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I am an ESL learner and most of the time I am able to understand English but In my courses, we don't study mathematics, and I think that it is a mistake or wrong.

1-What are really the best sources (book or books) to study and review completely high school mathematics? -titles -authors -edition -publishers

2-What are really the best sources (book or books) to study and review completely college mathematics? -titles -authors -edition -publishers

3-What are really the best sources (book or books) to study and review completely university mathematics; the basic courses before to study a specialty in a university for example. I ignore how matematics courses work in an American, Canadian or English university. -titles -authors -edition -publishers

4-What is or are the best calculator or calculators? I mean software applications used to calculate or the usual electronic device used in university courses? I know DreamCalc but are there others? I know what is spreadsheet but is there a better thing that I can use? I know of the IrisPen to develop solutions to math problems using a computer but is there a better thing to use?

I sincerely thank you to develop extensively comments and suggest really good books, products, software applications and os on.

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4. If you can, get Mathematica or Maple. –  J. M. Nov 30 '10 at 1:26
    
I don't see the difference between 2 and 3. The calculus is a must, but what other stuff you should study depends on your background and what you really want to do. –  J. M. Nov 30 '10 at 1:27
    
Some basic linear algebra is a must, too. –  Alex B. Nov 30 '10 at 1:51
    
Dear @J.M.: I'm not sure that I understand your recommendation of Mathematica or Maple --- I've had to use the former for my physics courses, but almost never in a mathematics course. (Also, there are open-source alternatives that certainly handle basic functionality if it is necessary.) –  Akhil Mathew Nov 30 '10 at 2:39
    
@Akhil: He asked for software, and he doesn't necessarily have to get the latest versions (I actually think they've been piling Mathematica up a bit too much ever since version 6 myself; I've been happy sticking with 5.2 and have found I didn't really need the shiny new stuff too much.). In any event, spreadsheets can't do symbolics, but yeah, there are FOSS computing environments (though apart from Octave, I haven't used any of those to say something worthwhile). –  J. M. Nov 30 '10 at 3:26

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Hi 1) "High School" Math really varies from region to region, but if you aim is the review for University, you should get any book on analytic geometry, or "college" algebra.

2,3) Calculus and Linear algebra make up the bulk of first year University Math. Any old edition of "James Stewart Calculus" should suit you fine. I think David Lay's "Linear algebra and it's applications" is also pretty good.

4) Most University math is done without a calculator, but some students purchase the computer software "Maple" as an aid. Maple is easier to learn than other programs like Mathamatica, and you shouldn't need anything more advanced than this for intro college/university

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"Maple is easier to learn than other programs like Mathamatica" - YMMV. –  J. M. Nov 30 '10 at 5:51

At first when I had the idea to ask this question, I tought about books such as Schaum's Outline of College Mathematics and other books of the same kind for high school and university mathematics courses; then I found out this Website and I had the idea to demand to "math experts." I knew Mathematica, this great math software application, but I am also happy that you talked about Maple that also really seems to be a great tool too. Thank you to tell me that Maple is less complex. At least, it seems that they developed portals and resources for students. It "sounds" great. In practice it is sometimes "another game." In my opinion, I suppose that someone who buys the IrisPen to develop math problems on a computer and on paper, and that is also enable to use an application such as Maple 14 Academic or another version is really in a good position to be good at solving math problems and tasks of the like.

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