I want nothing more than to take calculus

I think calculus is the coolest thing ever. My math teacher gave me a calculus book for the summer and I've been reading it quite a bit, but he says I cannot take calculus next year because I do not have enough knowledge to be able to do it.

Personally, i think that is a load of horse $$$$. But I wanted to know what you guys (people that have or are actually taking calculus, not losers who think they know what calculus takes when they don't know what a radian is) think it really takes for pre requisites to calculus.

My math teacher said having a solid understanding of trig identities is key, which is believable, but he didn't say what else I would have to get into, and honestly I'm good at trig and math in general. PooP

EDIT: yes, I'm a geek, well established

Re: I want nothing more than to take calculus

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*Originally posted by Silvercord *

**I think calculus is the coolest thing ever. My math teacher gave me a calculus book for the summer and I've been reading it quite a bit, but he says I cannot take calculus next year because I do not have enough knowledge to be able to do it.**

Personally, i think that is a load of horse $$$$. But I wanted to know what you guys (people that have or are actually taking calculus, not losers who think they know what calculus takes when they don't know what a radian is) think it really takes for pre requisites to calculus.

My math teacher said having a solid understanding of trig identities is key, which is believable, but he didn't say what else I would have to get into, and honestly I'm good at trig and math in general. PooP

EDIT: yes, I'm a geek, well established

If you truly have the enthusiasm for this area of mathematics as portrayed in your post, I think your teacher has an obligation to mathematics to fulfill your request. It's not every day that teachers find a student who is really enthusiastic about calculus (or any area of mathematics), and surely it is his duty to embrace this enthusiasm?

As long as you have enthusiasm and a good grip of the basic pre-calculus areas such as trigonometry and algebra etc. you should be fine.

You should maybe try discussing what you're learning independently with him (i.e. ask questions etc.) so he can clearly see your enthusiasm and maybe it will change his mind.

Regards and good luck,

Re: Re: I want nothing more than to take calculus

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*Originally posted by rahaydenuk *

**If you truly have the enthusiasm for this area of mathematics as portrayed in your post, I think your teacher has an obligation to mathematics to fulfill your request. It's not every day that teachers find a student who is really enthusiastic about calculus (or any area of mathematics), and surely it is his duty to embrace this enthusiasm?**

As long as you have enthusiasm and a good grip of the basic pre-calculus areas such as trigonometry and algebra etc. you should be fine.

You should maybe try discussing what you're learning independently with him (i.e. ask questions etc.) so he can clearly see your enthusiasm and maybe it will change his mind.

Regards and good luck,

agreed. A strong trig and algebra background will help a lot. I found physics to be helpful with some topics.