All I am really looking for is diffculty level and areas or topics covered
in College Algebra.
Of course you understand that the answer will be different among
different textbooks and different schools. If you have a specific
school in mind, you really need to ask there.
With that caveat, here's _one_ answer. College Algebra, despite its
name, is very often a high-school course. It may cover topics beyond
second-year algebra. Some examples:
- partial fractions
- matrices and determinants
- theory of equations
Sometimes there is some overlap between the content of courses
called "college algebra" and those called "precalculus".
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"Elliot Villiger" <ev...@home.com> wrote in message
>Is College Algebra and Algebra II the same thing or are they different? If
>they are different, what is the difference?
The big difference is the pace. The college course proceeds at a
_much_ more rapid pace. Those who would struggle with the course at HS
level will find the college pace impossible.
The content will vary depending on the specific schools. But HS
students sometimes do take the college courses for HS credit. Check
with the specific school, or even specific instructor, for details.
You and Judy both seem to imply that College Algebra is a course
taught in college.
For what it's worth, in my experience the course is taught in high
school. Quite by coincidence, the question came up at the community
college where I tutor, and the lead tutor said that"college algebra"
was a misnomer because it is a high-school course.
I'm not saying you and Judy are wrong, just that the term means
different things depending on whom you ask.
Odd... many of the problems in my college algebra text are nearly the
same to those in first year calc---in fact, I use a pre-calc and calc
book as references! My groups class presentation will be on the 'box
construction' problem; a historical and theoretical perspective.
Now... I'd really be interested in comparing college algebra of my
father's generation (mid '70's) to mine; no comparison to what I'm
learning---I'm definitely ahead of the college algebra of his time.
To me what this means is that in your father's era, 'college algebra' wasn't
even offered because everyone already knew it. If you have to take it in
college, you're way _behind_ the 'college algebra' of that era.
I'm always astounded when I hear of 'college algebra.' To me, this implies
the sort of math class for a grad student or an upper division math major
undergrad--abstract algebra--rings, groups, Galois theory, etc.. To call
the factoring of x^3 - 3x + 2 (or the box construction problem) 'college
algebra' is almost embarrassing.