Im a junior in high school, since I was young I've had a profound interest in Math, and I'd always looked forward to high school mathematics. Little did I know, Special education had taken away what thought I'd be entitled to- A quality education. I had once been surrounded by brilliant minds that were far more capable than I was, and the rivalry between us had motivated us to get ahead of the class. I came from a private school in which the average student was 2-3 years ahead of any public school curriculum. Long story short, I'm in a public school with Adolescents that abhor learning, on a daily basis, they have the audacity to disparage their education. Though there are individuals who share a similar passion to my own, they are few in number. my high school years are drawing to an end, and I feel that its in my own hands to educate myself in the beauty that is math. In every class I understand the subject before the teacher can finish stating it, I learn much faster and retain much more info than my peers. They take notes - I don't, because I feel that learning comes from paying attention to whats being taught/conveyed to us during class.
My question is how would I teach myself? Only recently have I found out that there are holes in my knowledge due to my time in special education. I want to teach myself algebra 2 from the ground up, but where would I start? Every book I can get a hold of offers problems rather than concise explanations. I want to find a book, and price isnt an issue, that can teach me EVERYTHING about algebra 2. Afterwords, I'd like to know If I'd be able to do the same for pre-calculus and Calc itself. I feel that with dedicated study (2-3 hours a day) I may be able to finish calc by July/August... Maybe even sooner. But the books I have don't explain WHY you do things, just how. There are multiple occasions in which I question something I dont understand, but there is no explanation. The books I have rely on being active in class. I want to teach myself these simple mathematics, so if possible, please point me in the direction of a book that can convey algebra 2 from the ground up (not that I don't HAVE knowledge of the subject, It's just filled with holes of which I can't locate. I dont know what Im supposed to know, but I dont know WHAT IT IS im supposed to know. Its like finding a needle in the wrong haystack)