This two-semester course (or combined Term I and Term II before Fall 2018) is a preparatory course for Calculus I in the Bachelor of Science program. Students who need to obtain Grade 12 Pre-calculus Mathematics or need to improve their high school grade should take this course.

This non-credit course will fulfill the admission requirement to most post secondary institutions, but it is up to the student to ensure their desired post-secondary institution accepts this course. It does meet SMU's entrance requirement for Business, Engineering and Science programs.

There is no required textbook for this course. Students will be provided with a course workbook that will contain all the required material. 

Please note that class dates and times are subject to change.

Course Outline

Pre-Calculus Term I

  • Elementary set theory
  • Laws of exponents
  • Radicals
  • Complex numbers
  • Relations and linear functions
  • Quadratic and higher order polynomials
  • Operations of polynomials


Pre-Calculus Term II

  • Trigonometry and inverse trigonometric functions
  • Complex numbers and mathematical induction
  • Matrices, determinants and system of equations
  • Systems of inequalities and sequences of series
  • Permutations, combinations, and the binomial theorem

Course Dates

Spring 2018: 
Pre-Calculus I

May 7 - Jun 18
(No class May 21)

Day & Time: Mon/Wed, 5-9 p.m.

Instructor: Joe MacDonald

Course Fee: $495

Summer 2018: 
Pre-Calculus II

Pre-Calculus Term I

Jun 25 - Aug 8
(No classes Jul 2 & Aug 8)

Day & Time: Mon/Wed, 5-9 pm

Instructor: TBD

Course Fee: $495

Fall 2018 and Winter 2019: 

Two-semester course begins Fall 2018

Sep 17 - Nov 26, 2018
Jan 21 - Mar 25, 2019

Day & Time
Mon/Wed, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Joe MacDonald

“One of the best instructors I’ve ever had, makes sure everyone understands material and outcomes and is super nice.”

“Joe was really concerning and caring for our education and learning in this class.”
— 2017/18 UPrep Pre-Calculus students