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Is College Algebra & Trig the same thing as PreCalculus? 
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Mar1210, 06:21 AM

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1. I am in intermediate Algebra and would like to take one more course to get prepared for Calculus 1. I am currently at a commmunity college and they offer College Algebra & Trig as their Pre Calculus. Is this this equivalient to PreCalculus? Will I be prepared for Calculus?
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Mar1210, 08:34 AM

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Not exactly. "PreCalculus" should contain "limit concepts" and other things that are specifically used in Calculus. However, there is a lot of overlap between "PreCalculus" and "College Algebra and Trig". If your college offers "College Algebra and Trig" as "their precalculus", they probably include the "calculus" topics.



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Mar1210, 09:10 AM

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At my college, college algebra and trig are equivalent to precalculus, but as I took college algebra and then precalculus, I can tell you that precalculus is more indepth, and it really helps you prepare for calculus. An overview on limits, derivatives and I believe integrals are included, mostly to familiarize you with the concepts.
Think of precalculus as a review of both courses, but applied with foreknowledge of calculus. It really helps to anchor down your mathematical base. A lot of people in calculus don't screw up on the calculus parts of calculus, they screw up on the algebraic techniques. 


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