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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 . 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