MATH 110 is a two-term, six-credit course in differential calculus. It covers the same calculus content as the one-term courses MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184, but with additional material designed to strengthen understanding of essential pre-calculus topics. The prerequisite for MATH 110 is a passing grade in grade 12 pre-calculus math (BC Principles of Mathematics 12 or equivalent). This course is meant for students who do not satisfy the prerequisites for MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184. Students who do satisfy one of these prerequisites will normally not be allowed to take MATH 110. For further information about all of these courses including their prerequisites, see First Year Calculus Choices.
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1. Which course should I register for on my registration date? Review the First Year Calculus Choices page and identify the scenario that best describes your situation under the section “which UBC calulus course should I register in?” Back to Questions
2. How do I know if my high-school math course and grade are equivalent to BC Principles of Mathematics 12? If you are from outside of British Columbia and don’t know what your equivalent grade is, look up your record on the online Student Service Centre. Please review the grade listed as MATH 12. If there is an error, send an email message to admissions.inquiry (at) ubc (dot) ca to have the error corrected. Back to Questions
3. What will happen if my interim grade in BC Principles of Mathematics 12 or equivalent is over 80% and I register for MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184, but then my final MATH 12 grade is less than 80%? If you received an email message in June stating that you are qualified to take MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184, then you will be allowed to remain in one of these courses. If you did not receive such a message and your final MATH 12 grade is substantially lower than 80%, you will be contacted by email by the Mathematics Department. If you do not have a score of 73% or higher in the BC provincial examination for Principles of Mathematics 12 then you will be required to write the UBC Mathematics Basic Skills Test before the end of the first week of classes in September. If you achieve an unsatisfactory score on this test, you will be required to take MATH 110 instead. Back to Questions
4. What will happen if my interim grade in BC Principles of Mathematics 12 or equivalent is less than 80% and I register for MATH 110, but then my final MATH 12 grade is at least 80%? If your final grade is only slightly above 80% you will likely be allowed to remain in MATH 110 or move to MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184, as you decide. If it is substantially higher than 80%, you will normally be required to move. Back to Questions
5. Which course should I register for if I don’t have 80% in BC Principles of Mathematics 12 or equivalent but I wrote or am planning to write the BC provincial exam for Principles of Mathematics 12 and expect to get at least 73%? You may register yourself into MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184. You may be contacted by the Mathematics Department after you register because you may not appear to satisfy the prerequisite, but you may remain registered in one of these courses until your BC provincial-exam score is known. Back to Questions
6. If I register for MATH 110, do I have to write the UBC Mathematics Basic Skills Test? No; writing this test is optional for students registered in MATH 110. However, you are encouraged to write the test in order to place yourself in the course that is most appropriate for you. If you register for MATH 110 and choose to write the test, you will be allowed to move to one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 180 or 184 if you achieve a satisfactory score. Back to Questions
7. What will happen if I don’t satisfy prerequisite (a) or (b) but register for MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184 anyway? You will be required to write the UBC Mathematics Basic Skills Test before the end of the first week of classes in September. If you don’t achieve a satisfactory score, you will be moved to MATH 110, which may require a rearrangement of your timetable. It is better to register in MATH 110 initially if your interim grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or equivalent is not at least 80%. It will be easier for your schedule to be rearranged to accommodate a movement from MATH 110 to one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184 than vice-versa, since MATH 110 runs from September to April and the other courses only from September to December. Back to Questions
8. Will I be allowed to take MATH 110 even if I satisfy prerequisite (a) or (b) for MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184? Normally no. MATH 110 is not meant for students with a strong high-school mathematics background. However, if you feel MATH 110 is the most appropriate course for you to take, you may request permission to take it from the Mathematics Department’s Undergraduate Chair (send an email message to ugradchair (at) math (dot) ubc (dot) ca). Back to Questions
9. When and how will the UBC Mathematics Basic Skills Test be given? There are three separate sittings of this 90-minute test in a year: early May, the Thursday before the start of fall classes, and the Thursday of the first week of classes in the fall. The test will be given only on the Vancouver campus of UBC. If you take the test, you are encouraged to do so at one of the first two sittings, so that any resulting rearrangement of your course timetable can be done before the start of classes. For further details on the test and recent sample tests, click here. Back to Questions
10. Will taking MATH 110 instead of MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, or 184 delay progression through my program? All of MATH 110, 100, 102, 104, 180, and 184 are accepted as prerequisites for a follow-up course in first-year integral calculus, namely MATH 101, 103, and 105. Integral calculus courses are offered at UBC in the summer, so if your program requires such a course you may still take it before your second year. Please contact an advisor in your home faculty if you have further questions about implications for your degree program. Back to Questions