if you are confused between algebra 2 and algebra 3. In this post will get rid of this confusion and discover what is algebra 2 and is algebra 3.

We will also mention the main differences between these both topics and students’ study in algebra 2 and algebra 3.

so if you are interested keep reading to know all details about this subject.

**The diffenece beteen algebra 2 and algbebra 3**

**there is no big difference between algebra 2 and algebra 3 or even precalculus all these programs are almost the same, their principal goal is to prepare students at the grade of 11th or 12th in high school to study more advanced college topics like calculus and linear algebra.**

in some schools, you will be studying algebra 2 in the 11th grade and then taking precalculus afterward in the 12th.

While some students take directly precalculus alone in high school which comprises algebra 2 courses but we will not recommend doing that.

While some schools like Clayton high school offer algebra 2 programs than algebra 3 before.

but when we look at the context or curriculum of algebra 2 and algebra 3, we find them similar, they just have split algebra 2 courses into two parts algebra 2 and algebra 3 except for some differences that we will mention later in our article.

The famous program that students follow and school are:

- students take algebra 1 in the 7th or 8th grade
- then geometry course afterwords in the 9th or 10th
- then algebra 2 courses in 11th grade
- Finally precalculus in the 12th grade last year of high school

But in some high school programs like the example of the high school we mentioned, students can take Algebra 3 after Algebra 2 which is an extension of algebra 2 programs.

In the next paragraph, we’re going to discover in detail what are the minuscule differences between algebra 2 and algebra 3 for high schools that have algebra 2 and algebra 3 programs.

we’re going to list the subjects students study in algebra 2 and in algebra 3 and notice what is the difference between each topic.

**what students study in algebra 2**

here is the list of what students study in algebra 2

- linear equations and inequalities
- polynomials
- factoring
- rational expressions,
- trigonometric identities
- and functions
- exponential
- logarithmic
- trigonometric
- inverse trigonometric.

**what students study in algebra 3**

here is the list of what students study in algebra 3:

- expressions
- equations and inequalities
- functions,
- equations and graphs
- linear systems
- quadratic functions and equations,
- polynomials and polynomial functions,
- radical functions
- and rational exponents,
- exponential and logarithmic functions,
- direct and inverse variation
- reciprocal function families
- introduction to sequences and series
- matrices
- law of sines and cosines
- and right triangle trigonometry.

So as we can see algebra 3 is just an expansion of student study in algebra 2. In addtion to some pre-calculus subjects like matrices and trigonometry. So there is no reason to be confused between algebra 2 and algebra 3 because they almost cover the same programs there are some slight and unnoticeable differences between shools

**which is harder than algebra 2 or algebra 3**

**For students who have in their high school curriculum algebra 2 and algebra 3, algebra 3 remains more difficult than Algebra 2 but there is not a big difference in complexity. The most interesting thing is, to study algebra 3 you must take algebra 2 before, so you can build your knowledge upon studying algebra 3.**

In other words, you can study some topics like functions and trigonometry if don’t have a previous background in algebra 2.

typically students study algebra 2 and algebra 3 in the same program, which is algebra 2. Most schools don’t teach algebra 3, but if you find an algebra 3 course in your curriculum class you have to understand that is just an expansion of algebra 2 they consider it as algebra 3.

Algebra 2 or even algebra 3 will be harder if you didn’t grasp the necessary knowledge in algebra 1 at the 7 or 8th grade, also take a geometry course which is very useful for trigonometry that students study in algebra 2, and continue in algebra 3.

So you will be finding algebra 2 and algebra 3 easier if did a good job studying well algebra 1 and geometry courses.

if you find algebra 2 or 3 hard, it probably means that you miss up on your algebra 1 course. So you can read this related article to help you to go back and teach yourself algebra 1 to rebuild your foundations in algebra.

**should you take algebra 2 before algebra 3?**

**you can’t take Algebra 2 before algebra 3, it is necessary to take algebra 2 as the first step to grasp the necessary information and topics to allow you to study algebra 3. This means you have to take algebra 2 courses to study some principal subjects like functions, trigonometric and equations then take algebra 3 courses later where you find the same topics but you will study them more thoroughly and in detail which means more advanced way.**

In most cases, high schools don’t have algebra 3 courses, they have one singular course which is algebra 2, and precalculus courses students take in their last year of school.

You could go back to the first paragraph where we explained the details difference between algebra 2 and algebra 3.

## conclusion

algebra 2 and algebra 3 remain the same programs that high school students take, so there is no reason to worry about that. Because there are just labels classified to each high school, and sometimes seems to have the goal of marketing nothing else.