Most colleges and high schools teach precalculus. However, I find that high schools, in particular, cover most precalculus topics in a course titled algebra 2 and trigonometry. So, my question is, why is precalculus needed anyway?

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- Sep 7th 2009, 06:02 AMsharkmanPrecalculus Taught in Different Courses
Most colleges and high schools teach precalculus. However, I find that high schools, in particular, cover most precalculus topics in a course titled algebra 2 and trigonometry. So, my question is, why is precalculus needed anyway?

- Sep 7th 2009, 06:42 AMskeeter
precalculus is more of a combination of trigonometry and functional analysis beyond that covered in algebra 2.

in fact, before it was called precalculus, the requisite courses were a semester of trigonometry and another semester course called functional analysis/analytical geometry. - Sep 7th 2009, 07:03 AMsharkman
- Sep 7th 2009, 07:36 AMskeeter