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Pre-Calculus: How hard is it really?

FantasyVesperiaFantasyVesperia Registered User Posts: 2,618 Senior Member
edited July 2012 in High School Life
I'm taking this next year, and I hear many people say how easy it is and stuff like that. Some say that pre-calculus branches off of algebra II and covers new topics. I got a 82% in algebra II and I'm afraid that I'm going to die in pre-calculus. My brother said that he thought pre-calculus was easier than algebra II.

What are your opinions?
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Replies to: Pre-Calculus: How hard is it really?

  • Niquii77Niquii77 Registered User Posts: 10,104 Senior Member
    Precalculus is not hard. You do work with a lot of graphs (their behaviors and equations), there's trigonometry, which was touched in geometry,that is straight forward if you have a strong foundation in the unit circle. Um..yep. For me at least, it was easy and simple to move from one topic to the next.
  • RPreZZRPreZZ Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    It was pretty easy for me, I failed the first two tests because I did not care about the subject, but I managed to get a 93% at the end of the first semester. On the second semester i got a 97%. I never did homework, since our grade was based from tests. I got 97% and 98% in Algebra II BTW.
  • Niquii77Niquii77 Registered User Posts: 10,104 Senior Member
    Yep, yep. My class was based on tests (90% Tests, 10% homework). I stopped doing homework in February after I realized it wasn't a necessity for a good grade. Finished with a 96%. Algebra II, 97%.
  • lldm21lldm21 Registered User Posts: 1,403 Senior Member
    Most of the kids in my honors chemistry class are juniors, and take honors precalculus. I've seen many rage quits from just thinking about the class :/. Makes me kind of scared for next year, haha. A lot of kids have C's, and the day I walked in to get summer work, I got to hear this conversation:

    Kid: "So, did that test take me out of the 50's?"
    Teacher: "No, actually I think it put you in the 40's."

    That may be because of the teacher though; I think this is her first or second year teaching it (she taught algebra II previously).
  • JHUorDUKEJHUorDUKE - Posts: 183 New Member
    Precalc extends from algebra 2 for the first couple of units. After that you start trig, and its stuff that you have never seen before. Overall, its not that bad. Algebra 2 was a joke for me and in precalc I actually had to try. So I would say its harder than algebra 2 but not THAT bad.
  • RPreZZRPreZZ Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    LOL don't be scared, It's just a class. You can use Khan Academy or something like that when you need help. Stop listening to other people.
  • lldm21lldm21 Registered User Posts: 1,403 Senior Member
    I may have made that post sound a bit more dramatic than I'd intended; I'm more nervous than scared because math isn't my strong point already, but I intend to get help if I fall behind or something.
  • FantasyVesperiaFantasyVesperia Registered User Posts: 2,618 Senior Member
    ^ My math skills isn't so strong either. I was pushing it in Algebra II just for a 80%. It looks like I have TONS of studying to do my Junior year lol.
  • stylishsmartiestylishsmartie Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    precalc really isn't that bad :)
  • myuusmeowmyuusmeow Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    My precalc class, other than working with trig identities could have just been called algebra ii redux. We were supposed to actually do pre-calculus stuff like limits and those but there wasn't enough time this year.
  • Niquii77Niquii77 Registered User Posts: 10,104 Senior Member
    Oh yea, limits. We did that, too. My class finished early so my teacher started teaching us Calculus.
  • MilkShaikhMilkShaikh Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    I used to enjoy math. Then I took Pre-Calculus...
  • Etuck24Etuck24 Registered User Posts: 1,386 Senior Member
    it all depends on the individual teacher. Our class was kind of a pseudo-algebra II review for the first part than trig the next. Learn the unit circle and you'll be fine. But like I said it depends on the teacher.
  • 21NFK9421NFK94 Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    To be honest, I can't really tell. I had an easier time with Pre-Calc, but I also had a MUCH better teacher, so that may have been the reason why.

    I don't know, the only hard thing about Pre-Calc is that they introduce a lot of new concepts to you that you've never seen before. Once you grasp them, you're fine, but it's very confusing until that Aha! moment. Good news is that I thought Calculus was easier than both Alg II and Pre-Calc combined, because all you really do is take Pre-Calc concepts and detail them.

    But out of the people I've talked to, the ones who prefer geometry over algebra tend to like Pre-Calc better.
  • iluvbooks94iluvbooks94 Registered User Posts: 1,009 Senior Member
    I learned differentiation, but my class was IB Math SL + pre-calc, so that may be why.
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