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    The Importance of Precalculus

    How important is it for students to do well in pre-calculus before taking a first semester calculus course? It took pre-calculus in 1993 and got an A minus. Not bad for a person who did not major in math, right?
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    Re: The Importance of Precalculus

    You need to be reasonably comfortable with polynomial functions, trig functions, conic sections, logs, exponents, and polar coordinates.
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    Re: The Importance of Precalculus

    Yes, an A- in pre-Calculus is pretty good. The fact that it was 21 years ago, not so much!
    If you are at all0 unsure, retake it. That's better than taking the Calculus course, failing it and then having to take both Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
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    Re: The Importance of Precalculus

    Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy View Post
    Yes, an A- in pre-Calculus is pretty good. The fact that it was 21 years ago, not so much!
    If you are at all0 unsure, retake it. That's better than taking the Calculus course, failing it and then having to take both Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
    Amen to that. If you are able to re-take Pre-Calc then do it. After all, if you got an A- the first time around you might be likely to get an easy A. And that never hurts.

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    Re: The Importance of Precalculus

    Thanks but I am not planning to take precalculus again at age 49.
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