Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community polls, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

Math Progression

musicallylatinmusicallylatin Posts: 3,813Registered User Senior Member
edited June 2009 in High School Life
My school's general, unspoken, rule of thumb is that the math progression is (Algebra)-->Geometry-->Algebra II-->Precalculus-->AP Calc/Stats. Is it really necessary to take Precalc before AP Stats, or is that just my school?
Post edited by musicallylatin on
«1

Replies to: Math Progression

  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn Posts: 16,060- Senior Member
    Same here. Taking Precalc isn't really necessary for either AP class (and certainly doesn't help at all for statistics).
  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 456Registered User New Member
    my school lets you choose which course you want to do after alg. II (AP stats or precalculus)
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Posts: 3,813Registered User Senior Member
    Here I don't believe they'll let you skip.

    Hmmm... I always thought that was odd, and now I do even more. I'm taking precalc over summer, so if I wanted I guess I could do both AP Calc and Stats, but that doesn't sound too great to me.
  • Aaron100Aaron100 Posts: 154Registered User Junior Member
    my school its either stats or precal ---> calc or stats
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn Posts: 16,060- Senior Member
    My school only lets you skip "Math Analysis" if you're really good at math and request it. Calculus and Statistics are very different (AP Stat is barely like math) so it wouldn't be that bad.
  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 456Registered User New Member
    What is Math Analysis? Isn't that like precalc? haha... that is what it is at my friends IB school, idk.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Posts: 3,813Registered User Senior Member
    We have math analysis too. For us it's as basic as they can teach precalc.
  • fizix2fizix2 Posts: 3,570Registered User Senior Member
    ap stats is less important than precalc,
    so i guess it makes sense that you would take it later
    but it's not really necessary
  • PhilsophydudePhilsophydude Posts: 429Registered User Junior Member
    For us honors students its

    Freshman: ALG 2/Trig
    Sophomore: Precalc
    Junior: AP Calc BC or AP Calc AB
    Senior: Advanced Calc or AP Statistics

    For normal people its

    Freshman : Geometry
    Sophomore: Alg 2/Trig
    Junior : Precalc
    Senior: AP Calc BC or AP Calc AB

    For somewhat inferior people.

    Freshman: Geometry
    Sophomore: ALG 2
    Junior: Trig
    Senior: Precalc

    For stupid people

    Freshman: ALG 1
    Sophomore: Geometry
    Junior: ALG 2
    Senior: TRig

    For failures

    Freshman: Geometry
    Sophomore: Integrated 1
    Junior: Integrated 2
    Senior Integrated 3
  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man Posts: 2,497Registered User Senior Member
    The progression from Algebra II is either Precalculus (for the smarter kids) or AFM (Adv. Fxns and Modeling, for the ones who perhaps aren't the brightest lightbulb in the box). Precalculus leads into Calculus/IB Math and AFM leads into ICM (Intro to College Math).

    Statistics is entirely separate from the progression; most of the smart kids take it sophomore year but it's open to 10-12.
  • dbc9todddbc9todd Posts: 103Registered User Junior Member
    Does precalc actually serve a purpose for calculus? At our school, we spend half a year on random topics like polar graphs and matrices, then start calculus after midterms.
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    ^ Yes, but not directly. Precalc gives you a broad mathematical knowledge base and heightens your math skills which you will need for the calculus class. Also if you do any math in college a lot of the precalc topic will be extremely useful especially Matrices...
  • fizix2fizix2 Posts: 3,570Registered User Senior Member
    yea, you have to know some of the identities in order to do certain integrals

    (think sin^2 + cos^2 = 1, 1 + tan^2 = sec^2, sin^2 A = [1 - cos(2A)]/2...)
    don't pass them off as things you're allowed to forget when you're done with the class

    it's also EXTREMELY useful for physics
  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man Posts: 2,497Registered User Senior Member
    Precalculus actually doesn't cover any calculus at all (unless the curriculum includes limits and basic derivatives, like ours did). But the topics taught in precalculus form the basis for everything you need to do in calculus; without it you'll struggle in calculus.
  • MillancadMillancad Posts: 5,935Registered User Senior Member
    One guy in my school somehow got to skip straight from Algebra 2 AA to Calculus AB in 10th grade. I have no idea how he got the school to let him do that, but he's really quite a smart guy.
    But everyone else takes Pre-Cal (unless they're not going to do calc). Most of it is pretty useless for calc, but you become more solid with radians and you learn a few more trig identities than you did in Algebra 2.
«1
Sign In or Register to comment.