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MATH 099 Intermediate Algebra • 5 Cr.




Expands algebra skills through an axiomatic approach. Students work with mathematical systems, solution of equations, inequalities, functions, exponents and logarithms, and coordinate systems. This course is similar to second-year high-school algebra. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment, or MATH 098 with a C or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate expressions using function notation
  • Represent functions using formulas, tables and graphs
  • Write the equation of a line from data
  • Identify parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Solve linear systems in two variables using graphing and algebraic methods
  • Set up and solve application problems using linear systems
  • Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square and the quadratic formula
  • Determine the number of solutions to a quadratic equation using the discriminant
  • Graph a quadratic function and determine it’s vertex and intercepts
  • Set up and solve quadratic application problems
  • Add, subtract, multiply, divide and factor polynomials
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide rational expressions (algebraic fractions)
  • Solve rational equations
  • Set up and solve application problems using inverse variation, direct variation and proportions
  • Simplify radical expressions
  • Solve radical equations
  • Convert from radical notation to rational exponent notation and from exponent notation to radical notation
  • Convert from logarithmic form to exponential form; and from exponential form to logarithmic form
  • Solve exponential and logarithmic equations
  • Graph exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Solve exponential and logarithmic application problems



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