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Help Me Learn Math!

I will be returning to school in the fall to start prerequisite courses for a Physical Therapy program. I don't know math. The last time i took math was in high school, and it was basic geometry. I would like to teach myself primarily, so that i can test into higher classes. The goal is to be able to test into pre-calc, so that i can also qualify for the physics classes as well. Any suggestions? I don't really care about the method. I was thinking about buying a textbook, but i was unsure of which ones to get. Thanks.
posted by hiddenknives on Jun 14, 2014 - 13 answers

[MathFilter] Taking for-credit math classes online

For professional and academic reasons, I need to take a number of college-level math classes (mainly Calculus and Linear Algebra) in a relatively short period of time (4-6 months). They need to be online, for-credit, and I need to be able to do them at my own pace, meaning faster than a normal 1-course-per-semester flow. I've already found https://netmath.illinois.edu/, but the classes are terribly expensive, so I'd like to learn of other alternatives that don't cost as much.
posted by dcrocha on Apr 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Good Idea or Recipe For Hell?

I am going into my last semester of college, and I have signed up to take Calculus III, three years after taking Calc II. This may be a great idea or a terrible one. [more inside]
posted by DRoll on Dec 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Becoming Fluent in Predictive Analytics

I work in a University managing the broad based direct mail, email and calling programs. I have zero undergrad or graduate experience with math, business or the social sciences. (Aka, I can write a really nice essay...) I would like to chart a path to being recognized as an expert in predictive analytics. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Nov 26, 2013 - 3 answers

How do you help people have an epiphany about difficult concepts?

How do you describe the basic concepts of a difficult subject you know a lot about that makes it "click" for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 11, 2013 - 18 answers

I was banned from collegeconfidential just for asking for some help?

Summer vacations are coming up and I am going to use some of my free time to learn physics and math, subjects that I love. In order to do that i asked collegeconfidential.com if anyone had "exclusive study materials" from their university which they could share. I mentioned that I would like to have acess to tests and exams from other universities and I could give some good materials collected by my colleagues of the physics and math course in exchange. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jul 12, 2013 - 27 answers

Educate me on modern mathematics!

My math knowledge ends just past Newton. What books provide a good, relatively general-audience introduction to the past 150-250 years of problems and developments in mathematics? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I relearn high school subjects?

I want to relearn algebra, chemistry, basic mechanics, and basic physics this summer. For free? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I learn to be an effective tutor?

If I know the material that I'm teaching well, but don't have any experience with tutoring or teaching, how do I learn the skills and techniques that will help me be an effective tutor? [more inside]
posted by cognitio on Feb 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Teach myself Math virtually for the first time.

I'm a 21 year old college senior liberal arts major who has managed to slide by in school (and life) without ever really learning math beyond a middle school/very early high school level. For no reason in particular, I've decided that I want to get serious about bettering myself in the math department. How can I teach myself the academic math skills I missed out on? [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Online Math Tutor

I'm a college student who is having some issues really understanding Calculus II, which is a problem as A) I am a Comp Sci major, and B) I need to take Calc III as well, and an advanced math elective as well. I've not heard good things about the school provided tutors, (IE, one is not too skilled at math, and the other is really smug and poor pedagogically) and while I could get a private tutor to help me, I was wondering if there are any good resources for online math tutors, like there are for online language tutoring over Skype. Does a directory of such tutors exist, has anyone had a good experience doing this (maybe even with names?), and how much can I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Take a math course to overcome math fear?

Math is sexy! But I am afraid of math. What class should I take to overcome my fear and get cozy with numbers? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Oct 1, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How does science education work?

What's important for me to know about being a science teacher, since I've only taught math but will now be training teachers of both contents? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Aug 19, 2012 - 2 answers

"Why am I supposed to divide here?"

I need books that are good at explaining how to explain things to children. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Aug 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Best network/graph theory software for non-techies?

I'm teaching a minicourse about networks, graphs, and computation to a non-technical audience (mostly grad students in the humanities.) What's the right software platform? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jun 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Linear Relationships in Real Life?

