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Mathematics 090

Basic Mathematics

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours

Number of Credits: not for credit

Audience: students with deficiency in Mathematics

Description of Course

This is a developmental course in Mathematics intended for weaker students who wish to upgrade their Mathematics skills in order to take a first year University Pre-Calculus Course. Students learn to comprehend and apply intermediate algebra and arithmetic skills. The course is adapted to individual learning differences by working closely with each student.

Course Outline

  • Numerical Arithmetic Operations
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in the set of integers, order of operations, factors and multiples, prime numbers, divisibility tests,Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic, least common multiple, greatest common divisor
  • Rational numbers
  • Operations with rational numbers, expressing a fraction in lowest terms
  • Roots and exponents
  • Integer exponents and operations on integer exponents, fractional exponents, roots.
  • Symbolic arithmetic operations
  • Polynomials: degree of a polynomial, addition, subtraction, multiplication, factorization of polynomials
  • Rational expressions
  • Reducing rational expressions, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, compound fractions
  • Linear equations and lines
  • Rectangular coordinates , plotting points, linear equations, graphing a line
  • Quadratic equations
  • Methods of solving quadratic equations


Two one-hour tests 30%
Homework and participation 30%
Final Exam 40%


Martin-Gay E. Developmental Mathematics, 2nd ed.


Hayri Ardal, B.Sc.(Bogazici), Ph.D.(Simon Fraser)
Kim Peu Chew, B.Sc. (Nanjing), M.A., Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Ana Culibrk, B.Sc.,M.Sc. (Belgrade),M.Sc.(British Columbia)
Sam Ekambaram, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Madras), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Peter Hurthig, B.Sc., M.Sc. (British Columbia)
Arman Ahmadieh B.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology), M.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology)
Rika Dong, B.Sc. (Simon Fraser), M.Sc. (Regina)
Himadri Ganguli, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Chennai), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)