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Difference between PreCalculus and Calculus?by MarcAlexander
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Oct1111, 01:04 PM

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What is the difference between PreCalculus and Calculus? Is Pre a more broken down version of Calculus or is it compulsory to learn it before Calculus?
What I'm saying is, what does PreCalculus consist of compared to Calculus? 


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Oct1111, 02:07 PM

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I think precalc has limits, binomial theorem, perms + combs, exponential growth, polar coords, parametric equations, basic complex analysis (complex numbers), inverse functions, series, sequences, logs, vectors.
Seeing as you're in the UK, why do you want to learn precalculus? I like the UK Alevel module system better. From that list, those things are definitely not strict prerequisites for learning calculus. 


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Oct1111, 02:57 PM

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well, to me, it seemed like pre calc was more of a trig class. we always worked more with trig identities and the unit circle than anything else. then of course there was graphing and other parts to it.



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Oct1111, 03:17 PM

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Difference between PreCalculus and Calculus?



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Oct1111, 09:27 PM

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PreCalculus is a course to prepare for the study of Calculus. PreCalculus contains topics of Algebra more deeply than seen in "Intermediate" Algebra, and most of the topics of Trigonometry including vectors and polar coordinates. The course may also include binomial theorem, probability, and a bit of linear algebra. ALSO important content of a GOOD PreCalculus course is the study of Limits.
Calculus differs from PreCalculus by studying Limits and using Limits to develop and understand rates of change of functions 


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