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February 9th, 2010, 04:44 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2010 Posts: 4 Thanks: 0  WHAT is the math before precalculus?
I am a homeschooled 16 year old and I am wondering what the math before precalculus is. Right before I quit highschool to do homeschooling I was in a class called integrated 3, which was a step after Algebra 2 but a step BEFORE precalculus. I wanted to brush up on my math for the college placement test I am taking in the spring, and have had no luck so far trying to find an online resource where I can learn Integrated 3. So after spending hours looking for an online resource for Integrated 3 using Googles quirky search engine, figured that there might be another name for the math I am looking for. So what is the math class before precalculus? Are there any online resources where I can learn and do problems on the subject? 
February 9th, 2010, 05:48 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: WHAT is the math before precalculus?
There usually isn't one. The 'usual' high school classes are algebra I and II, geometry, precalculus, and possibly introductory calculus. Trigonometry is usually combined with either algebra II or geometry. Your class, by its name, probably combined some of algebra with trigonometry and possibly also geometry. 
February 26th, 2010, 06:57 AM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Mar 2007 Posts: 428 Thanks: 0  Re: WHAT is the math before precalculus?
A bit late in the day here, but when asked what people need to study calculus [meaning to do well in that study], I've replied, "Everything". That is, anything and everything that you can study, learn, and absorb is a definite asset in later studies. "Precalculus" is a nice buzzword so that proud parents [at the time of the introduction of the term] could mention the word "calculus" when asked what their child was studying, even if that was as far as they got in those studies. There is some truth to the fact that certain earlier topics lend themselves to making the study of calculus easier, but, again, every little helps as the old lady said when she cried in the sea. If looking or some terminology, one might say, perhaps, "Preprecalculus"? with the same meaning and significance. A quick look at any high school curriculum guideline should help. Don't worry so much about the buzz words. Just open the books and study the content. Everything you do like that is bound to be a good thing rather than a bad thing, so long as you are enjoying what you are doing in that endeavour. 
March 5th, 2010, 05:49 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2008 Posts: 435 Thanks: 0  Re: WHAT is the math before precalculus?
As I recall, I had taken classes in Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Statistics, and Trigonometry before precalc. But the statistics wasn't actually necessary, it was a filler class because of akward scheduling concerns. But you certainly need good algebra skill, geometry, and trig.

March 19th, 2010, 06:24 PM  #5 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Re: WHAT is the math before precalculus?
By now, I'm sure you have found your answer. You need to have a GOOD foundation in algebra. In our district, students usually take precalculus after having had Honors Algebra II/Trig OR Algebra II/Trig. Strive for proficiency in factoring polynomials; solving rational, logarithmic, and exponential equations; working with conic sections (parabola, circle, ellipse, hyperbola); matrices; and trig. functions  including identities. As one poster already noted, anything/everything is beneficial.

February 22nd, 2013, 01:49 AM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: North America, 42nd parallel Posts: 3,372 Thanks: 234  Re: WHAT is the math before precalculus?
You can go to the college's testing office, (the same college you are planning to attend) and ask for a practice placement exam and a list of study materials. They may also have that available online. 

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