The difference between precalculus and trigonometry?by Jurrasic Tags: difference, precalculus, trigonometry 

#1
Apr1311, 08:40 PM

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OK at the 2 year college here, they offer ONLY trig , and you take that after college algebra, and before you take calculus, and the counselors at the 2 year college all say that, trig and precalculus mean the same thing there, which is weird, because, then if you look at the classes offered at another nearby 2 year college, strangely, they offer trig AND precalculus, so what's the difference between the two?




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Apr1311, 08:55 PM

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At my 2 year, they have trig and precalculus separate. Trig was straight trig. Functions, identities, graphing, deriving, etc. Pre calculus if I remember correctly was mainly analyzing functions and their graphs. Exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, trig functions mainly. Touch on conic sections and vectors as well I think. Maybe some complex numbers.




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Apr1311, 08:57 PM

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Just by simple logic, precalculus should contain all of the mathematics necessary in order to understand calculus. This includes, but is not limited to trigonometry.
Other things ought to be included in precalculus, like functions, or analytic geometry. Maybe some algebra that hasn't already been covered. 



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Apr1611, 01:50 AM

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The difference between precalculus and trigonometry?However, for Precalculus, I can say that it includes only the "essentials" of trigonometry, such as graphs of all six functions and the inverse functions, righttriangle trig., analytic trigonometry, the very basics of vector analysis, and the very basics of Analytic Geometry. Also, the other material that is discussed that pretty much has nothing to do with trig. includes functions and their graphs, linear, absolutevalue, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions, sequences and series, matrices, conics, and an introduction to limits. All the material needed to get you ready for the world of Calculus. 



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Apr1611, 03:16 PM

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#6
Apr1611, 05:58 PM

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at my school Precalculus = college algebra + trig. Though trig usually only has like a couple of sections while precalc and algebra have millions.




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