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October 20th, 2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Can I take Pre Calc without taking Trig??

I haven't taken a geometry course in a few years and I'm trying to review what I learned in my Alg II classes for Pre Calc.

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Trigonometry is normally incorporated into a Precalculus course.
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My precalculus course included trigonometry involving cos + i sin and I think polar graphing.

You can read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigonometric_functions and see if you can understand it.

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Trigonometry is normally incorporated into a Precalculus course.
Yes, but can you take pre calc without having taken trig.
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Yes, but can you take pre calc without having taken trig.
At the high school level, yes, although exposure to basic right triangle trig in a geometry or algebra 2 class would help. If a high school offers precalculus, then they normally do not offer a separate trig course, but there are exceptions.

At the college level, check the course offerings catalog from where you want to go and see if prerequisites are required for taking precalculus. You may have to take a placement exam.
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At the high school level, yes, although exposure to basic right triangle trig in a geometry or algebra 2 class would help. If a high school offers precalculus, then they normally do not offer a separate trig course, but there are exceptions.

At the college level, check the course offerings catalog from where you want to go and see if prerequisites are required for taking precalculus. You may have to take a placement exam.
In high school in New York the year before Precalculus is called "Algebra 2/Trigonometry."

Here is what Hofstra University says about a prerequisite for Precalculus:

"A grade of Pass in MATH 006A or Math Placement scores as interpreted by advisement. May not be taken after MATH 071 or after receiving a passing score on the Calculus Readiness Exam without prior permission of the department chairperson."

MATH 006A is titled "The Real Numbers and College Algebra." MATH 071 is titled "Analytic Geometry and Calculus I."

http://www.opentextbookstore.com/precalc/ has a Precalculus textbook online for free. Considering that half the chapters involve trigonometry, I recommend knowing some Trigonometry before taking Precalculus.

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When I went to college I tested through the five-credit precalculus course they offered and took Calc I and Calc II simultaneously my first semester.

But, while I aced those classes, there were several times throughout my college career when I found myself ignorant of some topic and my classmates were like, "Didn't you take precalculus?"

So, on reflection, I think I would have been better off delaying calculus one semester and making sure I had the background required. The same is probably true of you regarding trigonometry.
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When I went to college I tested through the five-credit precalculus course they offered and took Calc I and Calc II simultaneously my first semester.

But, while I aced those classes, there were several times throughout my college career when I found myself ignorant of some topic and my classmates were like, "Didn't you take precalculus?"

So, on reflection, I think I would have been better off delaying calculus one semester and making sure I had the background required. The same is probably true of you regarding trigonometry.
Do you have course descriptions for the Calculus I and II? I'm surprised I wasn't a prerequisite for II. I understand your point. It could also matter how many math courses in how many semesters d9esco expects to take. If you don't need much math, that would be a reason to take it slow and take trigonometry first. If you need a lot of math, starting slow will mean more semesters where you need multiple math courses and longer until you reach advanced calculus. On the other hand, the more math courses you take, the more it will hurt you if you start too fast and are not prepared for Precalculus and/or Calculus when you start it.
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