming

        • 2 months ago

          Btw Im just shilling this guy's recommendations, but it worked for me:

          I didn't realize he updated this list, Im glad you made this thread or else I wouldn't have noticed.
          If you read "A Mind for Numbers", I strongly recommend you do the free online course from tue University that goes along with it, or at least watch the lectures

          bonus: Physics. I'm not sure how good this one is but it's something. Anons mean well but even a lot of the """easy"" stuff they're recommending is kinda challenging

          • 2 months ago

            >tue University
            the University*

            Actually it's a Coursera course though

            Godspeed anon

        • 2 months ago

          >Discrete Math by Suzanne Colt
          Oops got that name wrong
          Anyway you don't need to do 6 hours a day, you'll burn out unless you're used to that pace. Pick something and practice it for 15 minutes, that'll get you farther

  2. 2 months ago

    >What's a good roadmap for self teaching math?

    • 2 months ago

      >High school level
      >Introduction to quantum mechanics
      Wtf is this a troll?

      • 2 months ago

        >he didn't learn matrix algebra in kindergarten

    • 2 months ago

      Anyone know what the last two books are?

  3. 2 months ago

    Switch from a week to a day. Otherwise don't bother.

  4. 2 months ago

    Step 0. Memorize multiplication table
    Step 1. Mathematics is not English
    Step 2. Representation is infinite
    Step 3. Formulas are tools and recognizable patterns.
    Step 4. Calculate the time it takes to learn a new language. Your time studying math should be 4 times that.
    Step 5. Use skills to make money while appearing stupid.

    • 2 months ago

      bro i spent like way less time on calc last year than i did on english and spansih tf?

  5. 2 months ago

    Basic Mathematics by Lang is the answer you are looking for.

  6. 2 months ago

    Stuff required for Calculus
    1, basic derivative and integration
    > Fundation of algebraic ideas
    > trignometry(could be skipped if you are sure that you'll just skip all sin and cos stuff aka circles)
    > idea of the infinty and limits(aka assuming x is infinite what would the output of the equation be)

    1. refamilar or reinforce yourself with the idea of variables substituting numbers.
    > (aka def of algebra itself
    > the part of mathematics in which letters and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations. )
    2. Solve systems of equations
    3. (could be skipped if you don't wanna deal with trig) Learn trig
    3. familiarize yourself with the forms of graphs all first degree, second degree,x^1/2, and x^-1 polynomials
    >add in trig functions if you wanted to do the first step 3
    4. learn limits, which is basiclly already described above for ya
    5. learn derivatives and integrals
    > and laugh at ∫e^x being sex lol
    I'd say that'll take you about... say a week? as all the steps listed should take about an hour at most. but if you wanted to practice and fully entrench these ideas in your brain, 3 weeks.

  7. 2 months ago

    Oh ye, eh also, imo khan academy is better than that youtube thing, as videos with no practice problems.... tend to lead you to eh... lets just say off track.
    i grinded through the whole of geometry course with legit assignments and projects and all that in like eh a week i think it was. and i was only freshly out off middle school as well. but your case is different as you are simply trying to get to calc and though i did had like 13 hours a day screentime, most of that was just videogame and youtube actual studying was less than hour i think.

  8. 2 months ago

    Like a week. Calculus is literally baby tier

  9. 2 months ago

    AOPS curriculum. Starting from Prealgebra.
    No need to thank me. You won't do it anyways.
    It's very difficult to actually do the work, and admit you know less than a grade-schooler.

  10. 2 months ago

    >beginner algebra
    You must be 18 years or older to use this website.

  11. 2 months ago

    > no reason
    That's a problem. You need a reason.
    Read How to Think Like a Mathematician first.
    Then pick something you are actually interested in, no matter how "difficult" you think it is, and work from there.
    You don't "study" maths. Maths is a playground.

  12. 2 months ago

    you sure do seem to like talking about yourself on social media

    • 2 months ago

      Perhaps if the OP's question has been put elsewhere, then your observation might be valid. But IQfy is not social media.

  13. 2 months ago

    Give Khan Academy a shot. Maybe others will call me a moronic homosexual for suggesting it, but I used it to brush up on all my maths and thought it was well structured with good lessons and tests.

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