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    Online Math Courses for Adults

    I'm 60-years old and do not have a college degree or any college level math classes behind me. I'm a fairly successful, self-taught, computer programmer working on the edge of big data and data science. The obstacle I face is lack of education and, more specifically, lack of mathematics education.

    I took algebra and geometry in high school and trigonometry in the Navy but that was all long ago. I'm looking for online math courses that are free or relatively inexpensive to take to review high-school math and then to take college level algebra, calculus, statistics, and linear algebra.

    All I've been able to find are sites with more like math-Cliff-Notes or online university classes that cost 1500 to 2000 dollars per class with tuition and fees. Can anyone recommend good online training classes for high-school and college level math?
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    Re: Online Math Courses for Adults

    Hi Delepres,

    There are a great many sites that will help you. I think the only reason why anyone would pay is to get the paper qualification or because it provides structured learning which is much harder to get on your own. I know, I am repeating your words. ://

    Just off the top of my head here is some sites that you may find helpful.
    Khan academy
    Maths is fun
    Purple maths

    I am not sure what is best, I usually just stumble into some learning site by googling a more specific question.
    Like "introduction to trigonometry" or "linear equations" or whatever..

    There are many other sites. There are also lots of great you tube clips.
    You probably need to work out where you want to start, once you find the starting point the next few lessons can be just a continuance.

    Maybe, if you need more help with getting started you could buy a text book that is at your level and just use the internet for back up help.
    That would be a great deal cheaper than $1500 and I think it would work well.

    I hope this gives you some ideas anyway ....
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    Re: Online Math Courses for Adults

    I have been consistently impressed by Khan Academy's lectures, but you cannot learn math from lectures ALONE. You need to get out of the library a textbook with lots of problems and an ANSWER KEY so you can practice what you learn at Khan Academy. If you get a wrong answer, show your work here and get an explanation on where you went wrong.

    Purple math is good, but I think Khan Academy is better.
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    Re: Online Math Courses for Adults

    JeffM is right,
    When choosing a text book, look for one with WORKED answers. They are much more common these days.
    All the texts from yesteryear had just the answers with no working and then for the proofs they had no answers at all. That was hopeless.
    You can get a lot of backup help from internet sites (including this one) but to have worked answers available to you from the beginning makes life easier and speedier.
    Good luck with your studies
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    Re: Online Math Courses for Adults

    Thanks, all. I've purchased used teacher edition textbooks for the high-school classes from Amazon. I also finally found a lot of online courses through edx and udemy. Those courses, along with the text books, should get me through most of it. I'll plan to CLEP out on College Algebra to get a form of certification to that level and then, if need be, I can consider the for-credit online higher level courses later to have a stronger certification to get the interviews.

    Thanks again for the help.
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