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Hey guys, it's a bit embarrassing but I'm kind of lost when it comes to understanding the different levels of math courses available in high school. Can someone give me a quick rundown of what each type -- like Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus -- involves? Does the order I take them in matter? Finally, do colleges look at these courses differently? Thanks in advance!

a month ago

No need to be embarrassed, it's great that you're trying to understand the high school math sequence! Here's a basic rundown:

1. **Algebra I** focuses on key algebraic concepts such as variables, equations, and inequalities. Here, you'll learn how to create and solve mathematical equations involving variables.

2. **Geometry** covers shapes and their properties. You'll cover topics like angles, triangles, circles, and solid figures, and learn how to prove mathematical concepts.

3. **Algebra II** builds on Algebra I. Expect to encounter systems of equations, complex numbers, and quadratic functions. This course not only expands on what you learned in Algebra I, but also introduces trigonometry.

4. **Precalculus** prepares you for Calculus. It combines elements of Algebra II and Geometry and introduces new concepts like limits and other aspects of analysis.

5. **Calculus** introduces mathematical concepts that involve change and motion (derivatives) and accumulation (integrals).

Typically, the order is Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, then Calculus. The order is important because each course introduces concepts that the next ones build upon.

As for colleges, those rigorous math courses, like Calculus, can indeed make your transcript more impressive, especially if you're planning to major in STEM since Calculus is foundational for many of those fields. That being said, it's always important to balance rigor with your ability to succeed; it won't help you much if you take a difficult course and then perform poorly in it. So, aim for courses that challenge you, but are also realistic based on your strengths.

a month ago

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