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Mathematics (MATH) 101
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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.

Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 0 credits - Science

Prerequisite: Applied Mathematics 30 or equivalent.
Mathematics 101 is not taken for credit towards a program at Athabasca University at this time. Students who successfully complete this course may obtain five high school transfer credits. Students who have credit in Pure Mathematics 20 are advised to take Pure Mathematics 30 instead of Mathematics 101. Students looking for a general mathematics refresher course are advised to take Mathematics 100: Developmental Mathematics.

Centre: Centre for Science

MATH 101 is not available for challenge.

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Mathematics 101 is intended for students who have recently graduated from high school with Applied Mathematics 30 and wish to upgrade their mathematics skills before or while attending a post-secondary institution. Students who successfully complete Mathematics 101 will be able to pursue courses and programs that would otherwise require Pure Mathematics 30 as a prerequisite or corequisite. So, students would take this course in lieu of taking both Pure Mathematics 20 and Pure Mathematics 30.

The emphasis of this course is on using algebra and algebraic methods to solve mathematics problems, instead of the visual or graphics-based approaches used in the Applied Mathematics curriculum. As such, it provides a particular subset of skills otherwise offered in Pure Mathematics 20 and Pure Mathematics 30 that are needed for study at the post-secondary level.


Unit 1: Functions and Functional Algebra

Unit 2: Exponents and Logarithms

Unit 3: Polynomials

Unit 4: Quadratics

Unit 5: Algebraic Fractions

Unit 6: Systems of Linear Equations

Unit 7: Sets and Inequalities

Unit 8: Trigonometry

Unit 9: Trigonometric Identities and Equations


Review materials on set notation, arithmetic, fractions and decimals, and linear equations are provided as an appendix. The review materials are optional, but recommended for students who feel a little rusty.


To receive credit in MATH 101, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent), including a grade of at least 50 percent on the midterm and final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is given below:

Assignment 1 (Units 1-3) 10%
Midterm Exam (Units 1-4) 30%
Assignment 2 (Units 4-6) 10%
Assignment 3 (Units 7-9) 10%
Final Examination (Units 1-9) 40%
Total 100%

Students are permitted to use calculators for both the examinations; furthermore, they may use their Study Guide and textbook. However, students are not permitted to use the solutions manuals or their own graded assignments as sources.

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

Course Materials

The core of this course is the study guide, with an accompanying solutions manual, along with the commercial textbook and its solutions manual. Auxiliary reading material is provided for Unit 9.


Probert, Patricia J., and Targa, Anthony. 1997. Developmental Mathematics, Canadian Applications. Scarborough, ON: ITP Nelson.

Probert, Patricia J., and Targa, Anthony. 1997. Student's Solution Manual to Accompany Developmental Mathematics, Canadian Applications. Scarborough, ON: ITP Nelson.

Other Materials

The course materials include a student manual.

Note: Students must use a calculator capable of performing logarithms and exponents. A graphing calculator capable of plotting graphs is also desirable, but not necessary. To ease communication with a tutor, it is desirable that each student have an e-mail account.