What should i know before starting college/calculus
I'm a 25 year old that hasn't been to school since 2003. My years in high school were a bit dull, in 9th grade i flunked algebra 1 because i didn't pay attention. I retook it in 10th grade and barely passed. In 11th grade i took Geometry and 12th AlG 2. I honestly didn't pay attention in class and am amazed i even passed those classes the first time around. I remember always being confused and questioning WHY things were done a certain way. I never understood exactly what was going on with the equations and variables. I've matured over the years, and i'm quite proficient in different internet coding languages such as macromedia's coldfusion and the ever so popular php. These languages make sense to me and it seems to come natural to me, however i'm not sure that has any relevence.
I'm ready to go back to school now, and i love a good challenge. I'd love to be able to go to school for an engineering degree, not just for the money - but to better myself in discipline and knowledge. At this point i remember nothing, and math is rather non existant to me. For engineering i will have to take cal 1, 2, and 3...yet i never even took trig or precal in high school. I'm assuming they will make me take some sort of prerequisites or something, but i'm going to make sure i'm ready. As someone that doesn't know a thing and is completely ignorant to the math world..where does one even start? i want to enroll for classes starting at the beginning of next year and i need to prep myself. How should i go about learning, and what should i learn to get ready for calculus? I don't have money for a tutor http://www.mymathforum.com/images/sm..._surprised.gif