MATH 1001: Pre-Calculus Mathematics

This course provides the mathematical foundation for an introductory calculus course. In addition to a brief review of basic algebra, students are instructed in equations and inequalities; functions, models, and graphs; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions; and trigonometric identities and equations.


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Solve elementary algebra and geometry problems.
  • Solve elementary linear inequalities problems.
  • Define functions and draw their graphs
  • Solve elementary inverse function problems.
  • Solve polynomial, and rational functions
  • Solve exponential and logarithmic problems
  • Graph sinusoidal functions.
  • Solve problems involving trigonometric identities and trigonometric equations.
  • Formulate mathematical models using the various functions described in the course.

Course outline

  • Topics from Algebra
  • Functions and Graphs
  • Polynomial and Rational Functions
  • Inverse, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • The Trigonometric Functions
  • Analytic Trigonometry

Required text and materials

Students will receive all course materials including the textbook in their course package.

Swokowski, E. W., & Cole, J. A. (2012). Precalculus: Functions and graphs (12th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
Type: Textbook: ISBN-13: 978-0-8400-6857-6 or ISBN: 978-1-30566-3091

Optional: Students may wish to source the following text on their own.

Swokowski, E. W., & Cole, J. A. (2012). Student Solutions Manual: Precalculus: Functions and graphs (12th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
Type: Textbook: ISBN-13: 978-1-111-57350-8 or ISBN: 978-1-30588-2447

Additional requirements

Good-quality (non-programmable) scientific calculator is required.


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.

The final mark in this course will depend on six assignments and an invigilated 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 mandatory final exam.

Assignment 1 6%
Assignment 2 7%
Assignment 3 6%
Assignment 4 8%
Assignment 5 6%
Assignment 6 7%
Final Examination* 60%
Total 100%


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 when at the start of the course.

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