Second course in a three-course sequence in algebra. Review of graphing lines. An introduction to solving systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomial expressions, square roots, zeros of polynominals, quadratic equations, and graphs of parabolas.Prerequisite: A passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam or a grade of C or higher in MATH 104 or a score of 19 or higher on the math portion of the ACT or a score of 460 or higher on the math portion of the SAT.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
A passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam or grade of C or higher in MATH 104 or a score of 19 or higher on the math portion of the ACT or a grade of 460 or higher on the math portion of the SAT.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
A TI-84 calculator is required for this course. This calculator will be allowed on most assessment opportunities in this course.
A variety of textbooks deal with the subject of beginning intermediate algebra. Most are satisfactory if they cover the areas under the Topical Outline. Examples include:
Introductory Algebra for College Students
By Blitzer, R. (Prentice-Hall) Recommended
Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
By Bittenger, et al. (Addison-Wesley) Recommended
To communicate mathematically in both written and verbal forms.
To reason with symbolic and graphical representations.
To use mathematics to solve real-world problems.
To use technology, such as graphing calculators and computers, to enhance mathematical understanding.
Graph lines and parabolas in the plane.
Find and interpret the slope and intercepts of a line.
Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and elimination.
Solve real-world problems using equations and systems of equations.
Apply rules of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.
Use scientific notation.
Evaluate and simplify square roots.
Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials.
Use factoring to find the zeros of polynomials.
Solve quadratic equations using factoring and the quadratic formula.
Solve real-world problems using polynomial equations.
Connections to real-world applications should be incorporated throughout the coverage of the following topics:
Review of lines: graphs, slope, intercepts, finding equations
Solve systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and addition methods
Rules of exponents, negative exponents, and scientific notation
Square roots and their simplification
Introduction to polynomials
Polynomial addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Factoring and zeros of polynomials
Introduction to quadratic equations and functions
Solve quadratic equations using factoring and the quadratic forumula
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.