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MATH 0401: Intermediate Mathematics

Note: Students who complete MATH 0401 will meet the ABE Intermediate Level (Grade 10) learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the 2021/22 BC Provincial Government’s publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia’s Public Post-Secondary Institutions – An Articulation Handbook at Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia's Public Post-Secondary Institutions - An Articulation Handbook. (

Please note, reference to Grade 10 Algebra refers to Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10 in the BC Curriculum.

This ABE intermediate-level math course is equivalent to Grade 10 Algebra. Upon completion of this course, students are well-prepared for the ABE advanced-level course, MATH 0523: Advanced Mathematics, or Algebra 11. This course is also good preparation for studies in a variety of technical, business and scientific fields requiring an understanding of intermediate-level mathematics.

Learning outcomes

  • Solve problems in arithmetic involving whole numbers, decimals, and fractions by estimating answers and by using a scientific calculator.
  • Read, take, estimate, and convert measurements in common metric and Imperial units, using tables, a calculator, and common measuring tools.
  • Find the perimeter, area, surface area, and volume of geometric figures by measuring and by using formulas.
  • Solve problems in arithmetic by using ratio and proportion.
  • Convert between decimals, fractions, and percents and solve problems using percent.
  • Identify, draw, measure, and classify common geometric figures.
  • Draw and construct geometric figures using a compass and straight edge.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of statistics by tabulating and graphing data; interpreting graphs; calculating mean, median, mode, and range; and finding meaning in numerical facts or data.
  • Evaluate algebraic expressions using signed rational numbers, absolute value, and the order of operations.
  • Solve algebraic equations, formulas, and word problems.
  • Perform operations using polynomials.
  • Solve equations using powers, roots, and scientific notation, and with the use of a scientific calculator.
  • Graph linear equations by using the Cartesian coordinate system, and use the graphs to solve mathematical problems.
  • Solve for missing parts of a triangle and right triangle problems by using the Pythagorean Theorem and trigonometry ratios.

Course topics

MATH 0401 includes the following 14 modules:

  1. Arithmetic and Estimation
  2. Measurement
  3. Perimeter, Area, and Volume
  4. Ratio and Proportion
  5. Percent
  6. Geometry: Introduction
  7. Geometry: Construction
  8. Statistics
  9. Signed (Rational) Numbers
  10. Algebra: Equations
  11. Algebra: Polynomials
  12. Powers, Roots, and Scientific Notation
  13. Graphing
  14. Trigonometry

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course .

Additional requirements

Scientific calculator is required.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Assignment 6 10%
Assignment 7 10%
Final Examination (mandatory) 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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