Mathematics & Statistics

What you should know!

  1. Students who require Math 1823 in their program will normally take one of the following:

    • a Pre-Calculus course (Math 0863 UNBF or Math 1863 UNBSJ)
    • a regular (one semester) section of Math 1823

    Students intending to take Math courses beyond their minimal requirement should take Math 1003 instead. They should consult with the Department.

  2. Students who come to UNB intending to take Math 1003 or Math 1053 will take a short placement test to determine if they are ready to do so. Based on their test scores, and the regulations set out by the Mathematics Departments, students who require Math 1003 in their program will take one of the following:

    • a Pre-Calculus course (Math 0863 UNBF or Math 1863 UNBSJ)
    • a special section of Math 1003 that covers the material of the course over two semesters
    • a regular (one semester) section of Math 1003

    Students with high scores are encouraged to consider Math 1053, Enriched Introduction to Calculus I, at UNBF. They should consult with the Department.

    Students are allowed one retake if they are unhappy with their score.

    To give you an idea of what to expect, we have provided a list of sample questions for such a test. The answers are provided.

    Since June 2005, some NB high school teachers have participated in workshops held at UNBF to prepare final examination papers for NB Math 122 and Math 120. Those students who score 42/60 or higher on these teacher-prepared examination papers are eligible for exemption from writing the university mathematics placement test at UNB, Mount Allison University and Saint Mary's University.

Many students in universities across Canada find first-year calculus difficult. The main reason is that in mathematics, as in music or athletics, the development of knowledge and skill is cumulative: what you learn next depends heavily on retention of what you learned before. Facility with basic algebra is very important, as is ability to combine techniques from several areas. University courses proceed at a faster pace than courses in school. It is easy to fall behind and difficult to catch up, especially if your skills have diminished over the summer.

In order to ease the transition from high school to university, we suggest you keep up your mathematical knowledge and skills during the summer. The APICS (Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences) Committee on Mathematics and Statistics has created a website

Preparing for University Calculus at Atlantic Canadian Universities

which you should look at. Also, we at UNB have compiled a selection of exercises, with answers, called `Are You Ready for Calculus?'. These cover the parts of the high school curriculum most essential as background for calculus. Many of the problems are challenging. It will take some time to work through the complete set, but do not become discouraged if you have difficulty with some of them. You should consider working with friends or asking your high school teachers for assistance.