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Topic: Understanding Calculus and Higher Mathematics without Geometry?
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John B. Tant

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Registered: 1/11/09
Re: Understanding Calculus and Higher Mathematics without Geometry?
Posted: Jan 11, 2009 3:37 AM
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Sorry about getting into this a little late, but I'm going to bloviate anyway!

Geometry, as (should be) taught in HS (HSG), is a course about deductive reasoning. It merely USES lines, circles, polygons etc as teaching tools. That said ...

Your typical Calculus course doesn't use a lot of the specific factoids from HSG. However, the ability to work a problem backwards (like I do when I'm trying to plan for a vacation or solve a puzzle) is invaluable to the student of any of the post-Trig math courses.

Trig, however, is one of those MUST have pre-requisites for Calc. If you don't know it cold going into Calc, you will by the time you finish it. You don't need it for "calculus" but you can't work the problems without knowing it.



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