Basic Algebra – Grade 7 & 8*
*For younger students, this refers to the level of mathematics and not to the actual age.
The course will cover the following topics:

 algebraic expressions
 systems of equations
 sequences and series
 polynomials
 quadratic equations
 systems of linear inequalities
Basic Algebra is highly recommended before taking more advanced courses including Competitive Math I and II. Students with the top performance in Basic Algebra will automatically qualify for Competitive Math I.
2024/25 Course Information
The course will run from September 18, 2024 to April 2025 on Wednesdays 6:007:30pm (with a break in December).
Course Instructor: Professor Song Cai scai@math.carleton.ca.
There will be a free Admission Test for this course held in September 2024. Registration for this free test is required.
Students who have registered for the Admission tests in both “Basic Algebra” and “Fundamentals of Geometry I” should write the admission test for “Basic Algebra”. For such students, admission to both courses will be based on the test for “Basic Algebra”.
To succeed at the Admission Test for the Basic Algebra, students are expected to have strong knowledge of mathematics at grade 6 level. To ensure equal opportunities for all students, we do not release any further details about this test.
Class location: Herzberg Building, room 4351.
Registration Information
Registration for the 2024–2025 academic year is now closed. Registration for 2025–2026 will open in May 2025.
For students with limited financial resources fee waivers may be available.
Fee Waiver Information and Application
Refund Policy
100% refund prior to August 31st
95% refund prior to September 30th
75% refund prior to October 31st
50% refund prior to November 30th
To request refund, please complete this form before the deadline.
For details please write to the Course Instructor Professor Song Cai: scai@math.carleton.ca.
**Please note we are unable to answer any inquiries by phone.**