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Math book to teach reading and understanding formulas?

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Hi thanks for reading my post. I have been learning programming, written some fixed function pipeline directx9.0 engine in c++ very simple but it works, I'm getting a decent grasp on the math but I have a problem.

I never went to college and my math skills are terrible ( I was top of my class in highschool 8 years ago, forgot a lot though), I can't read math formulas, and have some issues with I guess trig and calculus. I made progress learning matrix/vector math, But most of the books I have teach using formulas with those weird symbols I can't read it. But when I see it in code I usually get it there much easier. So does anyone know of a good book that teaches how to read those formulas and maybe talk about things like cin and cosin (is that trig?). For example I have this book 3D Math Primer.. but most of it will show a formula and go from there, which I can't read.

A really good tutorial may suffice as well.

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I wish I had a book to recommend....

To answer one of your questions: You'd study the sine (abbreviated "sin") and cosine (abbreviated "cos") functions in trigonometry. They're nothing too crazy though. You might want to take a look at this thread.

I also just took a look at that book (3D Math Primer). Does your edition have the "Appendix A" at the back like the digitized one on Amazon has? That might answer some of your questions.

It also might help to watch lecture videos on some topics; I think we sometimes undervalue nonverbal communication. I hear good things about Khan academy, and, for more advanced topics, you might want to check out MIT OpenCourseWare and Stanford Engineering Everywhere . For particular topics, people on the forums may also be able to suggest specific lectures.

I also think it's helpful to take math you're reading and implement it in a familiar computer language. When you see something about an infinite series, for example, write a for loop to compute the sum of the first million terms and look at the result. Use lots of plots. "Draw as much stuff on the screen as possible."

Another thought is, if you're trying to understand how to read math, try reading what people have written about how to write it. E.g., this .

Finally we also might be able to help in this thread. Any questions in particular?

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