Re: Unprepared for calculus

Re: Unprepared for calculus

In a US university, you could probably go to the Math Department and request taking a placement exam. In my opinion, calculus is hard primarily because it introduces some new concepts and a higher level of abstraction, but it is probably overwhelming if your algebra and trig are not solid.

Re: Unprepared for calculus

Jeff pretty much outlined it in his answer. Your algebra and trigonometry needs to be solid. What that means is that you need to be able to solve pretty much any equation that pre-calc throws at you (or at least understand the solution) and you really need to understand the trigonometric functions. Not just realize that sin(x) equals opposite over hypotenuse but really understand what's going on short of actually proving them. Learn the basic identities and their inverses for example. You want to understand functions really well too.

Understand these three key points and you should be able to succeed in calculus:

Functions (inverse, graphing, min, max, bijection, subjection etc.)

Trig

Algebra