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There are two firstsemester calculus courses offered at
the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Both require a
placement test. 

Math 173 (5 credits) 
Math 271 (3 credits) 
This is the first semester in a three semester calculus
sequence (173, 174 and 277) for engineering, mathematics, computer
science and science majors. You should have taken MTH 166 and passed
with a grade of C or better at NOVA, or a comparable precalculus
course elsewhere. If this is your first college level math course, you should
have taken 4 years of high school math, including Algebra I and II, Geometry,
Trigonometry, and a course on functions. MTH 163 does not satisfy this
requirement since Trigonometry is not a topic in MTH 163 and is a requirement
for MTH 173. 
MTH 271 is a onesemester introduction to topics in
calculus, emphasizing applications, and primarily oriented for students who
are business or social science majors. Concepts are
developed more intuitively and less formally than in MTH 173. The
prerequisite is a course that may have a title such as college algebra, precalculus or functions. At NOVA, the preparatory course
could be MTH 163 or MTH 166. 



