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MATH 053 - Beginning Algebra

Credits: 4
Lecture Contact Hours: 4
Description: This course will explore the real number system, fundamental operations with real numbers, graphing, linear equations, factoring polynomials, rational expressions, exponents, quadratic equations, applications and introduction to the function concept.

Prerequisites: MATH 047  with a minimum grade of 2.0 or a minimum score of 16 ACT-Math, 22 SAT-Math, 75-CPT-Arithmetic, 28 CPT-Elementary Algebra, 260 NGA-Arithmetic or 230 NGA-Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended: None.

Course Category: Applied Liberal Arts | Mathematics
This Course is Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Course Competencies
  1. Apply properties of arithmetic and algebra to simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions.
  2. Express the sums, differences, products and quotients of polynomials in simplest form.
  3. Express the sums, differences, products and quotients of rational expressions in simplest form.
  4. Solve linear equations in one variable.
  5. Solve linear inequalities in one variable.
  6. Factor polynomials.
  7. Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  8. Solve rational equations.
  9. Solve literal equations for a specified variable.
  10. Solve applications using linear equations in one variable, quadratic equations or rational equations.
  11. Graph linear equations in two variables using a table of values, x and y intercepts or slope/y-intercept.
  12. Write a linear equation in two variables using slope-intercept form, point-slope form or standard form.
  13. Explore the function concept using the vertical line test, determining the domain and range from a graph or by evaluating functions.

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