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Lake Washington Institute of Technology    
  Nov 19, 2017
Catalog 2017-2018

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 . 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: Fall, Winter, Spring

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Critical Thinking.

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

Total Hours: 50 Lecture Hours: 50