Catalog 2016-2017 
    Apr 24, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MATH 099X Accelerated Intermediate Algebra for STEM

5 credits
This course is a single-quarter refresher of both Elementary and Intermediate Algebra skills to prepare for STEM courses. Topics include solving and graphing linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical functions; roots and exponents; complex numbers; inequalities; and systems of equations.

Prerequisites: MATH 087  or placement into MATH 099X

Quarters Offered: All

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

  • Demonstrate the use of integers, rational, irrational, and complex numbers in problem solving
  • Solve problems involving linear, quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential equations and functions
  • Differentiate between linear, quadratic, and exponential functions by emphasizing key characteristics and graphs
  • Apply the rules of exponents
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials
  • Use factoring to solve second degree equations
  • Simplify rational expressions and solve rational equations, using factoring when necessary
  • Identify functions and use functional notation and terminology
  • Simplify radical expressions and solve radical equations
  • Compare and contrast methods to solve and graph equations with methods needed to solve and graph inequalities
  • Solve formulas for a specified variable
  • Solve systems of equations with two variables
  • Create linear and quadratic equation models and apply those equations to making predictions
  • 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 basic and intermediate algebra