Math 31

Purpose of the Course:

Calculus is where all of the Math you have studied from Kindergarten to Grade 12 comes together. It combines algebra, graphs, relations, and special functions like trigonometry and logarithms into one consistent study and investigates how they are related. This course introduces you to the basic principles of calculus, a useful tool should you study any math beyond high school.

This course has been designed to be co-requisite with Math 30-1. Students need to either be taking or have finished taking Math 30-1 in order to follow the concepts in this class.

General Student Expectations:

  1. Students will come to class regularly, on time, and with all of their materials so that they can benefit from as much class time as possible;
  2. Students will respect theirs and each other’s learning by not disrupting each other;
  3. Students will keep their notes and assignments for review and study
  4. Students will work diligently in class, try their hardest, and complete their assignments.
  5. Students will ask questions if they do not understand any of the concepts.

Class Materials:

Textbook: Calculus: A First Course by James Stewart (McGraw-Hill Ryerson)

Note: This textbook is available online. Chapters can be found here.

Please bring your textbook to class every day, along with a pencil, an eraser, and a graphing calculator (TI-83Plus or TI-84Plus are recommended).  You will also need grid paper and lined paper to complete assignments.

Assessment and Evaluation:

You will be assessed regularly through classroom observation and opening and closing questions. Your grade is based on your participation in practice problems, unit tests, and the final exam.

Tests (55%)

At the end of each unit, you will complete a multiple choice and short answer test. These will serve as a summative assessment of your learning.  

Final Exam (30%)

Math 31 is a non-diploma course, but there will be a final exam for the course, scheduled for the week of January 15 – 19 and decided by the class at the beginning of the year.  

Practice Problems (15%)

When each topic is finished, you will be assigned questions in your textbook. You will be given time to work on the questions that day and/or the next class.  At the end of each week, you will turn in the practice problems for a mark. Only a couple questions from each topic will be marked, so it is important to do all of the questions.

Please note, because your textbook comes with a key, it is essential that you show your work in order to earn full marks.


It is important to come to every class as each day we will be covering new information. Sometimes, however, absences are unavoidable. When this happens, please let me know as soon as possible, ideally beforehand, so that we can arrange a time for you catch up on your work. Grades on late assignments or missed tests will not be affected by excused absences (as determined by the teacher). Late assignments or tests from unexcused absences will result in a lower grade.


There is a lot of material to cover in Math 31. In order to do well, it is essential to complete the questions at the end of each topic. Often, there will be time to practice these in class; however, if not, you will need to finish the questions on your own time or in Success Block. All assignments will be due on the last school day of the week.

Extra Help

It is okay to make mistakes or have trouble in math, but it is not okay to stay that way. If you are having difficulties understanding a particular concept or unit, it is best to come for help sooner rather than later.  Please ask me questions in class or send me an e-mail ( with what is confusing you. You can also ask me questions during Success/Flex Block. I will attempt to be at each school at least once a week during these times, weather permitting (WCS on Tuesdays, HCCS on Thursdays).

Test Rewrites will be available for each unit. You may request to complete one during a success block after finishing a test. In order to write it, however, you must have completed all of your assignments for the chapter. The recommended minimum grade for a test is 60%.

Course Schedule




Test Date

Pre-Calculus Review


15 Classes




8 classes

Oct. 10

Derivatives and Applications


14 classes

Oct. 31

Extreme Values and Curve Sketching


12 classes

Nov. 17

Trigonometry and Calculus


12 classes

Dec. 5

Antiderivatives and Integrals


14 classes

Jan. 8