SusanAR Posted June 18, 2009 Share Posted June 18, 2009 My ds is a rising junior who plans to get a pre-vet degree. He will be required to take Plane Trigonometry, Precalculus, and statistics in college. My plan has been to use Chalk Dust pre cal this year, but now I'm wondering if I should just do Chalk Dust trig this year and add Life of Fred statistics. What do you think? susan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Susan C. Posted June 18, 2009 Share Posted June 18, 2009 The Precalculus does include the trig. It also includes college algebra. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

SusanAR Posted June 18, 2009 Author Share Posted June 18, 2009 The Precalculus does include the trig. It also includes college algebra. Yes, I realize that. My thinking is that trig is shorter, can be completed in a year, and would be more 'doable' while taking the additional statistics course. susan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Jann in TX Posted June 18, 2009 Share Posted June 18, 2009 The content of a one-semester Trig course and a Pre-Calculus course ---that contains College Algebra AND Trig has the same amount of Trig--one-semester's worth. Many colleges offer a one-semester Pre-Calc course--but it is more for review purposes (or very accelerated learners)... If you look at Lial's Trig (a college level text) and compare it to Lial's Pre-Calc (again college level) you will find they share the SAME solutions manual--the Trig portion is exactly the same! Same for other publishers. The only exception is when you have an Algebra 2/Trig combo text--the Trig there is often abreviated a bit. Trig is offered separately (in addition to a Pre-Calc course) because many students are only required to complete College Algebra for their majors. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

SusanAR Posted June 18, 2009 Author Share Posted June 18, 2009 When I spoke with CD about their precal course, they said that it generally takes 1.5 years to complete the entire course. I know that PA Homeschoolers also uses the CD trig course instead of the precal so that it can be completed in a year. These tidbits of info made me rethink my original plan, but perhaps it isn't the case. susan The content of a one-semester Trig course and a Pre-Calculus course ---that contains College Algebra AND Trig has the same amount of Trig--one-semester's worth. Many colleges offer a one-semester Pre-Calc course--but it is more for review purposes (or very accelerated learners)... If you look at Lial's Trig (a college level text) and compare it to Lial's Pre-Calc (again college level) you will find they share the SAME solutions manual--the Trig portion is exactly the same! Same for other publishers. The only exception is when you have an Algebra 2/Trig combo text--the Trig there is often abreviated a bit. Trig is offered separately (in addition to a Pre-Calc course) because many students are only required to complete College Algebra for their majors. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Mom22ns Posted June 18, 2009 Share Posted June 18, 2009 Having a pre-vet degree myself, I would say squeeze in the statistics if you can. It was really the most challenging college math I had. It is also required early because it is a prerequisite for genetics. Having had stats coming in would have been great! I had only had math through trig/math analysis in high school (I didn't take the AP calc class my senior year). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Storm Bay Posted June 18, 2009 Share Posted June 18, 2009 The only exception is when you have an Algebra 2/Trig combo text--the Trig there is often abreviated a bit. Trig is offered separately (in addition to a Pre-Calc course) because many students are only required to complete College Algebra for their majors. So, if you do an Algebra 2/Trig combo text, what should you do next before taking Calculus? We will be doing Dolciani Structure and Method 2. The 1 book includes one chapter on Trig (more of an intro). We already have it, since she likes the first book so much, and she'll do it her Sophomore year after she finishes Geometry. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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