This advanced-level algebra course is equivalent to Grade 11 algebra [Pre-calculus]. The course
offers an optional review component for students who have not studied algebra for some time.
Topics include equations, graphs, polynomials, rational equations, radical equations, and
Please note, reference to Grade 11 algebra refers to Pre-calculus 11 in the BC Curriculum.
- Unit 1: Solving Equations; Formulas and Applications; Applications and Problem
Solving; Sets, Inequalities, and Interval Notation; Intersections, Unions, and Compound
Inequalities; Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities.
- Unit 2: Graphs and Equations; Functions and Graphs; Finding Domain and Range; Linear
Functions: Graphs and Slope; More on Graphing Linear Equations; Finding Equations of Lines;
- Unit 3: Systems of Equations in Two Variables; Solving by Substitution; Solving by
Elimination; Solving Applied Problems: Two Equations; Systems of Equations in Three Variables;
Solving Applied Problems: Three Equations; Systems of Inequalities in Two Variables; Business
and Economics Applications
- Unit 4: Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions; Multiplication of
Polynomials; Introduction to Factoring; Factoring Trinomials; Special Factoring; Factoring: A
General Strategy; Applications of Polynomial Equations and Functions.
- Unit 5: Rational Expressions and Functions: Multiplying, Dividing, and Simplifying;
LCMs, LCDs, Addition, and Subtraction; Division of Polynomials; Complex Rational Expressions;
Solving Rational Equations; Applications and Proportions; Formulas and Applications; Variation
- Unit 6: Radical Expressions and Functions; Rational Numbers as Exponents; Simplifying
Radical Expressions; Addition, Subtraction, and More Multiplication; More on Division of Radical
Expressions; Solving Radical Equations; Applications Involving Powers and Roots; The Complex
- Unit 7: The Basics of Solving Quadratic Equations; The Quadratic Formula; Applications
Involving Quadratic Equations; More on Quadratic Equations; Graphing; Mathematical Modeling with
Quadratic Functions; Polynomial and Rational Inequalities.
- Unit 8: Introduction to trigonometry: trigonometric ratios; solving right triangles,
applications and problem-solving; the law of sines and the law of cosines; solving oblique
triangles, applications and problem-solving.
Required text and materials
Students will receive all course materials including the textbooks in their course package
- Bittinger, M. L., Beecher, J. A., & Johnson, B. L. (2019). Intermediate algebra
(13th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.
ISBN-10: 0-13-470736-2, ISBN-13:
- Bittinger, M. L., Beecher, J. A., & Johnson, B. L. (2019). Student’s solutions manual:
Intermediate algebra (13th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.
- Rudolph, G. B. (2015). Introductory trigonometry: A triangular approach with
applications. Kamloops, BC: Thompson Rivers University. (Original work published
A scientific calculator is provided in your course package.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
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 exam.
|Assignment 1: Solving Linear Equations and Inequities
|Assignment 2: Graphs, Functions, and Applications
|Assignment 3: Systems of Equations
|Assignment 4: Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
|Assignment 5: Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions
|Assignment 6: Radical Expressions, Equations, and Functions
|Assignment 7: Quadratic Equations and Functions
|Assignment 8: Basic Principles of Triangular Trigonometry
|Final Examination *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.