Course Description

Live online instructional time is essential and will be held 9:30 am – 10:30 am (Eastern Standard Time) during the section schedule dates. Students can expect to commit an additional 2-3 hours/day of asynchronous work to this course.

UWindsor Prep Advanced Functions and Problem-Solving Strategies is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts and problem-solving techniques to help students prepare for calculus at the University of Windsor.

This online course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will review and develop strategies, mathematical processes, and thinking skills during problem-solving sessions. Emphasis will be placed on understanding various mathematical relationships, utilizing mathematical techniques in solving problems, and applying mathematical knowledge into various contexts.


Course Outline

To successfully complete this course participants will regularly attend online classes and complete a series of assignments and quizzes. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete and successful learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from UWindsor Continuing Education.

Learner Outcomes

Throughout this course, students will:

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between exponential expressions and logarithmic expressions, evaluate logarithms, and apply the laws of logarithms to simplify numeric expressions;
  • identify and describe some key features of the graphs of logarithmic functions, make connections among the numeric, graphical, and algebraic representations of logarithmic functions, and solve related problems graphically;
  • solve exponential and simple logarithmic equations in one variable algebraically, including those in problems arising from real-world applications.

Trigonometric Functions

  • demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and application of radian measure;
  • make connections between trigonometric ratios and the graphical and algebraic representations of the corresponding trigonometric functions and between trigonometric functions and their reciprocals, and use these connections to solve problems;
  • solve problems involving trigonometric equations and prove trigonometric identities.

Polynomial and Rational Functions

  • identify and describe some key features of polynomial functions, and make connections between the numeric, graphical, and algebraic representations of polynomial functions;
  • identify and describe some key features of the graphs of rational functions, and represent rational functions graphically;
  • solve problems involving polynomial and simple rational equations graphically and algebraically;
  • demonstrate an understanding of solving polynomial and simple rational inequalities.

Characteristics of Functions

  • demonstrate an understanding of average and instantaneous rate of change, and determine, numerically and graphically, and interpret the average rate of change of a function over a given interval and the instantaneous rate of change of a function at a given point
  • determine functions that result from the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of two functions and from the composition of two functions, describe some properties of the resulting functions, and solve related problems;
  • compare the characteristics of functions, and solve problems by modelling and reasoning with functions, including problems with solutions that are not accessible by standard algebraic techniques.


Brightspace Requirements

This class is offered online through Brightspace. A link will be provided through email and you will have access the first day of class.

Please activate your UWin ID. Your UWin ID and password are needed to access Brightspace. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Review the full Brightspace system requirements.

Microsoft Teams

Instructional time will be held on Microsoft Teams. As a student of this course, the University of Windsor will provide you with access to Microsoft Teams.

Once you register you will be prompted to activate your UWin ID. Your UWin ID and password are needed to access Microsoft Teams. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Microsoft Teams is available in three versions including desktop, web and mobile app. The Microsoft Teams desktop app is available for both Windows 7 and 10 and macOS 10.10 or later. On Windows, Teams requires .NET framework 4.5 or later; the Teams installer will offer to install it for you if you don't have it. If you are unable to install Desktop App, you can use web version of Teams. In addition, Microsoft Teams mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. You can download it from your respective app store on the device. Full instructions will be provided before the course start.


Successful completion of MHF4U (Grade 12U Advanced Functions) is recommended.
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