 Precalculus

In American mathematics education, precalculus (or Algebra 3 in some areas), an advanced form of secondary school algebra, is a foundational mathematical discipline. It is also called Introduction to Analysis. In many schools, precalculus is actually two separate courses: Algebra and Trigonometry. Precalculus prepares students for calculus the same way as prealgebra prepares students for Algebra I. While prealgebra teaches students many different fundamental algebra topics, precalculus does not involve calculus, but explores topics that will be applied in calculus. Some precalculus courses might differ with others in terms of content. For example, an honors level course might spend more time on topics such as conic sections, vectors, and other topics needed for calculus. A lower level class might focus on topics used in a wider selection of higher mathematical areas, such as matrices, which are used in business.
In detail, precalculus deals with:
 Sets
 Real numbers
 Complex numbers
 Solving inequalities and equations
 Properties of functions
 Composite functions
 Polynomial functions
 Rational functions
 Trigonometry
 Trigonometric functions and their inverses
 Trigonometric identities
 Conic sections
 Exponential functions
 Logarithmic functions
 Sequences and series
 Binomial theorem
 Vectors
 Parametric equations
 Polar coordinates
 Matrices
 Mathematical induction
 Limits
External links
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