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MATH 097 Introductory Algebra I • 5 Cr.




Introduces basic algebra skills for students with little or no background. Topics include signed numbers and perimeter, area, and volume of basic geometric figures. Introduces algebraic expressions, linear equations, integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, radicals, and graphing, as well as applications and model building. Recommended: Basic arithmetic skills.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and decimals
  • Convert a decimal to a fraction and a fraction to a decimal
  • Convert a percent to a decimal and a decimal to a percent
  • Compute a percentage from a given problem
  • Calculate the missing side of a right triangle using the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Calculate numerical square roots
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide real numbers (signed numbers)
  • Simplify a numerical expression using the order of operations
  • Simplify algebraic expressions by removing parentheses and combining like terms
  • Solve linear equations
  • Set up and solve application problems using linear equations
  • Interpret inequality notation
  • Plot ordered pairs on a rectangular coordinate system
  • Compute the slope of a line, given two ordered pairs
  • Interpret the meaning of slope in applied contexts16. Graph a line from an equation
  • Interpret data from a tables
  • Identify the solution(s) to a system of equations from graphed lines
  • Solve a system of linear equations graphically
  • Simplify exponential expressionss (with interger exponents) using the laws of exponents
  • Convert scientific notation to numerical form and numerical form to scientific notation
  • Add, subtract and multiply polynomials; divide polynomials by monomials
  • Identify common factors and factor basic quadratic trinomials
  • Solve quadratic equations by factoring
  • Extract information from symbolic quadratic models



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