In what order do most students learn math? Well, the answer might be more complicated than you think. In high school and lower-division college math, most people take courses in the same order:

Pre-Algebra

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra II and Trigonometry

Precalculus

Calculus I

Calculus II

But here’s where stuff gets interesting, after Calculus II, math branches out. Students can generally choose one of many “tracks” and take courses in no specific order.

- You may want to take Multivariable Calculus (the calculus of functions of more than one variable), then Differential Equations (equations involving derivatives)
- You may want to take Linear Algebra (the study of matrices, vectors, and their applications)
- You may want to take Discrete Mathematics (the study of discrete structures, with many applications in CS)
- You may want to take Calculus-based Statistics

Which one should you pursue? It all depends on *your *interests and what appeals to you. Math isn’t just a series of steps to blindly solve a problem, and this becomes evident in higher-level math, when there is much more thinking, and much less computation.

Cheers!

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