I am redesigning a high-school Algebra course so as to make it more meaningful to the students. To that extent, I am trying to gather as many examples throughout our world of linear relationships. I was hoping to tap into the collective wisdom of this group to come up with as long a list as possible of linear relationships that actually exist (not contrived stuff). I once knew a teacher who had a plant that grew at a linear rate. I don't know the type of plant, however. And there are so many other linear relationships around us. I don't want everything they see be about a car's distance from home or the amount of money they saved. What do you know of that exhibits a linear relationship? I'd love to have a long list for students so that they see that studying linear relationships in Algebra really does matter. Thanks for any help in making this course more worth while to the students!
posted by mathmatters on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Avoiding the "summer slide"

Primary school gets out tomorrow. I know it is common for kids to have a "summer slide" where they forget a lot of what they've learned over the year. Recommend some fun math and science sites/projects/activities for elementary school age kids that will keep them refreshed and interested. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 answers

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more?

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more? Specifically, should I take a year-long calculus-based program, until I get comfortable that I'm on top of it-- and can really judge my level of interest and aptitude fairly? Considering I'm a Junior English major. Also considering that it's been 15 years since HS algebra and I've never been good at math. But I want to be. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Feb 10, 2011 - 31 answers

Answering to Sir What is x

But Sir, what is x? Teaching students algebra for the first time. They keep wanting to put values in for x, and write that down. E.g. x + x = . Becomes 1 + 1 = 2, in their books. Whereas I want x + x = 2x. Does anyone have any strategies, or techniques to overcome this? [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Nov 11, 2010 - 23 answers

I am 85% certain I want to be a teacher

I've been seriously considering becoming a high school math teacher. I have some experience teaching in a classroom, and lots of experience tutoring. What I'd like to know now - before I jump into an alternative degree program - is what it's actually like being a teacher day in and day out. If I'm not going to be able to hack it, I'd rather know now. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl on Nov 9, 2010 - 30 answers

WHEN is best time to do homework with 6 year old?

WHEN should I have my six year old first grader do her homework? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 19, 2010 - 21 answers

The only chemist who does a triple integral without complaining

I studied mathematics and some computer science as an undergrad, and I loved it. I feel that my real passion, however, is in experimental sciences or engineering. What are some graduate school options for me? [more inside]
posted by scose on Aug 10, 2010 - 9 answers

How can laptops for every high school student be beneficial?

I am a teacher at a high school that will be providing netbooks to every single student this fall. I am trying to consider ways that this will be helpful in the classroom, particularly in a math classroom. If you knew that every child in the classroom had their own netbook and the classroom were wireless, what would you like to see happen that would help students learn math? Please fire away ideas. All are welcome - whether brainstorm ideas or maybe you know of a particular website or web-based tool that would help students. Particularly, I'd like to assess students' progress as they learn as well as to provide them multiple ways to learn/experience the fundamental concepts in a math course. What would YOU have wanted if you had a laptop and wireless in high school? Thanks for your suggestions!!!
posted by mathmatters on Jul 10, 2010 - 21 answers

An awesome vector geometry teaching website

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Do math and science instructors lecture more than instructors in other fields?

Do math and science instructors lecture more than instructors in other fields? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Feb 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Legit math sites for kids!

Legitimate math websites for k-5 students. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 3, 2010 - 9 answers

What basic statistics concepts do I need to understand web analytics?

I'm registered for a Web Analytics class. A prerequisite is "Familiarity with basic concepts of statistics." I'm not a math person and never studied statistics. Which basic statistics concepts should learn before this class? Are there any comic books, videos, or fun resources that would help me learn? [more inside]
posted by valannc on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Name this Mathematics Textbook series

Recently, someone described a 10-volume mathematics textbook series to me. The books were written by a single author, an engineer with a name that sounded Greek, and came with full worked solutions to every single problem, making them ideal for self study. Unfortunately, they could not remember its title, and my attempts to find it with Google and Amazon have failed. Has anyone come across this series?
posted by James Scott-Brown on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

How to teach math to a small child?

How do I teach math to a small child? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jan 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me sample accurately!

Please provide me with an *effective*, and statistically sound, table/chart listing suggested sample size guidance for associated population size [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jan 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Adaptive computer programs for math practice?

Any good computer programs for math practice? Impoverished children need your help. [more inside]
posted by Suciu on Nov 19, 2009 - 9 answers

What's today's mathematics, god?

