# For trigonometry, should I take a harder or laid-back professor? I'll go to Calculus 2

CreativiTimothy
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For trigonometry, should I take a professor who is adept at explaining but is tougher on grading, or a very laid-back professor with average teaching skills? I'm taking up to Calculus 2.

I wonder how important trigonometry is for Calculus and above. If it's not too important, then I'd prefer less stress with the laid-back teacher at the cost of not being a pro at trigonometry. What do you guys think?

10 replies I wonder how important trigonometry is for Calculus and above. If it's not too important, then I'd prefer less stress with the laid-back teacher at the cost of not being a pro at trigonometry. What do you guys think?

## Replies to: For trigonometry, should I take a harder or laid-back professor? I'll go to Calculus 2

Better grade --> Higher GPA --> More opportunity

Trigonometry is one of those subjects that really isn't that helpful anywhere else in higher math (at least in college). Understand sin, cos, tan and that's pretty much it. Anything with double angle and what not you won't ever use anyway. And if you do use them on homework for some integration/derivations, you have the internet in front of you anyways. Remembering Trigonometry formulas is like memorizing the the first 100 digits of Pi.

Not really that useful outside the class.

I'm sure parents here won't like such advises told to kids but I'm someone who went to a top school (And have peers who majored in math or are currently getting phds). I can assure you trigonometry is half as helpful as Calculus 1 is in your daily life.

Better to spend that time learning mathematics understanding how to write proper proofs. It will be better for your logic and reasoning in the long run.

I know that for Computer Science, the most important math things that are applicable to being successful are 1) having lots of experience with proof-based math classes 2) linear algebra and 3) participating in AIME and AMC 10/12.

I say you choose the prof who will best enable you to understand-- and then make sure you work hard enough to protect your GPA.