college algebra and trig combined

Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by Krazie, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Krazie Registered Senior Member

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    I am going to have to take a college algebra and trig combination class next semester at a community college. I am afraid that we won't cover all the topics adequatly. I already know most of the college algebra stuff, but am I going to learn enough of the trig from a class like this. My major is physics.
     
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  3. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Trig is usually a one semester high school course, including spherical trig. If they devote half of the college course to trig, it should be adequate.
     
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  5. cato less hate, more science Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah, plus higher math courses will/should review the most important parts of trig (identities)
     
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  7. Krazie Registered Senior Member

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    That makes me feel alot better. I knew that trig is not as deep as calculus, but I didn't really know how much too it there is.
    So do you guys think that these math classes will be rigorous enough for a physics degree. I mean since I am taking them at a community college. I am going to take up to calculus 3 at this community college, then transfer to a university.
     
  8. Redrover Registered Senior Member

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    I might be wrong, but trigonometry is much easier and simpler than calculus or even algebra. Frankly, it's nothing more than six to ten formulas you learn by heart. The rest is just pure algebra.
     

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