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Whats the difference between taking college algebra&trig in one course vs taking something called precalculus?

At one school the math sequence requires taking college algebra and trig in one course together, (or separately if students wish) And then after that taking Calculus part 1, then part 2 , then 3.

At another school, the math sequence is the very same except, right after trig they say to take PRECALCULUS, then, take the calculus classes.

At the first school I mentioned above, they say that what would normally be called precalculus is the same thing as taking their college algebra with trig course.

So a couple of questions, has anyone here ever taken precalc. How would a precalc course actually be different from just taking college alg./trig together or something like that, do you actually learn different stuff?

Also it seems strange that the one school doesn't have a precalc course because they say that college alg. with trig = precalc, yet the other school requires that you take precalc after taking college alg. with trig. Very strange!

What do you think this is all about?