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I really don't know where to post this, but I figure that since Engineering majors need so much math, you guys might know more about this.
BACKGROUND INFO: I am a first year college student. I used to have a pretty good handle on math until high school Geomtery/Algebra II when I started slacking off. I became kind of scared of math and took AP Statistics/AP Computer Science instead for my junior and senior years, instead of Math Analysis(the course my high school offered before calculus, I think it was like a combo of precalc and trig) or AP Calculus like everyone else.
Anyways I need to get back into math again now that I'm in college. I actually did ok on the math placement test (in my opinion for not having touched math in awhile), and I'm eligible to take Trigonometry and Precalculus. It's imperative that I catch up FAST on my math, so I'm going to have to take math over the 6-week winter session. SO ESSENTIALLY: Trig is 3 units, and Precalc is 4 units. 7 units is the max that you can take for the 6 week session. Should I take both at the same time? Or should I just take Precalc, and really focus on it? Or is it REALLY necessary to take trig before precalc? It's best if I'm able to take Calculus in the spring. I do have a 4 week break between Fall and Winter, I could try and self-study a little bit of Trig. What should I do?
MATH 150 - Trigonometry
Prerequisite: MATH 71 or 71B or qualifying score on current department placement test AND Math 61 or passing score on current geometry competency test.
Trigonometry functions and inverse trigonometric functions and the graphical representations of these functions; solutions to right and oblique triangles with laws of sines and cosines; vectors; solutions to trigonometric equations; identities; polar coordinates; complex numbers and DeMoivre's Theorem.
MATH 160 - Precalculus Mathematics
Prerequisite: MATH 150, or qualifying score on current department placement test.
Prepares students for the calculus sequence. Real-valued functions, including algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Also includes proofs, inequalities, introductory analytical geometry, series, sequences, and vectors.