I just finished a Trig class, and i have some time before I start my Calculus course. I was wondering, what should I have a solid understanding of that will prepare me for this class?

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- May 10th 2011, 09:23 AMMajorJohnsonWhat advice would you give someone learning Calculus?
I just finished a Trig class, and i have some time before I start my Calculus course. I was wondering, what should I have a solid understanding of that will prepare me for this class?

- May 10th 2011, 09:29 AMAckbeet
Solid grasp of algebra, trig, and analytical geometry should do. A smattering of logic wouldn't hurt. You could always try to jump ahead in studying. The book I always recommend for Calculus is Morris Kline's

*Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach.*It's heavily applications-oriented, with very clear explanations, and the price is right. - May 10th 2011, 09:40 AMMajorJohnson
Okay, I'll take that into consideration. Specifically though, is there any Radicals, factoring or function graphs involved? Radicals are one of the skills I plan on perfecting.

- May 10th 2011, 09:48 AMAckbeet
All important. You might try, as a review, another Morris Kline book:

*Mathematics for the Nonmathematician,*although his initial discussion of Augustine has now been laid to rest. - May 10th 2011, 11:33 AMMajorJohnson
okay thanks.

- May 10th 2011, 11:34 AMAckbeet
You're welcome!

- May 10th 2011, 01:34 PMHallsofIvy
Perhaps the most important point- you learn mathematics by

**doing**mathematics, not by reading mathematics. When your text gives examples, close the book and try to do the example yourself- and don't come on this forum (or any other) asking people to do your homework for you!