I'm a few weeks from finishing the my first semester of college and I'm not thinking about preparing for what's to come next semester as well as two semesters from now. I'd been out of school for 7 years and I never fully learned Algebra. I never even actually learned any Algebra II, so I had to take some remedial course in math, starting with Elementary Algebra. I've passed my first three exams with 100, 97 and 99, and with only two more exams left, it's clear I'll be moving on to intermediate algebra next in the Fall. I'm planning on taking a calculus course and possibly Physics as well, and I was wondering what types of math books I could get to get me ready for Intermediate Algebra and also what types of problems I'll be working on. Factoring and working with exponents isn't anything complicated, but I imagine things will get more complicated moving forward, or at least this will start to build onto each other more. Any tips to get myself ready?
My second question is in regards to taking a Chemistry course with my math background stopping at acing exams in Elementary Algebra. What types of maths will I be needing to have down to prosper in a Chemistry course? Is the math in Chemistry building on something one learns in these Algebra courses, or is it a different type of math all together that I'll have to learn? I didn't do well in IPC in High School, but I'm really focused now and acing my current courses. Is there anything I can read to prepare myself for General Chemistry I, like a Chemistry for Dummies book or something? Would you guys recommend that I continue growing my math skills in these Algebra courses before taking General Chem I (I have Intermediate then College Algebra) or does that not matter in regards to Chemistry equations?
What can one expect in a General Chemistry I course in general and is it particularly difficult for any reason?
Thanks in advance.