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SC101A and B: Essential Skills for Mathematics (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

Thorough review of pre-university skills in algebra, trigonometry and functions. Topics discussed will include: algebraic manipulations used to simplify expressions and solve equations and inequalities; analytic geometry; and polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Also integrated with the course content will be discussion of specific learning strategies to help students with the transition from high school mathematics to university level expectations. The course will not count towards satisfying program requirements in mathematics.

Instructor (Section A and B)

Fei Xu (PhD)
Office: LH3069 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4730
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., or by appointment. All communication is to be made only by email and only to the email address listed below.
Email: fxu@wlu.ca


  • Section A: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. in DAWB 1-101A (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)
  • Section B: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. in DAWB 1-101A (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)


James Stewart, Lothar Redline and Saleem Watson (2015). Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 7th Edition.


Students may only use the approved scientific calculator, Casio fx-300ms plus, on course tests and the final examination. No other calculator is allowed. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the SC101 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


  • A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:
  • Clicker Questions: 15%
  • Midterm 1 (Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in class): 20%
  • Midterm 2 (Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in class): 20%
  • Final Exam (2 hours; exact date, time and location to be announced: 45%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for SC101 and is provided for the convenience of students.