Quote from scootersuz
I have taken A & P and am in Chemistry starting next week. My math skills are poor and I need help with pre algebra level math.
I in NO WAY want to discourage you. But this is a big flag for me. (Stick around here long enough and you'll figure out I adore chemistry, so take that into consideration when reading my remarks! LOL)
The math in Chem I is NOT difficult. There is a lot of math in Chem I, but it's mostly solving simple algebraic equations. But if you need help with pre-algebra, you *might* get into trouble quickly. And you might feel a bit overwhelmed by dimensional analysis, which drives students crazy.
So my advice is to get a tutor NOW. Start as soon as possible. Do all the chemistry homework at least once, multiple times if necessary. Get one of the Dummies books or something similar and work through the problems. Find extra problems online and do them. (Look through all the old Chemistry threads and you'll find lots of good sites.) If you start to feel confused about a problem, ask immediately in class and/or see the professor immediately after class. Figure out who the smart people are in your class and make friends with them.
Post questions here so lifeless people like me can answer them and feel smart. :chuckle
Don't let fear, confusion, frustration overwhelm you. Stay on top of the work. If you can do that, you have a good chance of doing well in chemistry. It's not ALL math, and a lot of it is conceptual stuff that doesn't require any math at all.
Chem II is another matter -- you would feel like you signed up for a math course. LOL. But for now, don't worry about that. Stay focused on your goal. And maybe you'll love chemistry as much as I do!