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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)

Course Outcomes
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

Global Outcomes
This course teaches to the global outcome of critical thinking.

Total Hours: 50 Theory (Lecture) Hours: 50