This course introduces intermediate college algebra concepts and their applications through problem-solving and the use of equations. A graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-83) is required to complete homework assignments. This course provides a basis for college algebra, trigonometry, and other higher-level mathematics courses.
Students will examine such key topics as:
• Linear equations and inequalities
• Systems of linear equations
• Exponents and polynomials
• Rational expressions and functions
• Radicals and rational exponents
• Quadratic equations, functions, and inequalities
Students will complete sets of problems using an online homework manager, MyMathLab. Students will also participate in discussions designed to help them apply concepts to word problems and daily life. Students will complete both a mid-term and a final comprehensive exam.
Course Learning Objectives
- Apply elementary algebra to solve mathematical problems.
- Use functions, graph linear equations and inequalities.
- Explain systems of equations in two and three variables.
- Comprehend and use inequalities and absolute value.
- Make use of polynomials, rational expressions, exponents and radicals.
- Apply quadratic equations and functions.
A graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-83) is required to complete homework assignments.
MyMathLab access code must be purchased from the bookstore. This online homework and quiz manager will be used for practice problems, homework problems, and exams.
Purchasing the access code for MyMathLab includes an online ebook version of the course text; therefore, purchasing a hard copy of the text is optional.