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I am about to graduate highschool and attend either the United States Coast Guard Academy or University of Central Florida and major in mechanical engineering. Would it be a good idea to purchase textbooks that aid in the subject area or should I just focus on my current schooling? If I do get the textbooks, please recommend ones that aren't insanely expensive.
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>>7784201
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>>7784201
go to bookzz.org and download texts for free
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>>7784201
>Would it be a good idea to purchase textbooks that aid in the subject area or should I just focus on my current schooling?
Focus on your schooling. Make sure you're really solid on the stuff that's going to matter to you as a MechE: calculus & physics.

If you've got that down focus on English and public speaking. Why English? Because if you can't stand up in front of a roomful of coworkers and communicate your ideas clearly or write a clear engineering specification, you are fucked as a professional. Seriously, majorly fucked.

> If I do get the textbooks, please recommend ones that aren't insanely expensive.
Ain't no such thang. All current textbooks are insanely expensive. Pirate them off the internet.

And, yeah, the /adv/ board is that way. ->
GTFO.
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>>7784201
you know how you pirate music or movies?

You can do the same thing with text books.
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>>7784229
Ok. I've got public speaking down and Physics. I just struggle w/ Calculus for some reason.
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>>7784252
> I just struggle w/ Calculus for some reason.

Fix that *NOW*. Do whatever it takes, regardless of the cost.

Grab a general college calculus textbook off of bookzz.org (Larson's Calculus seems to get good reviews) and skim the table of contents. You are going to go through that *plus* a differential equations course plus additional math courses. And you'll go through it at 2x - 3x the rate you are doing in high school.

On top of that, every single STEM course you take is going to use calculus. College physics? Uses calculus. Statics & dynamics. Uses calculus. You get the picture.

If you don't have a solid grasp of calculus, it's game over for you as an engineer before you even start.
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>>7784305
I understand Calculus and I can implement it in my AP physics c: Mechanics course; however, the actual class doesn't always click. Thanks for the advice though.
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>>7784318
Good luck.
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