Welcome to the electronic version of the Math Readiness
Course, MRC for short.
My name is Keith Taylor, a professor in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics at the
University of Saskatchewan. I am the director of the MRC project, but many
others have contributed in a variety of ways, see
Credits and Awards.
In this course, we have collected together those topics from arithmetic,
algebra, geometry, and trigonometry that seem to be most frequently used in
university courses which have a high degree of mathematical content. Examples
of such quantitative programs are engineering, physics, chemistry, biology,
economics, business, computer science, statistics, and mathematics.
With mathematics, maybe more than any other subject,
the knowledge is
cumulative. For example, a
skill that was covered in grade 10 algebra may be exactly what
is needed to carry out an interest rate calculation in a
business course at university. Those students who retain the particular skill
and who are able to call on it whenever necessary may find the calculation,
and the whole course, "a snap". Those who cannot rely on the skill when the
need arises will be lost and confused. This same story is repeated in many
Our Math Readiness Course is designed to help you refresh those skills. You
cannot expect miracles; mathematics is like gymnastics or playing the piano
in that doing it well requires serious
work and practice. To encourage you, we have provided interactive
tutorials for you to work through after each lesson and you will
occasionally be directed to enter a Virtual Mathematics Laboratory to carry
out experiments with important concepts. Moreover, your learning progress
will be monitored by quizzes.
We urge you to keep in touch with us. Please e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with
your most perplexing questions, those which you cannot answer yourself after
a reasonable period of thought. You might like to check our FAQ (Frequently
Asked Questions) page; we will post answers to the most common questions
there. As well, you can and should consult with other students via our
We encourage your comments regarding this course. We hope you share
in our excitement about the possibilities for an electronic math course.
Did you know that the MRC is one of the very first internet mathematics
courses to be
offered by any university? We'd like to know what works, what doesn't, and
how you think we can improve the course. You can help us by taking a minute to fill out our survey form.
We wish you every success in your studies.