Catalog 20162017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MATH 090 Introduction to Algebra for STEM5 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, as well as a brief introduction to second degree equations and factoring.
Prerequisites: MATH 087 or placement into MATH 090
Quarters Offered: All
Student Outcomes/Competencies: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
 Apply properties of the real number system to both numeric and algebraic problems
 Apply the rules of exponents
 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials
 Solve first degree equations algebraically
 Identify key characteristics of linear functions
 Create linear equation models and apply those equations to making predictions
 Compare and contrast methods to solve and graph equations with methods needed to solve and graph inequalities
 Solve formulas for a specified variable
 Describe linear functions in multiple forms including: tables, graphs, and equations
 Solve systems of equations with two variables
 Use factoring to solve second degree 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


