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In what order to take these math classes

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Would you take geometry first, and then Trig and then Pre-calculus?
 

chiro

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Would you take geometry first, and then Trig and then Pre-calculus?
What kind of geometry are you referring to? Is it the kind where you prove things about angles, calculate certain measures of objects with straight lines (like triangles, trapezoids, rectangles and so on)?

Its been a while since I did any of that kind of thing and when I think about geometry I think about norms and inner products which is what you do at uni.
 
I took neither trig nor geometry before pre-cal. I can't really say it's been detrimental to my education.
 
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I never took trig or precalculus at all. My high school (I'm assuming you're talking about high school) math curriculum was

First year: Geometry
Second year: Algebra II
Third year: Calculus I
Fourth year: Calculus II

I didn't have too many problems with that plan, for whatever it's worth. Maybe you'll have a similar experience if you give it a try?

If not, I think the "standard" order for the courses is geometry, trig, and then precalculus. Geometry was one of the worst courses I've ever taken, though, so expect that it could potentially suck.
 
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precalculus will usually includes high school algebra and and geometry..
 

S_Happens

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My Precalculus was a combination of select trig and algebra (after Algebra II). There's no real need to take a full blown trig course and then precalculus, just go straight into precalculus.

My order, here in the US, was Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, etc.
 

eumyang

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I did Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and then Precalculus, but this was because I took Algebra I in 7th grade. I'm told that this is the preferred sequence for those who start Algebra I earlier than 9th grade. (I'm talking about middle school/high school in the US.) In my school Precalculus consisted of College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry.

But my reply, and the replies of every one else above (with all due respect) may not be helpful to the OP, because they may not apply to his/her situation. The OP has not explained if he/she is in high school, nor has he/she explained what "Precalculus" means in his/her school. The OP should explain his/her situation further before anyone else replies. Even better, the OP should consult the guidance counselor, academic advisor, or the math department chair instead of asking us in the first place.
 
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I did math in this order, though I took precal at both highschool and college level. I dont think you really need much geometry for any of my math classes but used alot of it for some of my engineering classes (namely statics). Geometry involved a bit of trig and precalculus was a combination of algebra and trig.

Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
Precalulus
---College---
Calculus (I-III)
Diff EQ (concurrently with Calc III)
---Next semester----
Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
Foundations of math (intro to proofs, sets, etc)
 

S_Happens

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I did Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and then Precalculus, but this was because I took Algebra I in 7th grade. I'm told that this is the preferred sequence for those who start Algebra I earlier than 9th grade. (I'm talking about middle school/high school in the US.) In my school Precalculus consisted of College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry.
I took Algebra I in 8th grade.
 

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