Is Geometry harder than Algebra/Trig?Is Geometry harder than Algebra/Trig?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I agree that it really depends on the person.  I have heard many people say that you either have an algebra mind or a geometry mind.  Meaning that one comes naturally and the other is a struggle.  That isn't always the case.  While I don't really like math, neither geometry nor algebra was particularly challenging for me.  Trigonometry is challenging simply because it requires a higher order level of thinking.  It is also advance mathematics.  Math builds on itself.  Any concepts that you haven't learned or don't understand will start to become more and more troublesome as you progress through mathematics. 

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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My experience was that Geometry involved a lot more logic and what to me was common sense. I found it easier because it seemed logical. Also how good you are at basic computation makes the biggest difference in all math classes. It doesn't matter how well you understand the idea or theory if you can't add subtract multiply and divide well, quickly and easily. However as a person whose computation is awful, that is also one of the reasons I found geometry easier.

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rcmath | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Geometry is a little different from Algebra. I will say Algebra 1 can be used sometimes as a tool in geometry. 

To do well in geometry, you need to keep up with the theorems and definitions, and learn to show every step of your work.

Algebra 2/trig is a bit harder. But it is not that bad, as long as you keep up with your work DAILY. 


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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I found geometry easier than any of the other math courses in high school. I too was not very good at math, but geometry somehow clicked with me. Trig, not so much, and I struggled with calculus. I find myself now wishing I had taken math classes more seriously, since I actually find math to be pretty interesting. Suffice it to say I didn't see it that way when I was younger.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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If I were to rank them out in terms of difficulty it would be Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, then Trigonometry.  Again, that was my own experiences, and each person's own skill set will determine whether or not they excel or struggle with a particular subject.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Depends on what you're good at, right?  For me it wasn't.  For me, Geometry and Algebra I were pretty easy.  Then Alg II started getting hard and I was really bad at Trig.  It was partly the teachers, I think, but partly I just found that Geometry made more intuitive sense than Trig.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I have to agree with the above post. As an English major, I was never good at higher math, even in high school. I did manage to make it past Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry (barely), but luckily I didn't ever take trig. Don't know if I would have survived it.

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I think it depends on what you are good at and which on you like doing . For me Algebra was easier than Geometry because in geometry you had to deal with a lot of shapes and measurements but in Algebra you just had to solve equations with variables in it.

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jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I'm better at algebra because there's usually a correct answer . In geometry there could be multiple ways like in proofs . 

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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It depends on your preference. I am a big math nerd, and I am more on the solving side. I love adding numbers and such so algebra and trig are much easier for me than geometry. I struggled a bit more trying to understand geometry.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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If you are a visual learner and a bit of an artist; geometry will be easier than alg and trig. But if you are more logic oriented, trig and alg will be much easier. From personal experience, I enjoyed alg and trig much more than geometry. Geometry has some formal proofs; which I enjoyed but the constructions are killer!

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angel-girl | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Geometry is easier! It more or less requires you to be analytical. It's like solving a step by step puzzle piece.

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Shruthi Keerthi | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Honors

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From my point of view, Algebra is the easiest . You just need to understand it. Then Geometry,you need accuracy,then Trignomentry, I'm totally confused with that....

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cnftbobo | eNotes Newbie

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When I was studying in University,I felt that Algebra was more useful and eadier to understand.For Geometry,you must be very careful.
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overworked | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I would have have to say that trig was a lot more complicated than geometry. But they are both super easy if you study. Its important that you know your algebra thoroughly.

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yodanotyolo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Is Geometry harder than Algebra/Trig?

Is Geometry harder than Algebra/Trig?

In my opinion, i find that Geometry is easiest, then Trig, then Algebra xD


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just-s | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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well i'm not a very big fan of maths.....but for me trig is a bit better:-)