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From: Tanis

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001032813:01:02
Subject: Geometry or Trig first?

This is very simple. You cannot put the cart before the horse and expect success. Geometry introduces the groundwork on triangles that is the entire foundation of trigonometry. It would be ridiculous to even attempt trig without geometry first, except for exceptional math students. Students need to know all types of triangles; but especially isosceles and rights triangles in order to have success with trigonometry.

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