Not having precalc

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  1. riverside1

    riverside1 New Member

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    I'm currently a candidate for the class of 2021, and am entering senior year soon. In order to fill a prerequisite to take AP Calc, I took a summer precalculus class through my HS. Unfortunately, it won't appear on my transcript, as it was just to fulfill a class prereq. If I do well in AP Calc BC next year, would there be any problems with an absence of precalc on my transcript?
     
  2. Wishful

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    I can't answer to that, but i can tell you that having a good precalc & esp. a great Calc teacher cannot be overstated. My DD had the worst precalc but the best Calc teacher & it made all the difference. I mentioned in a prior thread that she had her whole senior year schedule structured around the best calc teacher's schedule. I recommend that to all. Find out from your guidance counselor or however you can & get into that teachers class. Calculus is unlike anything else. (I know I am not telling you anything you don't already know, but I really believe this the way to go.) Good Luck!
     
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    Just make sure you have a solid understanding of what you can or can't do algebraically. You need to know algebra. Calculus is just bells and whistles, and if you have a solid foundation it isn't difficult. I knew a kid (who was) in my class that learned the calculus, but the teacher ultimately failed him (resulting in disenrollment) because he didn't know algebra.
     
  4. Badge250

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    I'm not sure how not having pre-calc on your HS transcript would hurt you. If you have AP Calc (with a good grade) on your transcript, it would be understood that your high school allowed you into that AP class because you met all the prerequisites. If it comes up as an issue at an interview, you can disclose there. I'm just not sure how that would help/hurt you since your school doesn't even count it in your transcript/GPA. I would think USAFA would be more interested in your AP Calc grade. So work hard and get a good grade, but more importantly, get a solid understanding of Calc and Algebra.
    I agree with the other posters That you need a good foundation if you end up at a SA. Our DS was very blessed to have a great AP Calc teacher his senior year. This helped him greatly his 4* year at USAFA.
     

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