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    Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    First off, hello to all and glad to be here. Many advanced thanks for all the help I am sure I will receive here. I am no student, college or otherwise but having missed my chance to take that route I am now looking to further my interests that I neglected in my earlier years.

    Science is really my main interest, but of course Science and Mathematics are very closely intertwined. That is not to say that math does not intrigue me, quite the contrary since everything in Science can be explained in terms of numbers. Only that my interest in learning math comes from my interest in the sciences. As of now, the extent of my understanding of math is only up to Algebra and Geometry which I studied in High School and have recently re-read to brush up and re-learn. I hope to take my understanding as far as I can but at the same time I do not have overly lofty goals.

    Up until now I have been using the local library to learn and/or re-learn what I know and while that will still be a viable tool to use if need be, in this day and age it would be much more convenient and practical to do this online. For starters, only being able to check out a book for a few weeks at a time is not practical for trying to learn math (or any subject honestly). Another being the fact that doing something like this online means interactivity, something like short quizzes and chapter tests being worked into the material as well all the other resources the internet provides.

    Which brings me to my main point/question. I am looking for good websites both for book reading and Mathematics learning. Something informative but also plain and "bloat free". Some nice Android apps would really help out as well, if anyone knows of any. Yes, I know how to Google search and have done so extensively and have found many good websites and resources and I plan on using them. But more information is never a bad thing and I figured I might as well find a good forum and see what the more knowledgeable have to say.

    Again, many thanks in advance for any help.
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    You might do better with videos than texts. Have you checked out Mathtv and Khan academy? You'll find a range of math videos, at a range of levels. I'd also check out Norman Wildberger. He's a professor in Australia who's made umpteen dozen math videos, some at the grad school level, others at the K-6 level. I suppose you could just breeze through a series until you find something that challenges you. The videos of his I've seen all include a handful of exercises.

    As for texts, you could go on Amazon or Ebay and look for old copies you can buy cheap. It sounds like you might not need current editions.

    If you can provide more exact info on just what you want to learn right now, that would help. In Algebra, do you understand the binomial theorem? My guess is you've at least heard of it. In Geometry, can you name the plane isometries? Have you heard of circle inversion or Feuerbach's theorem? I'm guessing not, in which you can look forward to a lot of enjoyment.
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    For Texts abebooks. you can find there book for $1.

    For videos Khan Academy , MIT OCW serve you best.
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    Thank you both, I will definitely check all of those out.

    As for more information - I have fairly decent understanding of Algebra and Geometry and I do recognize most but not all of the concepts you mentioned. I currently understand up to but not including Trigonometry/Calculus. As of right now I plan to learn up to and through Calculus and go as deep into Calculus as my mind will allow.

    Learning straight from reading has worked best for me and I plan on doing it that way, at least for the time being. But the videos that you mentioned are perfect for what I am looking for to help supplement that reading by doing this online. Ideally, I would like to find texts to read online, as again that has been working great for me, but with videos added at the ends of segments to "see" what I just learned and also simple quizzes/tests to check my understanding as I progress through each segment and each subject as a whole. All of those being separate components of course, I am not expecting to find one place with all of that information tidied up into one nice package.

    To sum up - looking for a good source(s) that would allow me to do my reading online, website(s) with videos that I can refer to as I make my way through each segment of a subject (and the subject as a whole), and website(s) that would allow me to test my understanding of those same studies.

    I figured that if I could find a good place to read the subject matter online then the rest would fall into place. Top priority is finding a good place online to do my reading, though I welcome any and all information that anyone thinks might be relevant.

    [Edit] Also, it would be great to have some sort "checklist", for lack of a better term, of the key concepts someone should understand to learn any one area of Mathematics and/or the general progression of subject matter. I.e. Algebra>Geometry>Trigonometry>etc....
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    I did just check out all of those websites and they all look great. Especially the Khan Academy for videos and Abe Books for reading, though I bookmarked them all for future reference. The MIT website even had some online texts available, though not necessarily for every subject but still it was almost exactly what I was looking for. The Abe Books had books for cheap and I will definitely still use that because having hard copies to refer to at anytime is preferable regardless of my approach. But again I would prefer to find a good source to my reading online, if possible.

    Thanks again for the feedback.

    [Edit] Chegg.com and BookBoon.com are especially close/similar to what I am looking for. What is everyone's opinions on those and is anyone aware of any sites like those?
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    Okay, I think I got the book part figured out and the video sites you all mentioned will work for their part as well.

    Anyone have any good recommendations for a quizzing/testing site? Something to make sure I understand a topic before moving on to the next section and/or subject?

    thanks again.
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    Chegg.com and BookBoon.com
    Sorry I can't access these webs due to China Rules. But if you are looking for something like eBook Library then must visit Electronic library. Download books free. Finding books

    There is a Website Brilliant - Challenging math problems and physics problems (I never used) give a look there for phase tests.
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    Those both looks great, especially that e-book library. Thank you soo much!

    If anyone still has any suggestions, please say so as I would love to hear them.
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    Now that I have had ample time to study/learn using these methods, I just wanted to report back. Many many thanks for the advice, Khan Academy has proven to be an extremely helpful tool to use alongside my e-books. Chegg has been great as well. Math is Fun is another site with good, simple explanations.

    Again, thanks for the help I will be sure to pay it forward in the future!
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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    Hi SilentEchoes,

    If you're interested in Linear Algebra, also check out a website called Exdraft. It's focused on providing solutions to common types of problems. Many of the problems are customizable, so you can plug in your own values into the questions and get the solution, step by step, using those values.

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    Re: Hello all, looking for good resources to learn online.

    That looks very promising, thank you for the information.
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