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MATH 061 Basic Algebra and Geometry

In this course students will be introduced to algebraic topics such as simplifying expressions with exponents, combining like terms, multiplying polynomials and evaluating algebraic expressions. They will learn to distinguish among examples of the commutative, associative and distributive properties. Students will solve first degree equations, solve and graph linear inequalities on a number line, graph lines and investigate slope, slope-intercept form and the x- and y- intercepts. They will become familiar with elementary topics in geometry such as basic definitions of perimeter and area. Systems of equations will be solved graphically and algebraically.

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Credits

4

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Prerequisite

Successful completion of Continuing Education Intermediate Math OR MATH 060 AND

ENGL 093 OR appropriate scores on the Mathematics and English placement tests

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Hours Weekly

4 hours computer-based instructional lab, 1.5 hours recitation weekly
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Course Objectives

- 1. Apply the laws of exponents to algebraic expressions.

- 2. Evaluate algebraic expressions.
- 3. Classify polynomials.

- 4. Add and subtract polynomials.

- 5. Solve various linear equations.
- 6. Solve linear inequalities and graph the solution on a number line.

- 7. Solve literal equations for a specified variable.

- 8. Solve single variable application problems involving linear equations and inequalities.

- 9. Write a linear equation from information given.
- 10. Graph a line using the slope-intercept form of a linear equation.

- 11. Solve a system of linear equations in two variables.

- 12. Solve application problems in two variables.
- 13. Solve various geometry problems using area and perimeter.

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Course Objectives

1. Apply the laws of exponents to algebraic expressions.

2. Evaluate algebraic expressions.

3. Classify polynomials.

4. Add and subtract polynomials.

5. Solve various linear equations.

6. Solve linear inequalities and graph the solution on a number line.

7. Solve literal equations for a specified variable.

8. Solve single variable application problems involving linear equations and inequalities.

9. Write a linear equation from information given.

10. Graph a line using the slope-intercept form of a linear equation.

11. Solve a system of linear equations in two variables.

12. Solve application problems in two variables.

13. Solve various geometry problems using area and perimeter.