Which math would you take?

  1. I have already taken College Algebra and Statistics. I got an A in both. My College Algebra didn't transfer, so I will need to take another Math. The requirement at my school is MA103 or higher. Here they are:
    Foundation of Mathematics, Statistics (I've already taken), Precalc, Applied Calc (Not Calc 1, this is an accelerated course)

    All of the other maths need other prereqs that I don't have. So here is my question, should I take foundation of Mathematics? It is basically college algebra again. Or should I try and take Precalc. I have never taken a calc course in my life. My goal is to go to graduate school after I get my BSN. Do you think taking a precalc course would help me or do you think it doesn't matter?
    •  
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   nurse2btracy
    If I were you I would take the PreCalc. By your grades you do very well in math and I would like to try something different.

    I on the other hand have a huge mental block when it comes to math. I took College Algebra 2X and got a C+ both times. I have registered for a non-credit course in Introduction Algebra to brush up on the basics which I feel that I never really understood. After the Intro class I will re-try the College Algebra to see if I can get a better grade.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Krither
    I took College Algebra which was easy for me since it was just like the Pre-Cal that I took in High school my senior year.

    I would agree to take Pre-Cal as it may be different from College Algebra.
  5. by   ~*HopefulNICUnurse*~
    I just took college algebra because it didnt matter whether you took college algebra or pre-cal it just mattered what grade you ended up with. So I took college algebra b/c it was an easy class and is a good gpa booster
  6. by   justme1972
    I would take the foundation of Mathematics course...make it easy on yourself.

    Statistics is the key course that you need, and you have already taken that. A huge number of the MSN courses that I have looked at, and even alot of the BSN courses, require statistics, but I haven't seen any advanced math that was reqiured other than that.

    I think it's because you get a ton of math in the Chemistry as well as the stats.
  7. by   MB37
    I am an admitted math geek. Took Calc I my freshman year of high school. How well do you actually like math? I love knowing that there is a right answer, and that I can find it. I didn't care for geometry (too many proofs) or stats. Calculus folllows directly from algebra - it's the same type of math. If you had no problem with algebra, you shouldn't be intimidated by calculus. Also, depending on what type of grad school you want to go to, you may need to take physics. I know that CRNA schools generally require it. Calculus makes physics a million times easier, so if you think you might be going in that direction, why not challenge yourself? However, if you just need an A, take the Foundation class and try not to be too bored to do the homework.
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    Take precalculus. I don't have enough math to take it but friends who are smarter than I love it because it's different than anything that's preceded it, and it's a favulous puzzle. Plus, if you ever decide to further your education it will be a big plus to have.
  9. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Pumpkin1621
    I have already taken College Algebra and Statistics. I got an A in both. My College Algebra didn't transfer, so I will need to take another Math. The requirement at my school is MA103 or higher. Here they are:
    Foundation of Mathematics, Statistics (I've already taken), Precalc, Applied Calc (Not Calc 1, this is an accelerated course)

    All of the other maths need other prereqs that I don't have. So here is my question, should I take foundation of Mathematics? It is basically college algebra again. Or should I try and take Precalc. I have never taken a calc course in my life. My goal is to go to graduate school after I get my BSN. Do you think taking a precalc course would help me or do you think it doesn't matter?
    I would probably go with the foundation of mathematics or the precalc if you are going to grad school. Those two will probably help you the most on the GRE.
  10. by   WDWpixieRN
    Make sure your statistics class will be transferable one day to wherever you might go for advanced nursing degrees. That will be one you'll need later on down the line for those degrees and if you can do it now, you might as well.

    Otherwise, I really don't have an opinion. Most nursing math is below the level of college algebra, so you're already way ahead of the game.
    Best wishes!!
  11. by   morte
    see if you can have a "chat" with the instructor (math, not nursing) and get their view....good luck
  12. by   3rdgenRN2B
    I would take the highest level math you feel comfortable with. If you school is like mine they take into consideration the quality/level of courses you have taken.

close