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No.557

Fellow lainons, I'm a highschool dropout. I don't know any maths beyond your basic arithmetic. I'm programming in Lisp but I also want to learn math. I'd prefer in-depth textbooks but should I just go to khan academy and start from the beginning? I'm hoping to get some solid advice and any books in pdf or other digital formats.

  No.558

do you have any particular end goals in mind? you can spend a long ass time trying to follow a full college like curriculum.

  No.559

School is a soykaf environment for learning. I learn best alone and at my own pace, i.e., as far from the school environment as possible. Math as school teaches you is very grating too. All things considered I think you're brave for still wanting to teach yourself this soykaf, and I know from experience that getting down on yourself will only hurt your learning process. tl;dr you're not a piece of soykaf, you never have been, and the sooner you start thinking like this the better you'll be at learning.

Anyway, my only suggestion is to compliment your structured learning by browsing Wikipedia and a healthy amount of daydreaming about math on your free time. The more fun you have the more you'll want to learn.

As far as programming goes, learn more than just Lisp. Branch out early and often, and try to have fun. Learn boring mainstream languages and cool as fuarrrk unpopular languages. Building websites with Python or Ruby or whatever is easy but you should still teach yourself how to do it. It sounds like you wanted more advice about maths though.

(I was a highschool dropout too but I've put my life back together by teaching myself programming, positive thinking was an important step for me. I learn best when I'm not self absorbed, either in a negative or positive way. Good luck, people like me have your back.)

  No.561

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>>558
I'm going to be taking classes at a little community college in a program to get my GED or highschool equivalent. After I complete that I hope to enroll in a computer science program. I'd like to have my math skills up to par so I'm able to follow the math involed with CS.

>>559
Thank you, I'm trying to progress.

  No.565

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>>557
Math isn't all that important if you plan on becomming an average programmer. The main reasons math is taught at school and uni are:
-Selection
-Learning logical thinking and formalism
-Some (not all) fields require it

I don't know what your end goal is, but you will most likely never need analysis and stuff anywhere other than in an academic environment.

If you're interested in computer science, this is a must read. It introduces the most mandatory math formalism you need to know as a computer scientist.

  No.567

I would try to find some tests that cover most of what your average high school student should know, something like previous years' end-of-school exams if your country has them. Do one, check your answers, study the topics you had most trouble with. Repeat the whole thing until you are comfortable with your skills.

  No.568

I have a related question.
I want to get into physics but I already forgot most of what I learned about calculus.
Anyone knows of a book that goes through all the necessary calculus to start doing physics?
Thanks a lot my friends.

  No.569

>>568
This should have everything you need to do anything in classical mechanics. https://0x0.st/pKU.pdf

  No.570

Learn algebra, duh.

  No.572

>>557
Paul's Online Math Notes.

  No.574

www.Khanacademy.org

Literally the best math on the net. Passing the sections requires a little too much repetition for my taste, but if you need to know how to do something, their instructional videos are exemplary.