# Help & Math Readiness

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has developed an on-line Mathematics Placement Test for students entering University. Students who are registered in Math 110, 121, 123 and 125, which are introductory calculus courses, are required to write the MPT. The test consists of thirty multiple-choice questions to be completed in 70 minutes, precisely timed by the computer. It is *closed-book* and *closed-notes*, and *calculators are not allowed*. The test is designed to assess competency on precalculus mathematics, and to determine whether the student has the necessary prerequisites for succeeding in University calculus courses. Students who wish to practise on questions that are similar to those on the actual test may visit the following site to take a *sample test*: Sample Math Placement Test

The topics covered on the MPT are:

- Arithmetic Skills
- Basic Algebra and Functions
- Geometry & Trigonometry
- Exponential & Logarithmic Functions

Math 102.3 covers topics that prepare students for a calculus course at the university level. It is also an alternative prerequisite in place of Math A30 and Math B30 or their equivalents. This course covers the fundamentals of Algebra, looks at properties and graphs of functions (including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric), and introduces analytic geometry.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

- Simplify rational expressions
- Model with equations and inequalities
- Define and graph functions of various types including polynomial, trigonometric, rational, exponential, and logarithmic
- Factor polynomials to obtain real and complex roots
- Model using trigonometry (applying identities and using Law of Sines and Cosines)