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Taking Honors Algebra III a mistake?

galactocgalactoc 13 replies6 postsRegistered User Junior Member
I'm a rising junior in high school. For junior year my options were to take either Advanced Pre-Calculus or Honors Algebra III. For senior year my options are then either AP Calculus or Honors Calculus. I chose to take Honors Algebra III but I'm wondering if this was the wrong decision because I don't want to take AP Calculus senior year (Math is one of my least favorite subjects). I chose to take Algebra III because I wanted an honors class for a GPA boost, and also I am good enough at math to take it even though I don't like math. This year (sophomore year) I took the highest level math course available and ended with a B.

Algebra III is differential calculus. This is the course description from my school:
"The first semester of this course is a rigorous study of circular and trigonometric functions and their applications. During the second semester, students study differential calculus, exploring the concepts of limits, continuity, and derivatives. Applications of these concepts will be stressed. Students will be using a graphing calculator to enhance their study in this course. Students who successfully complete this course and meet eligibility requirements will go on to AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC."

Any thoughts on how hard this course sounds, and if it was stupid of me to sign up for it when I don't want to take AP Calculus senior year? Any comments will be appreciated. Thank you.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77244 replies673 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Depending on your eventual college and major, it may be advantageous to take AP calculus in high school rather than wait until college to take it. In high school, you can opt for the slower gentler AB version, rather than the college-pace BC version.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41608 replies447 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    What do you want to study in College?
    Since this course will prepare you for Honors Calculus, you're fine either way - it'll likely make honors Calculus relatively easy which can be good for senior year.
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