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MATH 115 : College Algebra

Credits: 3

Course Description: Topics include basic algebra concepts, linear equations and inequalities, properties of functions, linear and quadratic functions, absolute value equations and inequalities, systems of equations.

Pre-Requisites: Math Placement Test or MATH 125.

Comments: Designed primarily but not exclusively for students seeking a stronger foundation in algebra before taking MATH 129 or MATH 130.

Sample Materials

Topics:
Chapter 1
1.1 Sets. Real numbers, Operations and Distributive law
1.2 Exponential, scientific, and absolute-value notation
1.3 Addition and subtraction of algebraic expressions
1.4 Multiplication of algebraic expressions
1.5 Factoring
1.6 Rational expressions
1.7 Radical notation
1.8 Rational exponents
Chapter 2
2.1 Solving linear equations and inequations
2.2 Rational equations formulas
2.3 Formulas and problem solving
2.4 Complex numbers
2.5 Solving quadratic equations
2.6 Formulas and problem solving
2.7 Solving radical equations
2.8 Equations reducible to quadratic
Chapter 3
3.1 Graphs of equations: linear and non-linear
3.2 Distance formula; circles
3.3 Distance formula: functions
3.4 Lines and linear functions
3.5 Graphs and applications of functions
3.6 Symmetry
3.7 Sums, differences, products, quotients, composition of functions
Chapter 4
4.1 Parabolas and their graphs
4.2 Sets: intersections, union and compound inequalities
4.3 Absolute value inequalities
Chapter 6
6.1 Systems of equations in two variables
Spring 2018 Schedule:

Section Meetings Instructor Comments
001
MWF 01:00pm - 01:50pm
Fuguet, Monique
002
MWF 09:00am - 09:50am
Fuguet, Monique
003
MWF 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Margolina, Alla
004
MW 04:00pm - 05:15pm
Margolina, Alla
006
TuTh 08:00am - 09:15am
Djordjevic, Zorica
007
TuTh 09:30am - 10:45am
Fratto, Thomas
008
TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lehman, Matthew
009
TuTh 12:30pm - 01:45pm
Evans, Ann
01C
F 06:15pm - 09:30pm
Evans, Ann
50C
MW 06:00pm - 07:50pm
Ball, Jonathan


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