A year ago I thought exactly the same thing. I'll list off what I did for you, and let you know what I think about the path I took now.

A year ago..

I picked up a book called "Physics DeMystified" by Stan Gibilisco. This book explained physics in a way that assumed the reader might not know very much math. The subjects began with Newtonian mechanics and ended with reletivity. This was a very good book for me at the time, but it in no way was a book that would teach me how to perform my own physics calculations.

I next borrowed a physics text book from a friend of mine. One glance at the book was enough to convince be there was no way I was going to understand it without learning calculus.

I next borrowed Early Calculus Transcendentals by James Steward which turned out to be an excellent idea. With this book and the help of our forum members, especially serpico jr, I was able to learn calculus 1 and half of calc 2 before I decided I should get school credit for what I was doing.

This fall I've started school. The two subjects I am taking are calc 1 which I basically already know I guess, and Calculus Based Physics 1. Based on my experience in this class,

**I highly recommend that before you learn physics, you get yourself to a calc 2 math level.** If you do not do this, you will not fully understand some important physics concepts.

The best first step to learning physics is to pick up a math text book that will help you get to a high enough math level. If you want my help in learning calc on this forum, I'd be glad to.