My eyes are destroyed. I have been unable to learn math beyond decimal division in school due to laziness and unhelpful teachers. I am now trying to mitigate this mistake by learning math from the beginning. I do not have any teachers or any kind of specialized tools. I am only using a computer and screen reading software that reads texts and equations. I am trying to learn all the math required for understanding calculus. I wish to learn calculus to be able to learn analysis of algorithms in computer science.
Through the help of many online lectures and videos, I have been able to learn a lot of basic algebra on my own (E.G. exponents, functions and some basic polynomial manipulations). However, areas with graphs, lines and trigonometry completely destroyed me. Online lectures and videos do not help because they usually do not describe the graphs, or lines they've drawn. So I am left with imagining what they might look like.
I believe I got a few things right. For example, In a graph, x axis means left to right. Y-axis means upwards to downwards. Negative numbers are left and downwards while positive numbers are upwards and right. For example, if I were to graph (3,5) I would move three points to the right and go upwards 5 points. I believe I managed to understand what slope means. But beyond that I am totally lost.
I understand this is an extremely unusual way to learn, but since I am learning on my own I may have no choice.
My questions are:
- Is it possible to learn critical elements of algebra while completely ignoring graphs?
- I've read a lot about graphing a function. Is it so important to graph a function?
- Is it possible to understand trigonometric functions without knowing what they mean visually? I have no interest in trigonometry, I will just studdy them to help me with calculus.
In general, is it possible to learn math required for analysis of algorithms while only using equations and totally avoiding visual things like graphs, slopes and lines? If no, is it possible, however small, to learn and use graphs without seeing them?