Pre-calculus Math has been designed for the majority of students either requiring Pre-calculus to gain admittance to the Dalhousie B.Sc. program or as a preparation for Calculus 1000. This course provides a more in-depth coverage of math concepts than found in the accelerated 1 term class and adds a review of relevant 11 and 12 material, as well as a study of area under a curve. Students who have been away from math for 2 or more years, or have a heavy schedule, will find this course a better fit than the accelerated Math 0010.00.
Course Topics Include:
- a review of exponents, radicals and scientific notation
- multiplying and factoring algebraic expressions
- solving quadratic, radical, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric equations
- solving quadratic and rational inequalities
- functions and their inverses
- using transformations to graph quadratic, radical, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions
- using calculus methods to graph polynomial and rational functions
- using limits to find slopes of tangents and areas under curves
- the power rule
- maximum/minimum problems
- combinations of functions
What You Will Learn
Throughout the course, algebra, and applied geometric problem-solving skills needed for calculus are emphasized.
There is no laboratory work. Evaluation will be based on engagement/discussions, a midterm, and final exam. A detailed course outline will be provided on the first day of the course.
* University Prep courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course he/she enrols in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions, beyond Dalhousie University.
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Frank Brown B.Sc.(Math), B.Eng., B.Ed., M.Ed. has a long-standing relationship with the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, having taught many University Prep math courses over two decades. As well as teaching in the College’s University Prep Program, Frank has also taught for several years in the University’s Global Assessment Certificate program, teaching international students to develop their English skills through mathematics. Frank is a full-time Mathematics teacher at Prince Andrew High School, having taught all the levels in the high school curriculum. As part of Frank’s teaching practice, he believes in giving students the freedom to construct their own learning through rigorous problem solving, and a discovery approach to formulating mathematical principles. In years past, Frank was involved in the development of a videoconference and online Calculus course through MOODLE which allowed students, from a remote high school, to be a part of his class at the high school where he teaches. When not teaching Frank enjoys spending time with his wife Barbara and children Matthew and Katherine.
Grade 11 and 12 math or equivalent. We encourage you to complete our complimentary math diagnostic. This will assist us to identify your current math strengths.
Students either requiring Pre-calculus to gain admittance to the Dalhousie B.Sc. program or as a preparation for Calculus 1000.
"This class (with Jerry Amiro) taught me a lot in such a short time frame. I feel prepared for my first year calculus course.”
Danielle Jones, Summer 2019
“I found the course exceptional. My professor (Frank Brown) was beyond helpful and very thorough with his teaching. One thing during the course I found stood out for me was the fact be proved what he was doing to ensure our understanding of such concepts.”
Carter MacKeen, Spring 2019