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Trig-math analysis-thing vs. Pre-calc -
July 22nd 2009, 08:36 PM

Greetings
*waves*

I'm transferring to public school after having gone to a private school all my life, and I just have a quick question (which probably can only be answered by other students who live in the US).
I was originally supposed to take some kind of 'math analysis/trig' course for math this year, but I asked to switch to pre-calc because that's what I would've taken if I'd stayed at my old school and seems more challenging. Aside from thinking that was probably a fucking bad decision since I'm bad at math, I'm wondering if I will be actually behind the other students- my school does things in its own, quite special, order- if I go directly from a regular (non-honors) geometry course to a pre-calc course at public school, will I be missing something? (namely, trig?)
As in, for juniors who do pre-calc, were they usually in some special honors or GT geometry the year before??

Thanks, in advance, for any help. Whoever responds gets a virtual cup of tea, cupcake, or pint.

Last edited by emerson; July 22nd 2009 at 08:47 PM.

Re: Trig-math analysis-thing vs. Pre-calc -
July 22nd 2009, 09:40 PM

Hi there!
I think your best bet would be to talk to your school's counselor. He/She can help you figure out what to take and maybe give you a placement test to see how far you are in math and what would best for you.
In my school, the order for math goes
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trig/Pre-Calc(Its the same class) and then you choose between Stats and Calc (or if you are a nerd like me, you take both).
Hope everything works out for you. If you need any more help, feel free to PM me.

Re: Trig-math analysis-thing vs. Pre-calc -
July 22nd 2009, 09:59 PM

No, you won't miss anything. The regular route for public schools in the United States is pre-cal for juniors and choice between stats and calc for seniors (I, too, am a large nerd and taking both). GT would be sophomores taking pre-cal (at least, that's what it is in my school).

But it couldn't hurt to talk to your counselor, so I reccomend that as well. Good luck in your new school (:

Oh, and tea please (: haha.

how nice- to feel nothing but still get credit for being alive

Re: Trig-math analysis-thing vs. Pre-calc -
July 24th 2009, 05:11 AM

I'm not in the US but I can give my share of experience from high school math in Canada. Generally, in pre-calc you'll cover some basic trig. You may not have as much practice as you would in a formal geometry class but you'll learn it nonetheless.

If it is possible for you, you can try to see if you can get a placement test. Above all else, talk to the academic advisors or guidance counselors (or whatever other name you give them).

Generally, the high school math isn't too intense so you won't miss a whole lot that will set you back, as in, you won't suffer much at all, if any.

If you are up to it, you can review some trig and basic pre-calc material before you enter the course if that will make you feel safer. There are numerous books on there, both online and in paperform. However, if you are concerned over it, trig. and geometry are quite easy especially in 2-D (if you have geometry in 3-D and add in some calc then, then you'll find it a bit more challenging but I doubt you'll do anything to that level in high school unless you take AP calculus in your senior year, which in simple terms if you don't have AP in the states, is the most advanced mathematics course there currently is I believe).