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You basically need Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry. The Pre-Calculus course is designed to increase your algebraic power and help you rigorously review Trigonometry. In case your "Intermediate Algebra" course did not include sequences & series, the Pre-Calculus will include them. Also, the Pre-Calculus course, if done well, includes a good introduction to limits. Again, the essential requirements to qualify for Calculus 1 are Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry.

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I may be full of ****, but I personally believe that all the prep you really need (i.e. all I had) is a good handle on Algebra. Oh, and Trig. Learn trig.

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The first calculus course I took did not require the background in trig I had. Knowing the unit circle extremely well and proving many contrived identities was not too helpful. Basically, the trig background that I actually needed was very basic. The pythagorean identity and its immediate derivable identities are perhaps most helpful. If you take a rigorous enough calculus course, you will derive everything in trig through calculus anyways.

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I saw someone here mentioning that learning Analytic Geometry is very helpful.

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I definitely agree to that. We had an intro to calculus in October and November and now I just sat a test in intro to analytical geometry. I wish it had been the other way around.I saw someone here mentioning that learning Analytic Geometry is very helpful.

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This should be enough to get started on the basic ideas of calculus.

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Have you taken Geometry? I would suggest that you really know your Algebra, and some trigonometry (sin, cos, tan, unit circle). Physics deals with a fair amount of angles, and a ton of algebra. There are plenty of books out there that can help, if you need refreshers in certain topics.

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