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Hey guys I right now have college algebra under my belt, but need to take either Trig or Pre-Calc to take Calc 1.

Having shoddy algebra skills ( took it 2 years ago) which class would better prepare me?

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orthomyxo

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I would say pre-calc. Depending on your school/professor there might not be much trig in calc 1 anyway.
 

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I agree with the above two...it's probably most important that you get a decent algebra foundation. It's my understanding that pre-calc covers the necessary trig concepts anyway, right?

When I started calc with a less-than-ideal background, it was algebra that I had to spend a week or two retraining myself in. There was some trig I had to relearn along the way, but I would have been lost had I not beefed up my algebra.