Mathematics (MATH) 265

Introduction to Calculus I (Revision 15)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: Math 30 or an equivalent pre-calculus math course is strongly recommended. Students should have a deep understanding of basic algebra and trigonometry.

Precluded Course: MATH 212 (MATH 265 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for MATH 212.)

Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment. This online test contains 70 questions that will help you assess your mathematical skills. Based on your score we will recommend which Athabasca University mathematics course you are likely ready to take successfully.

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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MATH 265 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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MATH 265 is an introductory calculus course covering real numbers, functions, continuity and limits, derivatives, curve sketching, optimization areas between curves, applications of the derivative, anti-derivatives, integrals, and areas.


  • Unit 1: Brief Review of Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus
  • Unit 2: Functions
  • Unit 3: Limits
  • Unit 4: Differentiation
  • Unit 5: Applications of the Derivative
  • Unit 6: Integration
  • Unit 7: Applications of the Definite Integral


To receive credit for the course, you must submit all the course assignments and complete them to the satisfaction of your tutor. You must also achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on each examination, and a course composite grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Midterm Exam Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Final Exam Total
5% 10% 25% 10% 10% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes electronic textbooks. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to the eText Initiative site.

Stewart, James. Readings from Stewart: Single Variable Calculus, Fifth Edition: Custom Edition for MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus, Athabasca University. Scarborough, ON: Thomson Nelson, 2006.

MATH 265: Student Solution Manual to Accompany Introduction to Calculus. Scarborough, ON: Thomson Nelson, 2006.

A print version of the eTexts can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbooks on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the MATH 265 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a minimum grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on both parts. The two parts of the exam must be written on the same day, or on two consecutive days.

Part 1: Exam Part 2: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 15, July 7, 2016.

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Updated August 09 2017 by Student & Academic Services