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What math should i take during highschool?

dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
Hi.
I'm in 8th grade and I'd say I'm good at math. I'm taking Alg 1 Honors right now and i was wondering what i should do for high school because i would REALLY like being ahead in math in high school.
So, is this good? if u want to make modifications go ahead. i need the advice.
- Summer of 2020, Geometry
- Year of 2020-2021, Alg 2
- Summer of 2021, Trigonometry (so I do good in calc)
- Year of 2021-2022, Pre-Calc
- Year of 2022-2023, AP Calc AB or BC, don’t know yet
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 889 replies7 threads Member
    does your school require a separate class for trig? It is often included with algebra 2 and/or precalc. At our school what is standard is

    8th grade integrated math 1 (same level as algebra 1) - only counts for placement
    9th grade integrated math 2 honors
    10th grade integrated math 3 honors
    11 Precalculus honors
    12 either AP Cal AB or AP Cal BC
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1823 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Our school’s honors sequence, which I’ve found to by typical, is:

    8th - Algebra
    9th - Geometry
    10th - Algebra 2
    11th - Pre-Calc (includes trig)
    12th - Calculus AB/BC with AP Stats as an optional add-on.

    I’d say that your plan to take one of those over the summer is fine, but I wouldn’t try racing through the curriculum faster than that. I also question whether a separate Trig class is needed. If it is for some reason, I guess the other one is required. Getting through Calc senior year is a good goal.

    My D took courses in other areas of mathematics, rather than racing ahead and running out of classes in the regular program. Number Theory, Probability and Counting, Game Theory, Discrete Math, were all interesting topics that I think will prepare her for the future. The Art of Problem Solving has great courses for advanced math students. You might look there if you’re interested in enhancing your skills.
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  • dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @momtogirls2 i don't know if trig is included because I'm going to a new high school. but my sister is a junior at that school so i will ask her.
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  • dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @RichInPitt thanks for the advice! i heard that if you REALLY know trig u will get through calc way easier. but I'm not sure if the school im going to for high school has trig included or separate.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40401 replies7497 threads Super Moderator
    dutko4 wrote: »
    @RichInPitt thanks for the advice! i heard that if you REALLY know trig u will get through calc way easier. but I'm not sure if the school im going to for high school has trig included or separate.

    Almost every high school's honors math track includes trig as part of another course.

    Your question is really moot without knowing what the HS math sequence is. Nor should you worry about it now. But there should be no need for any student who starts 9th grade in geometry not to be able to take calc as a senior (or before), without having to take summer courses. There are much better things to do during the summer.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80087 replies719 threads Senior Member
    If you are in algebra 1 in 8th grade, the typical US high school math progression will put you in calculus in 12th grade (example in reply #2) without needing any summer courses.
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  • XtremeBlaze777XtremeBlaze777 136 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Does your school offer anything for seniors that have completed BC other than AP Stats (such as multivar, matrix algebra, etc)? If so then it might make sense to follow this track.
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  • happy1happy1 23313 replies2306 threads Senior Member
    Work with your guidance counselor to get in a track that will lead you to calculus senior year. My guess is that can be achieved without summer classes.
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2789 replies62 threads Senior Member
    Our (honors) track is by no means the norm, but it does allow the honors-level kids to get to Calc with no summer classes:

    8th Grade - Algebra
    9th Grade - Honors Geometry
    10th Grade - Algebra 2/Pre-Calc
    11th Grade - Trig/Calc A
    12th Grade - Calc BC

    Take a look at your school's curicculum guide (should be available online) to see what your track will look like.
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  • one1ofeachone1ofeach 713 replies17 threads Member
    Every highschool in our area, private or not, gets you to Calc senior year if you are going into geometry freshman year. That’s very standard. Where the schools differentiate is honors or not in smaller schools or larger schools will have five levels of geometry, etc.

    Taking classes over the summer might be fun for you (but is it really?) but your school might not even accept those courses anyway so find that out first. If you’re doing summer classes because you think it will look good for colleges hall right there. Colleges are not going to be impressed. They may see you as another one dimensional “I’m trying to look good on a resume” type kid. Consider doing something different and interesting over the summer, just be a kid.
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  • NASA2014NASA2014 2354 replies130 threads Senior Member
    Having a good algebra background will help you more than Trig. Yes, Trig does help but if you don't know your algebra then calculus will be hard than you think it is.
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  • dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @one1ofeach I'm not doing this so it looks good for college, I'm doing this because I am thinking of pursuing systems engineering or computer science and they both include a LOT of math. I am thinking of taking C++ during the summer instead of geometry so I can start having experience with coding. Is this a good plan?
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  • one1ofeachone1ofeach 713 replies17 threads Member
    Obviously I don’t know your situation completely but I think learning coding on your own is much more of a positive than trying to skip ahead in math. As I said some highschools won’t even accept summer classes as a course credit and you should get to calc anyway!

    If you are interested in cs then learning multiple coding languages is a plus. If you take calculus senior year you are well set up for college math.
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  • dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @XtremeBlaze777 I think so. I'm looking at the curriculum and it reads, Alg 1, geometry, Alg 2, Math for college readiness, Advanced topics in mathematics, statistics, pre calc, calc AB and BC.

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  • h8annahh8annah 188 replies25 threads Junior Member
    I agree with everyone above.
    9-Geometry
    10-Alg2
    11-PreCalc
    12-AP Calc BC

    By taking Alg1 in eighth grade, you already are ahead. Going straight to BC also provides you with two semesters of college math credit, so this is rigorous enough. Most schools will include trig with precalculus or algebra 2; read the course descriptions.

    I don't recommend doing geometry over the summer, especially if you are already ahead. Geometry is going to be on the SAT or ACT, and you really want to have a strong background--not a rushed summer course. Also, if you take geometry to accelerate, you don't have an option for senior year other than statistics. I don't think fitting statistics in is a reason to put yourself through summer school, since it's mostly considered an extra course and steers off the advanced math track.
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  • dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Thanks a lot. You've made up my mind. For summer I will just learn C++ or Javascript instead of being 2 years ahead on math. Are you sure that statistics is not worth doing summer school for though?
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  • h8annahh8annah 188 replies25 threads Junior Member
    @dutko4 Statistics really isn't. It doesn't build on the math you've done post-Algebra 1 (maybe Algebra 2). It's considered an "easier" AP class, and if you end up majoring in STEM, you're going to do yourself a disservice by taking a year off your math track. And trust me, use your summer to do stuff you love! I almost used the summer to get ahead, and I'm so happy I didn't because I had time to explore my interests and do things I actually wanted to do!
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  • dutko4dutko4 37 replies12 threads Junior Member
    edited January 14
    @h8annah Thanks!
    edited January 14
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