# Unprepared for calculus

• Feb 17th 2014, 04:56 PM
ki41
Unprepared for calculus
hi guys

I'm a older university student who just dropped my calculus class

I was clearly unprepared for it as i haven't done any maths since basic algebra in high school 10 years ago

what do you recommend to get prepared? start back at algebra , geometry or pre-calc ?

whats the normal way of progressing from algebra to calculus
• Feb 17th 2014, 07:03 PM
Jonroberts74
Re: Unprepared for calculus
• Feb 21st 2014, 07:55 AM
JeffM
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.
• Feb 22nd 2014, 02:55 PM
Paze
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