Intermediate Algebra - XMAT Sequence

XMAT Sequence

The XMAT sequence is an upgrading course that is an excellent stepping stone for anyone who wants to further their math education and has not completed Pre-Calculus 11. XMAT prepares you to enter UNBC MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (an equivalent of Pre-Calculus 12). Specifically XMAT should be taken by anyone who has taken Foundations Math or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math streams in high school and wishes to enter programs that use mathematical thinking such as nursing, business, economics, geography, physical sciences and mathematics. The XMAT sequence can be used for credit at UNBC and is an introduction to what a university course is like. The content is used in many degree programs at university.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover subsets of real numbers and find the absolute value of numbers
  • Understand graphs of equations, functions and graphs
  • Examine linear functions and linear equations
  • Solve systems of equations by substitution and elimination
  • Create and solve systems of equations in two variables from word problems
  • Understand polynomials and solving, rational expressions, LCMs and LCDs, polynomial division and complex rational expressions
  • And so much more

Course Prerequisites

To determine eligibility for the Intermediate Algebra modules, prospective students should contact Dr. Sam Walters, Acting Chair of the Mathematics Department. Dr. Walters can be reached via phone at: 250-960-6627 or by email at:


  • Intermediate Algebra Module 1

    September 18, 2017 to October 16, 2017

    Topics covered in XMAT 161-1 include real number systems, solving linear equations and inequalities, absolute values, intersections and unions, functions and their graphs, domains and ranges, linear functions...

  • Intermediate Algebra Module 2

    October 18, 2017 to November 15, 2017

    Topics covered in XMAT 162-1 are related to solving systems of equations and factoring polynomials. Techniques for solving systems of equations include graphing, substitution and elimination. Multiplication of...

  • Intermediate Algebra Module 3

    November 20, 2017 to December 13, 2017

    Topics covered in XMAT163-1 are related to algebraic expressions and solving equations. Techniques for multiplying, dividing and simplifying algebraic expressions are explored. Radical expressions are...