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

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: A background with solid basic mathematical skills up to and including either an academic-stream grade 11 level or an applied mathematics grade 12 level of expertise, or their equivalents.

Students who successfully complete this course may obtain credit, in many universities and colleges across Canada, for having completed the equivalent of an academic-stream grade 12 high school mathematics program. Please check with your post-secondary institution.

Students looking for a general mathematics refresher course are advised to take Mathematics 100: Developmental Mathematics.

Centre: Centre for Science

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Mathematics 101 is intended for students who wish to upgrade their mathematics skills before or while attending a post-secondary institution. Students who successfully complete Mathematics 101 are generally permitted to pursue courses and programs that would otherwise require Pure Mathematics 30 as a prerequisite or corequisite.

The emphasis of this course is on using algebra and algebraic methods to solve mathematics problems. It also includes sections on functions of a single variable and trigonometry. As such, it provides a particular subset of mathematical skills that are often 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.

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 2, May 6, 2010.

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