I have discovered, kind of late in life, that I am pretty good at math. How can I capitalize on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2009 - 14 answers

I need a free and robust math worksheet generator

I need a free and robust math worksheet generator, and don't care whether or not it's a script, web-based, or software. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Apr 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Learn Math Via Programming?

I have always been horrible at math, but somehow a great programmer. I have found that writing a computer program that demonstrates a certain mathematical concept enables me to better understand the concept. I'm a psych major and I brought this up once in the research lab I've been working in. My prof said he recalls that someone did research and/or created a system in which a student writes a computer program that is pertinent to a certain mathematical concept and upon completion is given the regular math problem (as it would appear in a math class). This enables the student to better understand the math problem, solve, and learn math. Has anyone heard of this or anything similar? A learning system such as this would be a blessing to my education. Thanks.
posted by fightoplankton on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Buscando a Las Cuentas de Benjamin 2.

Las Cuentas de Benjamin 2... I am looking for a first grade spanish language math workbook called Las Cuentas de Benjamin 2, or something like it. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Mar 2, 2009 - 0 answers

Why doesn't math make sense anymore?

I've got math anxiety but not the traditional kind. I'm graduating with a math degree but I feel very insecure pursuing higher math. How did something this beautiful turn into a bugbear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 - 20 answers

Mathematics sightseeing in Greece.

Can anyone suggest good places to visit in Greece (or nearby) that are relevent to mathematics? Much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by junipero on Nov 25, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for a good Calc I/II workbook.

Planning on teaching myself Calculus I and II in order to take the AP Calculus BC exam this May. If you've taught or taken either class, at a high school, university, or independently, read on. [more inside]
posted by Precision on Aug 16, 2008 - 28 answers

How can I increase my chances at an 800 SAT Math?

I've studied for weeks (20 hours per week these past three weeks), I've paid attention in math class for years, and I've taken dozens of practice tests. But how to go from 780 to 800? [more inside]
posted by Precision on Jun 6, 2008 - 41 answers

Help me learn math!

What are some good sources to teach myself advanced math in preparation for an econ/finance phd? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Jun 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Math for pre-schoolers

My cousin's four year old son is obsessed with things like quarks and infinity. He insists to his mother that infinity is the last number. She isn't so sure, and wants to know more about things like strangeness. I don't want to determine this kid's future, but it seems fun to feed his curiosity. And since my wife's babysitter was Murray Gell-Mann, the responsibility has fallen partially on my shoulders to help answer his questions. What kinds of information can you recommend that I give to his mother so that she, an attorney and not a mathematician, and her son can learn more about this information. In particular, what kinds of books, games, and projects would introduce him to other neat ideas in mathematics and physics?
posted by billtron on Feb 16, 2008 - 27 answers

Me need mor math and chemistry

Does anyone know of any one-year science-ish programs for those who have a bachelors, but who want to bulk up on science and/or math. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Oct 21, 2007 - 6 answers

I need to learn basic to fairly advanced Math and English and I'm somewhat of a rookie who is taking action. Help!!

I'm looking to rebuild my mathematics skills from the ground up so that I have proper habits. I'm looking to start from the basics and go straight up to calculus. Math was a subject in which I didn't pay as much attention to as I wish that I had and am looking to find the best sources of information on the subject. I also would love software that would drill me kind of like speed reading software but for math. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Sep 4, 2007 - 22 answers

E-learning for math

What e-learning systems provide students with the math-related symbols they need and lets them "show their work," while still letting them submit all answers online? [more inside]
posted by ejvalentine on Mar 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Best science and math sites for educators

Science and math educators, K-12 and college! What are your favourite science and math sites that you use for planning lessons and curricula, or for classroom use? And why? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Nov 16, 2006 - 3 answers

Math Gene Therapy Wanted

It's official: my 11 year-old daughter is missing her math gene: Please suggest some math gene therapy. [more inside]
posted by sexymofo on Sep 11, 2006 - 26 answers

Why do children in the United States perfom so poorly in math?

Why do children in the United States perform so poorly in math? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Jul 15, 2006 - 78 answers

There's a good reason I went into music instead of engineering

Grading dilemma: Can the median be a fair measure of a set of quiz scores? Here's the situation ... [more inside]
posted by imposster on May 8, 2006 - 24 answers

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