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February 1, 2015

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TriAGe: Preparation for University Calculus



A refresher of material covered in the Grade 12 Advanced Functions course, TriAGe will help prepare students who plan to enrol in an entry level university calculus course by reinforcing fundamental skills in Trigonometry, Algebra and Geometry.† 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.

A final assessment will be provided at the end of the course to students who complete a set of assignments and an end of course evaluation.

Review and deepen your understanding of core concepts to build a strong foundation and increase your chances of success in calculus!


2015 Summer Session Information:

Instructor:†††† Tina Balfour† †B.A., B.Ed.
Manager: Mathematics Assistance Centre
Course Cost: $300, plus course text (approx. $30 - $35)
Required Text:††† Just-in-time Algebra & Trigonometry for Calculus,†4th Ed
Authors: Guntram Mueller, Ronald I. Brent
Publisher: Pearson
ISBN-10: 0-321-67104-X†††††††† ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67104-2


Online Session
All students will start with the online session of TriAGe. Access to the course material will begin on Monday June 29th, though students can register for the course anytime up to July 27th. Students then work through the course at their own pace, but should have a goal to complete the course by Friday August 21st, as this is the date of the Final Evaluation (it is suggested students give themselves at least four weeks to complete the online version of TriAGe).

On Campus Classes
Students, who may be struggling to complete the course material independently, or who would like some extra instruction, are welcome to join on campus classes for TriAGe in August.

Location:†††† Laurier's Waterloo Campus
Class Dates/Times:†††† 1:00pm to 5:00pm Monday August 10th to Friday August 14th, and
Monday August 17th to Thursday August 20th

Final Evaluation**:††† 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday August 21st

Registration Process:††To enroll in TriAGe, please complete the online Registration Form (available early May).† Non-WLU students are welcome!† Please take note of the Withdrawal Policy stated below.

Inquiries:††For further information concerning the TriAGe course, please contact Tina Balfour, by email at tbalfour@wlu.ca or call 519-884-0710 ext. 2077.

Accommodations on campus are available through Hotel Laurier.

**The Department of Mathematics at WLU is permitting successful completion of the TriAGe course to be considered as an equivalency†?to the Grade 12 Advanced Functions prerequisite for MA100,†MA129 and MA110*.† To be granted the equivalency, a final†grade of 70% or better must be attained through completion of course assignments and†the Final†Evaluation. †Note that the equivalency cannot be used directly towards program admission requirements.



Withdrawal Policy:

  • Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Mathematics Assistance Centre;
  • A full tuition refund, less 10 per cent, will be issued when notice of withdrawal is received up to two weeks prior to the start of the first session;
  • A full tuition refund, less 25 per cent, will be issued when withdrawal notice is received after two weeks prior to start of the first session and prior to the†start of the second†session;
  • After the second session, no refunds will be issued.