Glencoe's math textbooks are generally really good, but their most recent Algebra II book sucks. Their previous edition is awesome. 

I want to start doing math again. I was always very good at it. My calculus teacher had always annoyed me(abstinence only advocate, I can't stand whiny self righteous morons), so when she said we would have homework every night, even when we had tests, I dropped the class. It didn't seem like something I'd ever need and I was sick of school at that point. 

157 is a prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151, which with 157 form a sexy prime triplet. Taking the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157, thus it is a balanced prime.
Women and rhythm section first  Jaco Pastorious
Glencoe's math textbooks are generally really good, but their most recent Algebra II book sucks. Their previous edition is awesome. 

Yeah, I've watched some Khan Academy stuff. It's good, but until I get to calculus I really just need problems to refresh my memory. Been doing long division in my head to try to get the rust off the gears, KA is a good source for those. I'll look into patrickJMT. 

157 is a prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151, which with 157 form a sexy prime triplet. Taking the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157, thus it is a balanced prime.
Women and rhythm section first  Jaco Pastorious
StonedApe, have you seen MIT's free, selfcontained online courses, under the "OCW Scholar" label? They have a course "Single Variable Calculus" that I worked through about a year ago and I can tell you that it is wonderful. 

Seconding the MIT course. Multivariable calculus was even better. 

Read Godel, Escher, Bach If you're mathminded, it's a fantastic book. It can be a challenging read, but will really get your brain spinning in the way you like if you enjoy math. 

It won't help with calculus, but definitely a beautiful book and one which'll actually teach you some pretty high level stuff in logic, for a popsci book. 

I'm watching the lecture for the MIT course now. It seems really good, but I definitely need to review trigonometry. 

157 is a prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151, which with 157 form a sexy prime triplet. Taking the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157, thus it is a balanced prime.
Women and rhythm section first  Jaco Pastorious
Maybe you should also consider reading some first year undergraduate mathematics? Mathematics at school basically only covers a small section of what mathematics really is  basically applied things, such as calculus, which is used largely in physics. Don't get to thinking that this section is representative of mathematics as a whole. There's an entire new continent of mathematics (arguably a much more beautiful and interesting one), which you start studying the (very) simple beginnings of when you start a degree. This includes things like abstract algebra ("group theory", to start off with), number theory and set theory (you'll have glimpsed some set theory in GEB in the section about Cantor), and analysis. The approach is very different, emphasising a building up of layers of abstraction and a discovery of structure, critically based on the notion of proof  contrasted with stuff at school which is more about techniques for getting answers to various mundane problems. If your interest is recreational then I'd definitely recommend you explore it, rather than or at least in addition to calculus. 

I took a basic undergraduate math course I needed for my music degree a few years ago, but it was really bad. It was all review of things I'd learned in high school. We learned the very basics of set theory. 

157 is a prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151, which with 157 form a sexy prime triplet. Taking the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157, thus it is a balanced prime.
Women and rhythm section first  Jaco Pastorious
Xei, do you have book suggestions for an introduction to the kind of abstract mathematics you have in mind? 

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