MATH095 Basic Algebra

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Mathematics

I. Course Number and Title
MATH095 Basic Algebra
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Math Placement Test score of 3 or MATH090 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course will not satisfy the general elective category for students who entered their program or study in or after the 2007 Fall semester.

Basic Algebra is considered a developmental course. A comprehensive departmental final examination is included in this course.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This is an introductory course in Algebra. Topics include operations with numerical and algebraic expressions, including rational and radical expressions, factoring, and graphing. Study skills are also emphasized.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers;
    2. simplify algebraic expressions by distributive property and combining like terms;
    3. solve linear equations and use linear equations to solve applications;
    4. add, subtract, multiply polynomials and divide polynomials by monomials;
    5. factor simple polynomials and solve quadratic equations by factoring;
    6. add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions;
    7. graph a linear equation;
    8. find the slope of a line; and
    9. evaluate and simplify radicals, specifically square roots.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Properties of and operations with real numbers
    2. Properties of and operations with algebraic expressions
    3. Factoring of algebraic expressions
    4. Operations with rational expressions
    5. Solving of linear equations, inequalities, and quadratic equations by factoring
    6. Properties and operations with radical expressions
    7. Introduction to graphing of linear equations and slope concepts
    8. Solving of applications using linear and quadratic equations
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The student will apply mathematical concepts and principles to identify and solve problems presented through informal assessment, such as oral communication among students and between teacher and students. Formal assessment will consist of open-ended questions reflecting theoretical and applied situations.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    There is a departmentally-selected textbook. Details on other materials provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus. Student notebook is required and a calculator is optional.

Review/Approval Date - 4/06; New Core 8/2015