Learning Methods
Use of active learning methods such as interactive lecture, individual and group activities, problem solving and cooperative learning including the use of mathematics software and videos

Major Focus
Small class size, enhanced teacher-students interaction, use of instructional scaffolding and students’ prior knowledge and skills as a basis for building new mathematical knowledge

The AC Difference
The focus is on the development of student's mathematical thinking and behavior which consist of thinking in logical manner, constructing models to describe phenomena, and problem solving

Career Outlook
Mathematics develops quantitative skills and analytical abilities that are crucial in various career fields including science and engineering, finance, computing, robotic, animated film etc./p>

Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

MATH 099 Fundamentals of Algebra with Trigonometry (0)

This is a bridging course to provide students with the fundamental mathematical knowledge necessary for success in university-level mathematics.

ENGL 097

Transfers to:
Not Available

MATH 100 Precalculus (3)

Algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their graphs. Conic sections, applications.

ENGL 097, MATH 11 (B) or MATH 12 (C) or MATH 099 (C)

Transfers to:
SFU MATH 100 (3) Q
UVic MATH 120 (1.5)
UNBC MATH 115 (3)
TRU MATH 1000 (3)

MATH 104 Differential Calculus w/Applications to Commerce & Social Sciences (3)

Derivatives and rates of change, exponential and trigonometric functions, Newton's method, Taylor series, maxima and minima, and graphing.

ENGL 097, Math 12 (C+) or Math 100 (C)

Students with credit for MATH 151 may not take MATH 104 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 104 (3)
SFU MATH 157 (3) Q
UVic MATH 102 (1.5)
UNBC MATH 100 (3) - Credit awarded only for one of UNBC MATH 100 or UNBC MATH 152
TRU MATH 1XX0 (3) - ALEX MATH 104 and ALEX MATH 105 = TRU MATH 1170 (3) and TRU MATH 1XX0 (3)

MATH 105 Integral Calculus w/Applications to Commerce & Social Sciences (3)

Antiderivatives, Integration, Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability, and their applications in economics, commerce, and business administration. Students may receive credit for only one of Math 104 or Math 151; Math 105 or Math 152.

ENGL 097, MATH 104

Students with credit for MATH 152 may not take MATH 105 for further credit

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 105 (3)
SFU MATH 158 (3) Q
UVic MATH 101 (1.5)
UNBC MATH 101 (3)
and TRU MATH 1XX0 (3) - ALEX MATH 104 and ALEX MATH 105 = TRU MATH 1170 (3) and TRU MATH 1XX0 (3)

MATH 115 Discrete Mathematics (3)

Offers an intensive introduction to discrete mathematics. Topics include: functions, relations, sets, cardinality, propositional and predicate logic, proof techniques, combinatorics, discrete probability, asymptotic notation, and an introduction to elementary number theory and abstract algebra. The course will provide a basis to study higher level mathematics.

ENGL 097, MATH 12 (C) or MATH 100 (C)

Students with credit for CPSC 115 may not take MATH 115 for further credit.

Transfers to:
UBC CPSC 1st (3) Exempt UBC CPSC 121
SFU MACM 101 (3) Q/B-Sci
UNBC CPSC 141 (3) or MATH 1XX (3) C- or higher

MATH 151 Calculus I (3)

Functions and graphs, conic sections, limits and continuity, derivatives, techniques and applications of differentiation, trigonometric functions, logarithms and exponentials, extrema, the mean value theorem and polar co-ordinates. Students may receive credit for only one of Math 104 or Math 151; Math 105 or Math 152.

ENGL 097, Math 12 (B) or Math 100 (C)

Students with credit for MATH 104 may not take MATH 151 for further credit

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 100 (3)
SFU MATH 151 (3) Q
UVic MATH 100 (1.5)
UNBC MATH 100 (3) - Credit awarded for one of UNBC MATH 100 or UNBC MATH 152
TRU MATH 1140 (3)

MATH 152 Calculus II (3)

Integrals, techniques and applications of integration, approximations, sequences and series, area and arc length in polar co-ordinates. Students may receive credit for only one of Math 104 or Math 151; Math 105 or Math 152.

ENGL 097, MATH 151

Students with credit for MATH 105 may not take MATH 152 for further credit

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 101 (3)
SFU MATH 152 (3) Q
UVic MATH 101 (1.5)
UNBC MATH 101 (3)
and TRU MATH 1240 (3)

MATH 232 Elementary Linear Algebra (3)

Matrix arithmetic, linear equations, and determinants. Real vector spaces and linear transformations. Inner products and orthogonality. Eigen values and eigenvectors.

ENGL 098, MATH 151, MATH 104 (B), or MATH 105

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 221 (3)
SFU MATH 232 (3) Q
UVic MATH 211 (1.5)
UNBC MATH 220 (3)
TRU MATH 2120 (3)

MATH 251 Multivariable Calculus (3)

Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem.

