Calling all chem- physics- and math-philes!
April 4, 2014 1:01 PM Subscribe
For the grad-level education I want, I need an understanding of chemistry, physics, and calculus at a minimum. I have a BA in a tangentially related field (or will in a couple months). What are the best resources for learning these subjects without spending even more time/money on tuition?
posted by Urban Winter to Education (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to get my BA in Geography, but would really like to angle toward oceanography as a career. I have few qualifications for this as it stands now - the last time I took a math course was a 150 course in 2008, I haven't taken chemistry since high school, and I've never taken physics. I need a basis in chem, physics, and calc I & II before I can think about getting more into atmospheric science or environmental science.
Honestly, I'd just switch my major in a heartbeat to atmospheric science, but I'm 24 already and switching would mean at least three, maybe four more years of undergrad, and given how rigid the program is at my university, I'd have to give up on my no-loans streak to go full time, or else it would take me more like 5-6 years. Ack.
So, I'm starting now by watching CrashCourse Chemistry on Youtube, and will be taking a look at YaleCourses as well, particularly for physics. I find I learn best when I can add books to my lecture learning though, so I'm looking for suggestions for books, textbooks and otherwise, that I could take a look at.
Mathematics is probably going to be trickier. Complicating my learning of math is a history of high school teachers who destroyed my confidence years ago; this lack of confidence in math in general is pretty much the only reason I chose to get a BA and not a BS in the first place, and I'm only now realizing that I can probably do it after all and maybe my high school teachers were just wrong/didn't care enough to help me understand. So, in this case I'm looking for ways to simultaneously build up my confidence and my knowledge.
Bonus question: It's not strictly necessary, but while I'm at it I'd like to poke my nose a little farther into biology. I took some bio courses while I was getting my associate's degree back in 2007-2010, and I'd like to refresh my memory.
Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.