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MATH 090 Introduction to Algebra with Geometry

5 credits
This course covers basic algebraic concepts and operations that will prepare STEM students for MATH 099 . The course emphasizes solving and graphing first degree equations, inequalities, and systems of equations. Additional topics include exponents, polynomials, and function notation.  Emphasis is placed on problem solving strategies and order of operations for multi-step equations. Skill development is demonstrated through contextualized word problems and geometric applications.

Prerequisites: MATH 087  (or placement into MATH 090)

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

• Apply mathematical skills in number sense, measurement, data analysis, probability, and algebra to choose appropriate problem-solving strategies for a variety of multi-step math problems, including geometry applications
• Simplify algebraic expressions using the rules of exponents and properties of polynomials
• Solve linear equations and formulas algebraically for a specified variable
• Identify key characteristics of standard geometric figures and linear functions
• Create linear equation models and apply those equations to making predictions
• Describe linear functions in multiple forms, including tables, graphs, and equations
• Solve systems of equations with two variables
• Compare and contrast methods to solve and graph equations with methods needed to solve and graph inequalities
• Use the mathematical critical thinking skills of problem solving, pattern recognition, substitution, following structural rules, and quantitative modeling to solve problems involving basic algebra

Total Hours: 50 Theory (Lecture) Hours: 50