ENGL 098, MATH 152 or MATH 105(B)

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 251 (3)
SFU MATH 251 (3) Q
UVic MATH 200 (1.5)
TRU MATH 2110 (3)

MATH 255 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

This is a first course in the theory of ordinary differential equations. Topics include the solution of first- and higher order differential equations (ODEs), power series solutions, Laplace transforms, linear and non-linear systems, stability, Euler methods and applications. Analytic and quantitative methods will be used to investigate the solutions to ODEs and discuss their behavior.

ENGL 098, MATH 152 or MATH 105 (B)

Transfers to:
UBC MATH 255 (3)
SFU MATH 310 (3) – Q
MATH 201 (1.5)
TRU MATH 2240 (3)

STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics (3)

Statistical research methodology and associated analysis techniques aimed at a non-mathematical audience (non-calculus based). This course introduces procedures that are most commonly used in the investigation of survey and experimental data.

ENGL 098, MATH 12 (C) or MATH 100, and completion of at least 9 post-secondary credit hours

Transfers to:
UBC STAT 200 (3)
SFU STAT 201 (3) – Q
UVIC STAT 255 (1.5)
UNBC STAT 240 (3)
TRU STAT 2000 (3)

Kamran Fakhar


Kamran Fakhar


Kamran Fakhar is a Mathematics Instructor at Alexander College, since 2016.

He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 2005 from USTC, post doctorate at ICTS from 2005-2007 and a research associate position in UBC since 2014.

He has published over 40 research articles in international referred journals. He also supervised two PhD and five master’s students.

Kamran has more than 12 years of teaching experience which includes teaching mathematics at different levels at different universities and colleges inside and outside Canada.

He also has won several scholarships, academic awards, medals and distinctions certificates during his academic carrier.

Dr. Krishna Subedi


Dr. Krishna Subedi


I joined Alexander college in 2009 as a mathematics instructor in mathematics department and has been teaching various mathematics courses ever since.

I hold several degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics education; an M.A. (Mathematics) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal; an M.Ed. (Mathematics emphasis) from Endicott College, USA, and a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

My research interests are in the field of theories and pedagogical practices in mathematics education.

I am interested at exploring how teachers and students deal with mathematical abstraction in teaching and learning in an attempt to translate abstract mathematical concepts into understandable ideas.

Telyn Chan-Kusalik


Telyn Chan-Kusalik


I am a Mathematics Instructor and the Math and Science Department Coordinator at Alexander College. I have taught at the University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College, Thompson Rivers University, and Champlain Regional College.

I hold an M.Sc. in Pure Mathematics from McGill University, a B.A. (honours) in Mathematics and Philosophy from Queen's University, and a Provincial Instructor's Diploma from Vancouver Community College.

I take a teaching approach which is technology-intense and learner-centred, and I ensure that students in my classes are encouraged to participate.

In my studies, I took an interest in Foundations of Mathematics, but my more recent research interests lie in Teaching and Learning.

I like getting a chance to meet students, colleagues, and others interested in my work. Contact me at t.kusalik@alexandercollege.ca or stop by my office hours.

Luc Lapierre


Luc Lapierre


Luc Lapierre obtained an M.Sc. in pure mathematics from Simon Fraser University in 2016. He joined Alexander College in January 2017, and has enjoyed teaching there ever since.

Luc's research portfolio centers on cryptographic primitives arising from finite fields of characteristic two, and algebraic graph theory.

Aside from learning and sharing mathematics, Luc enjoys olympic weightlifting, ice hockey, and caring for his five rabbits.

Seyyed Hosseini


Seyyed Hosseini


BCcampus Open Education

BCcampus Open Education is an open-source textbook on various subjects including mathematics and statistics and is partly supported by the BC Ministry of Advance Education.


OpenStax CNX

Openstax CNX is an open source platform which contains textbooks and educational materials in variety of subjects from school, college and university level students to professionals.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy is not-for-profit organization that offers short instructional videos on many topics in mathematics and other subjects and offers practice exercises as well.


Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that can graph various functions and perform computation related to elementary mathematics to advance mathematics including calculus, linear algebra and statistics.



Symbolab is an online "answer engine" that computes step-by-step solutions to mathematical problems in a variety of topics.



Mathworld has extensive math resource of all kinds. There is an alphabetical index by topic, interactive entries, Mathworld classroom, and Wolfram Alpha (a computational knowledge engine).



EqWorld provides information on solution to various classes of ordinary/ partial differential and other mathematical equations. It also provides links to other mathematical websites and software packages.



Geogebra is a dynamic mathematics software that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one single mathematical package.


Derivative calculator

This calculator supports computing higher order derivatives of function of one or more variables (partial derivatives) including implicit differentiation and calculating roots/zero.


Integral Calculator

This calculator supports computing definite and indefinite integrals (antiderivatives) with one or more variables (double integrals).


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