I've heard of folks doing algebra 1& 2 one after the other. My oldest son was public schooled and was in a special university program, and they did algebra 1 & 2 right in a row (in the same year). Then there is some natural carry-over from geometry towards calculus, so it can be okay to do it that way.sbbrown425 wrote:Hey, does it matter if you take Algebra 2 after Algebra 1? Or should we follow most course sequences and take Geometry after Algebra 1?
What about for college entrance exams, eg PSAT and/or SAT/ACT?
Thanks for posts.
I think the reasoning for spacing them out includes:
(1) Geometry is big on the college tests. It isn't really high school geometry, in that there are no proofs on there, but there are plenty of angles and such. So keeping geometry skills current and strong could help with college admissions.
(2) I've never heard anyone say this, but my own opinion is that doing the proofs in between algebra 1 & 2 means kids stop and see the logic and reason behind what they are learning in math, especially Geometry of course but also math in general -- all of the theorums they will work with have a foundation behind them, they aren't just random things to memorize, made up by mean math teachers LOL. I'm not sure kids always notice this, but hopefully they have naturally absorbed some of it along the way.
(3) Going back over algebra again just before you move into higher maths can be helpful, since the basic ideas in algebra equations are the foundation of most higher math equations. And the year gap between isn't usually a worry as far as forgetting, because Algebra 2 goes over most of Algebra 1 at a deeper level (plus adds a few topics).
P.S. You can see the distribution of math questions on the ACT test on their website.
Breakdown of math questions: http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/desc ... ntent.html
Number of questions in math is 60 total, so for example if there are 7% trig questions, that means about 4 total questions will be on trig: http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/desc ... cript.html