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# MATH 050 - Foundations of Algebra

An examination of algebraic skills and concepts intended to prepare students for MATH 130 , MATH 150 , and MATH 165 . Numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches are represented throughout as well as applications. Topics include operations on polynomial and rational expressions, analysis of quadratic and rational functions and graphs, solving quadratic, rational, and radical equations, and graphing and evaluating polynomial and exponential functions. PREREQUISITE(S): Appropriate score on the mathematics assessment test; or concurrent enrollment in MATH 045 ; or consent of the department. Assessment Level(s): ELAI 990 ELAR 980 . Four hours each week.

4 semester hours

FOUR EQUIVALENT CREDIT HOURS. NOT APPLICABLE TO A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE. MAY NOT BE USED TO SATISFY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS. NOT INCLUDED IN GPA CALCULATION.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

• Use properties of exponents to simplify expressions and combine terms.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform operations on polynomials.
• Factor polynomials using the greatest common factor, grouping, and formulas.
• Evaluate functions as well as identify their domains and ranges.
• Find an inverse of linear, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
• Construct graphs of linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
• Solve quadratic, rational, radical equations as well as systems of equations using graphical and algebraic approaches.
• Simplify and perform operations on radical and rational expressions.
• Use technology to graph linear, quadratic, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations and interpret and analyze the graph.

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