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# MATH 090 Introduction to Algebra for STEM

5 credits
This course covers basic algebraic concepts and operations that will prepare STEM students for MATH 099 . Topics include solution of first and second degree equations, linear graphs, inequalities, systems of equations, exponents, polynomials, and factoring.

Prerequisites: MATH 087  or equivalent placement score.
Quarters Offered: All

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

• Identify the basic properties of real numbers
• Apply properties of the real number system to both numeric and algebraic problems
• Solve first and second degree equations in symbolic and in word problems
• Solve and graph inequalities
• Solve formulas for a specified variable
• Graph linear equations
• Solve systems of equations in two variables
• Apply the rules of exponents
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials
• Use factoring to solve equations
• Use the mathematical critical thinking skills of problem solving, pattern recognition, substitution, following structural rules, and quantitative modeling to solve problems involving basic algebra