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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
September 1, 2016
Canadian Excellence

MA129 - Spring Term 2016

The Pre-Calculus Modules for MA129 have been created to provide students with the opportunity to review, and demonstrate mastery of, prerequisite material. Each Module covers a skill from secondary school mathematics, as listed below.

Students progress through a Module's series of on-line Assignments as independent self-study (using the MapleTA software).                                    

Up to five bonus marks can be earned for course credit by successfully completing these supplementary modules.  One mark is granted when a minimum of 80% is obtained on a Module's Test for Credit. Only one mark may be earned per module. (Thus, you need to complete any five of the eight modules in order to earn the full 5% bonus; you are encouraged however, to complete all eight modules for the review aspect!)

Before a Module's Test for Credit may be attempted, the student must have successfully completed (obtained a minimum score of 80%) on all of the Module's Assignments.  The student will start at the Module's Assignment 1.  Complete the assignment any number of times needed until at least an 80% score is obtained, and then progress to Assignment 2.  Continue in this manner until all assignments have been completed to the 80% mastery level.  The student is then eligible to attempt the Module's Test for Credit. 

A Test for Credit is timed and must be completed in one sitting, but may be attempted any number of times (though having achieved 80% or better on the prerequisite work should result in being able to pass the Test on the first or second try).  In order to obtain a module's bonus mark, a passing score on the Test must be attained by a certain date, as outlined below:

Module Deadline, to obtain Bonus Mark:
 A:  Numeric Expressions  Thurs. May 19th,   11:59pm 
 B:  Algebraic Expressions  Thurs. May 26th,   11:59pm
 C:  Factoring  Thurs. June 2nd,   11:59pm
 D:  Rational Expressions      Thurs. June 9th,    11:59pm
 E:  Solving Equations & Inequalities     Thurs. June 16th,   11:59pm
 F:  Geometry  Thurs. June 30th,   11:59pm
 G:  Functions & Graphing  Thurs. July 7th,      11:59pm
 H:  Exponentials & Logarithms     Thurs. July 14th,    11:59pm

Please note that the modules are independent of one another. You do not have to have completed Module A before attempting Module B, etc.

Reference Notes (extra explanations for most of topics covered by each assignment!)

MapleTA site - click here for the UserGuide (accessible UserGuide) to learn how to login, access the modules, and use correct syntax for entering answers.
                   - click here to go to the MapleTA login screen (please read the above "how to" guide first!!)

** Please check the Browser Configuration requirements to use MapleTA - in particular, your computer must have a recent version of Java installed. For the latest version, available as a free download, click Java.

The Precalculus Modules Program for all introductory calculus courses is coordinated by the Mathematics Assistance Centre. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the module program, please contact Tina Balfour (Email: Extension: 2077).