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I recommend(as did a previous poster) Schaum's Outline for College Algebra. Pay special attention to Factorization, as well as finding the real zeros of a polynomial. Depending on your instructor, knowing the graphs of the basic polynomial functions like the back of your hand can also be helpful.

Also, you will need to know basic trig, including:the trigonometric functions and their inverses, the unit circle, the polar coordinate system, law of sines, law of cosines, sum and difference, half-angle, double angle, and the product to sum formulas. You don't have to memorize them, but be familiar with how to use them.

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This is great advice. I'm no calculus god, but once the calculus clicked, the only thing that irked me on exams was forgetting algebra or making silly mistakes when simplifying or whatever.little_late_MD said:

I recommend(as did a previous poster) Schaum's Outline for College Algebra. Pay special attention to Factorization, as well as finding the real zeros of a polynomial. Depending on your instructor, knowing the graphs of the basic polynomial functions like the back of your hand can also be helpful.

Also, you will need to know basic trig, including:the trigonometric functions and their inverses, the unit circle, the polar coordinate system, law of sines, law of cosines, sum and difference, half-angle, double angle, and the product to sum formulas. You don't have to memorize them, but be familiar with how to use them.

Review your algebra and trig like no other and work on building speed.

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youngnflyy said:

Schaum's 3000 is the best book... used it in high school, & I was 2 semesters ahead of the pack in college (although Calc II, I got a B for some reason). I second other posters: review your algebra & trig: you will need to know factorization, synthetic division, exponential functions, basic trig identities, & a bit of analytic geometry. Geometry helps too!

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youngnflyy said:

Change your belief systems. Have faith in your abilities. If you're going into a class thinking you're going to fail you will. You can do it.

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youngnflyy said:

Hey, I am taking Calc I right now and I am finding it to be very easy. The concepts in Calc I and II are really quite simple. First you have to ask yourself, why is math your most dreaded subject? My bet is that your weakness lies in algebra. In my class most of the people are weak on algebra and this is what is giving them the most trouble in class. Review your algebra and you should do well.