What is the difference between a trig course and trig as taught in a pre-calculus course? If there is no difference, then why repeat trig concepts in a pre-calculus course?

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- Oct 22nd 2010, 11:41 AMRTC1996Trigonometry and Pre-calculus
What is the difference between a trig course and trig as taught in a pre-calculus course? If there is no difference, then why repeat trig concepts in a pre-calculus course?

- Oct 22nd 2010, 11:43 AMAckbeet
It's six of one and a half-dozen of the other. Your repetitions could be because a) they want to review, or b) the courses aren't coordinated very well.

- Oct 22nd 2010, 01:22 PMRTC1996
I guess we need a little bit of both.

- Oct 23rd 2010, 11:02 AMwonderboy1953
One difference is that a precalculus/calculus course likes to work in terms of radians while a trig/geometry course likes to work in terms of degrees.