Catalog 2016-2017 
    Mar 21, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MATH 099 Intermediate Algebra for STEM

5 credits
This course covers the intermediate algebra skills and content needed for students going into STEM fields. The course emphasizes quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; rational and radical expressions and equations; roots and exponents; complex numbers; functions; and graphing.

Prerequisites: MATH 090  or placement in MATH 099

Quarters Offered: All

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

  • Identify and apply the rules of algebra to solve algebraic problems
  • Demonstrate the use of rational, irrational, and complex numbers in problem solving
  • Solve problems involving linear, quadratic, logarithmic,  and exponential equations and functions
  • Differentiate among linear, quadratic, and exponential functions by emphasizing key characteristics and graphs
  • Simplify rational expressions and solve rational equations, using factoring when necessary
  • Identify functions and use functional notation and terminology
  • Solve problems involving inequalities
  • Simplify radical expressions and solve radical equations
  • Apply technology appropriately as a tool for calculations
  • Research and analyze quantitative information using technology
  • Use the mathematical critical thinking skills of problem solving, pattern recognition, substitution, following structural rules, and quantitative modeling to solve problems involving intermediate algebra