I believe that this question is well known, but since I'm not a US resident and do wish to learn math according to the U.S. school syllabus I wish that somebody can help me.

At my first eight years at school, I was good at math. Suddenly, I was involved in car accident and couldn't attend school for a long time. I've missed a lot of subjects and couldn't complete it until the final exams.

I didn't fail at final math exams but the average grade I got can't satisfy me since I wish to be able to learn Computer Science at the university (I'm working today as a software programmer but I can't touch many subjects because of math knowledge limitations). I've registered to it (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and accepted but at the start of the year I've realized that I don't understand the subjects so I've stopped my studies and wish to rebuild my mathematics knowledge before re enrolling.

Could somebody points me to a book/website/syllabus that's talks about mathematics from scratch (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry etc.)? I've learned at Israel, but I do wish to follow the standard U.S. high-school syllabus.

Thanks you very much!

  • $\begingroup$ I would also recommend proof strategy books, for example, see: math.stackexchange.com/questions/187340/… $\endgroup$
    – Amzoti
    Nov 26, 2012 at 23:37
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    $\begingroup$ The textbooks at artofproblemsolving.com are more challenging but very good. $\endgroup$
    – littleO
    Nov 26, 2012 at 23:45
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    $\begingroup$ I would also recommend the book: What Is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods, Richard Courant, Herbert Robbins, Ian Stewart (Editor) $\endgroup$
    – Amzoti
    Nov 26, 2012 at 23:45
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    $\begingroup$ I find it hard to believe the US STEM (Sci + Tech + Engr + Math) curriculum is anywhere near Israel's. Anyone have the PISA scores? $\endgroup$ Nov 27, 2012 at 3:32
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks :). Actually they're not, Israel mathematics level, as long as I've heard, is very low. Because of that I wish to learn according to the U.S. syllabus. The university does not continues from the end of the Israeli math high school syllabus, they request from you to know a set of topics. $\endgroup$
    – Oz Bar
    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:06

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The website I would suggest is Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ Literally hundreds of videos on math from counting to differential equations and linear algebra.

If you want books (specifically, high school text books), I highly recommend the Saxon Math series. I used these books from elementary math through precalculus (Saxon calls this Advanced Mathematics). (FWIW, I'm now in Vector Calculus and loving it...) Here's a link to the homeschool section--they will sell individual texts (rather than bulk orders) through this site: http://saxonhomeschool.hmhco.com/en/saxonhomeschool.htm

Khan Academy, though, is probably the best resource; plus, it's free! :)

Some helpful questions for syllabus information:

In what order should the following areas of mathematics be learned?

Good book to help me relearn Algebra 1...

Learning mathematics as if an absolute beginner?


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