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July 1st, 2014, 09:28 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jul 2014 From: Pakistan Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Prerequisites of Calculus And Analytical Geometry
Hi, I am a bit older person to pursue my bachelor degree now. The math I learned a long ago does not exist in my head now. The first semester of the degree I am going to pursue includes a course called Calculus And Analytic Geometry. My concern is that what are prerequisites of this course. What do I need to learn/refresh before I take this course and successfully learn it. Before getting into this university degree, my learning source for prerequisites is khanacademy.org. Are there any such courses on this website that can help me? Thanks & appreciated.. Last edited by akr; July 1st, 2014 at 09:32 PM. 
July 2nd, 2014, 01:00 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,119 Thanks: 710 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
I would start to revise algebra, basic geometry (triangles, circles, that kind of thing) differentiation and integration as a minimum. That will form a good platform to start calculus.

July 2nd, 2014, 05:46 AM  #3 
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 
I'm not sure what the course covers based on its name. It might be an introductory calculus course (3rd or 4th year of high school) with some geometry thrown in, or it might be a reasonably advanced course covering analysis and various geometries. In the former case you should study basic algebra (algebra I and II) and precalculus topics like differentiation. In the latter case you should have completed at least one semester of calculus and ideally differential equations plus have a strong understanding of (Euclidean) geometry. 
July 2nd, 2014, 03:22 PM  #4 
Newbie Joined: Jul 2014 From: Pakistan Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Appreciate both answers
I appreciate both answers. So among others the following courses are available at khanacademy.org which I am going to take: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Precalculus Differential calculus Integral calculus 
July 3rd, 2014, 05:03 AM  #5 
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  Definitely Algebra I (if you don't yet know it), Geometry, and Algebra II. Precalculus would be useful and I would recommend it (but you should be able to get by without if you work harder in the class). Differential calculus would be useful but I would only take it if you otherwise might have use for it. Integral calculus would take you too far afield, I think, and you probably don't need to spend time on it. (It's a good class but I assume you're timeconstrained here.)

July 6th, 2014, 01:28 AM  #6  
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How much time do you have for your preparation?  

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