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What is pre-calculus?
Pre-calculus is a stepping stone for calculus. It is a conglomeration of topics that are necessary to help you think about calculus. It may seem like this class is filled with topics you'll never want to know, and things you may never use in calculus, but it is actually a series of topics that make calculus much easier. It develops your toolbox to be able to handle real-world problems.
What is the point of calculus?
Calculus is a truly fundamental area of mathematics. It is the backbone of subjects like engineering, statistics, and computer science. It allows us to deal with problems where we need to find minimums and maximums, deal with ideas like infinity, and work with the world in more than 2-dimensions.
Is it true that the numbers never lie?
Strictly speaking, no, of course not. However, if we could collect data perfectly, then the answer trends toward yes. We have the ability to account for and deal with so many imperfections in data to get it to tell us something close to the truth. However, when the data is so imperfect, it makes it harder for us to get toward the truth. Statistics is something so beautiful, made difficult and ugly by the stuff we try to input.
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