MATH201: Intermediate College Algebra

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Course Overview

This course introduces intermediate college algebra concepts and their applications through problem-solving and the use of equations. Course content covers key topics that include:

  • Algebraic expressions
  • Solving equations and inequalities
  • Graphs of linear equations
  • Polynomials
  • Rational expressions and equations
  • Systems of equations
  • Radical expressions and equations
  • Quadratic equations

Students will use MyMathLab (a Pearson Education product) that offers an online learning tool to help master mathematical concepts. Each week, students will select resources in MyMathLab that they will use to learn the related math concept, complete exercises with their new knowledge, and then take a short quiz on the concepts they have just learned. Two tests are presented during the course – the first covering the concepts learned in the first four modules of the course and the second covering the concepts learned in the remainder of the course.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions by collecting like terms and using the rules for the order of operations.
  • Solve equations with no solutions and with an infinite number of solutions.
  • Solve for inequalities and graph inequalities on a number line.
  • Graph linear equations, finding the y-intercept; find the slope of a line using two points on a line; and, find a slope of a line from an equation.
  • Make use of polynomials, rational expressions, exponents, and radicals in the problem-solving process.
  • Solve for systems of equations using the substitution and elimination methods.
  • Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula.

Special Requirements

A graphing calculator is required to complete homework assignments.

This course requires the use of MyMathLab (MML), which offers online exercises, quizzes, tests, and numerous resources for learning new math concepts. Note: At this time MyMathLab will not work with an Apple iPad. If your only option is to use an iPad, contact your SSA.

It is very important that you purchase the access code through the JIU bookstore, as the MML access code you will receive is customized for the work you will complete at JIU. 

If you took MATH101 at JIU, the access code you used in MATH101 can be used in this course (MATH201) as well; your access code remains active for 12 months from the time you first used it.

There is no need to purchase a second MML access code for this MATH201 course, unless your code has expired.