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Oct1205, 02:13 AM

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I've studied PreCalculas with derivitaves and all but not Calculas. Is it that much different from Precal or is it about the same as Precal?




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Oct1205, 06:17 AM

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I'm not sure what you mean by "PreCalculus with derivatives". That sounds like at least the first part of Calclulus! You do need to be very, very good at algebra in order to do calculus so "precalculus" typically involves a lot of algebra. How much like or unlike calculus it is depends a lot on the particular course. Some of the concepts in calculus, particularly those involving limits, are very subtle and very different from "before calculus" courses.




#3
Oct1205, 07:05 AM

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Just what does a typical Calculas course consist of?




#4
Oct1205, 08:29 AM

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PreCalculas Vs. Calculas
Thats a typical of topics for calculus 1. 



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Oct1205, 02:05 PM

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Where I teach we have a sequence entitled "Calculus with Precalculus III". I don't know how common it is, but basically it has all the material from Precalculus and Calculus I folded in together. The idea is that you learn a that bit of Precalc that you need for a particular Calc unit, right before you need it.
Maybe that's what the OP is getting at. 



#7
Oct1205, 08:05 PM

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I got Precal but is Calculas much harder?




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Oct1205, 08:12 PM

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But I think most people would agree that of all the "postprecal" mathematics, calculus would be the easiest, even in vector form. 



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Oct1205, 10:17 PM

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I know a lot of kids who took precalc , which isn't really all that worthwhile IMAO ,... i didn't do it, I just went to calc .... and the kids struggled a little, but it was only because the stuff was new to them .. like precalculus didn't really give them skills to be used in calculus.. then again they also didn't cover the state standards and stuff, so maybe i was better off ....




#10
Oct1305, 09:39 PM

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I need a website that explains Calculus.




#11
Oct1405, 09:45 AM

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Here is a good website on calulus 1 and 2 topics. http://archives.math.utk.edu/visual.calculus/
Here is one for calc 3 stuff http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/AllBr.../2415/2415.asp 



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