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Mathematics 100


Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours

Number of Credits: 3 credits

Prerequisites: BC Precalculus 11 or equivalent with a C or Math Placement Test or Math 090 with a grade of B

Course Description

This course is designed for students, including those who may have completed BC High School Mathematics 12 or equivalent, who need to improve their background in mathematics before attempting a calculus course. Math 100 is an introductory college mathematics course designed to provide a strong background in algebra, trigonometry and analytical geometry as preparation for a calculus course.


Precalculus: A Prelude to Calculus. S. Axler. John-Wiley Publishing. Latest ed.

Course Outline

Length Description
Week 1 The Real Numbers (The Real Line, Algebra of the Real Numbers, Inequalities, Intervals, Absolute Value)

Week 2

Functions and Their Graphs (Functions, The Coordinate Plane and Graphs, Function Transformations and Graphs)

Week 3 Functions and Their Graphs (Composition of Functions, Inverse Functions, Graphical Approach to Inverse Functions)

Week 4

Lines and Linear Functions, Quadratic Functions and Conics

Week 5

Exponents, Polynomials 
Week 6 Rational Functions, Logarithms as Inverses of Exponential Functions, Applications of the Power Rule for Logarithms
Week 7 Applications of the Product and Quotient Rules for Logarithms, Exponential Growth
Week 8 Number e and the Natural Logarithm, Approximations and area with e and ln
Week 9 Trigonometric Functions (The Unit Circle, Radians, Cosine and Sine)
Week 10 Trigonometric Functions (Cosine and Sine, Trigonometry in Right Triangles, Trigonometric Identities)
Week 11 Trigonometric Algebra and Geometry (Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Inverse Trigonometric Identities, Using Trigonometry to Compute Area)
Week 12 Trigonometric Algebra and Geometry (The Law of Sines, The Law of Cosines, Double-Angle and Half-Angle Formulas, Addition and Subtraction Formulas)
Week 13 Review
Week 14 Final Exam


Quizzes and Homework


Midterm Exams 30-40%
Final Exam 50%


Arman Ahmadieh B.Sc., M.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology)
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)
Rika Dong, B.Sc. (Simon Fraser), M.Sc. (Regina)
Sam Ekambaram, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Madras), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Himadri Ganguli, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Chennai), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Peter Hurthig, B.Sc., M.Sc. (British Columbia)


Please refer to BC Transfer Guide