MATH 1001
Pre-Calculus Mathematics

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.


Completion of Principles of Math 12, Pre-calculus 12, or MATH 0633 or equivalent course is strongly recommended. It is also strongly recommend that students complete a Mathematics Assessment.


Only one of MATH 1001 and MATH 103 may be taken for credit. However, please note that MATH 1001 cannot be used for credit in Science programs. Students with credit for MATH 1157, MATH1171, MATH1141, or equivalent, may not take this course for further credit.


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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

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

Students registering for this course will have to source the following optional textbook 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. ISBN-13: 978-1-111-57350-8 or ISBN: 978-1-30588-2447

Additional Requirements

Good-quality scientific calculator is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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.


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%

* Mandatory