Mathematics for the Nonmathematician (Dover Books on Mathematics)

Mathematics is not something to fear. It is a very well structured science. By learning formulas and applying regular practice to problem solving, anyone with a reasonable level of intelligence can discover the beauty of mathematics. Keep in mind, this takes time. In the beginning, frustration is common. I recommend memorizing key formulas first, then doing the practice of problem solving. If you truly desire to understand and make practical use of mathematics, daily study is essential. If your time is limited, study for one hour a day. Do this consistently, and after one year, you will be amazed at what you have learned. Don’t rush through the study material. Ensure that you have a good understanding of a foundation topic before moving to the next topic. Also, remember that the study of mathematics is not a race. Learn at a pace that is comfortable to you. Rushing through a study of mathematics prematurely, will inevitably destroy your desire to learn this incredibly valuable subject.

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