MAT 102: College Algrebra for Nurses

Course Description:

This course provides a study of the fundamentals of college level algebra: a study of algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, function theory, including linear and quadratic functions, polynomials, rational and radical expressions, quadratic equations and inequalities, exponentials and logarithms, and the Conic Sections. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving techniques with special attention given to applications in preparation for higher level math course such as Precalculus and Calculus. It is intended to serve as a first year college math course.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Two years of high school Algebra OR completion of MAT 100 at Charter Oak with a B or higher grade OR an equivalent preparation course. Permission of Instructor may be granted for students who can demonstrate readiness for success in this course.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  1. Use critical analysis and logical thinking skills in problem solving.
  2. Use algebraic concepts and techniques for higher-level mathematics courses and mathematically related business courses.
  3. Use algebraic procedures specifically suited to business applications, including two-variable linear programming.
  4. Demonstrate skills in problem solving.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of college algebra.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of relations and functions.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of linear and quadratic functions.
  8. Solve linear systems of equality and linear systems of inequalities.
  9. Solve problems using linear programming.
  10. Solve problems involving cost, profit functions, maximization and minimization

General Education Outcomes (GEOs):

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading:

This course will consist of nine graded on-line post-tests (one after each of the nine chapters), required meaningful participation in threaded discussion for each chapter, and an on-line final exam. Students will be assessed in this course through the following:

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weekly)

20%

On-line Post-tests (Weekly)

40%

Final Exam

40%

Total

100%


Required Text(s):

  • This course will use an exclusively on-line textbook developed by Content on Demand. It is purchased on-line. Students do not receive a hard copy but may print any pages of the on-line text. For information to purchase an access key using your credit card and refund information, go to http://www.CoDcourses.com/students/BB_CAcst.html.

Course Schedule:

Week

SLOs

Topic(s)

Assignment(s)

1

1, 3
  • Beginning Algebra Review
    • Section 1: Types of Numbers
      Section 2: Order of Operations
    • Section 3: Properties of the Real Numbers
  • Chapter 1: Linear Equations and Inequalities
    • Section 1: Solving Linear Equations
    • Section 2: Formulas
    • Section 3: Sets, Interval Notation, and Linear Inequalities
    • Section 4: Compound Linear Inequalities
    • Section 5: Equations and Inequalities involving Absolute Value
  • Review Course Guide, Table of Contents, and Glossary/Index
  • Read "Beginning Algebra Review"
  • Read Chapter 1 Overview
  • Take Chapter 1 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 5
  • Take all Chapter/Section quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 1 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 1 Summary

2

1, 5, 6
  • Chapter 2: Functions and Graphs
    • Section 1: Relations and Graphs
    • Section 2: Functions and Graphs
    • Section 3: Linear Functions and Their Graphs
  • Read Chapter 2 Overview
  • Take Chapter 2 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 3
  • Take Chapter 2 Sections 1 - 3 quizzes (Not Graded)

3

1, 5, 6
  • Chapter 2: Functions and Graphs (Continued)
    • Section 4: Equations of Lines
    • Section 5: Linear Inequalities
  • Work through Sections 4 and 5
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Take Chapter 2 Sections 4 and 5 quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 2 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 2 Summary

4

1, 4, 7, 8, 9
  • Chapter 3: Systems of Linear Equations
    • Section 1: Substitution and Elimination
    • Section 2: Applications of Linear Systems with Two Variables
    • Section 3: Cramer's Rule
    • Section 3-B: Gaussian Elimination
  • Read Chapter 3 Overview
  • Take Chapter 3 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 3-B
  • Take Chapter 3 Section 1 - 3-B quizzes (Not Graded)

5

1, 4, 7, 8, 9
  • Chapter 3: Systems of Linear Equations (Continued)
    • Section 4: Applications of Linear Systems with Three Variables--Cramer's Rule
    • Section 4-B: Applications of Linear Systems with Three Variables--Gaussian Elimination
    • Section 5: Systems of Linear Inequalities
  • Work through Sections 4, 4-B, and 5
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Take Chapter 3 Sections 4, 4-B, and 5 quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 3 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 3 Summary

6

1, 5, 10
  • Chapter 4: Polynomials
    • Section 1: Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
    • Section 2: Multiplying Polynomials
  • Read Chapter 4 Overview
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Take Chapter 4 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Work through Sections 1 - 2
  • Take Chapter 4 Sections 1 - 2 quizzes (Not Graded)

7

1, 5, 10
  • Chapter 4: Polynomials (Continued)
    • Section 3: Factoring Polynomials
    • Section 4: Dividing Polynomials
    • Section 5: Polynomial Equations
  • Work through Sections 3 - 5
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Take Chapter 4 Sections 3 - 5 quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 4 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 4 Summary

8

1, 5
  • Chapter 5: Rational Expressions
    • Section 1: Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
    • Section 2: Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
    • Section 3: Complex Rational Expressions
    • Section 4: Rational Equations
    • Section 5: Formulas and Applications
    • Section 6: Variation
  • Read Chapter 5 Overview
  • Take Chapter 5 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 6
  • Take all Chapter/Section quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 5 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 5 Summary

9

1, 5
  • Chapter 6: Radical Expressions
    • Section 1: Introduction to Radical Expressions
    • Section 2: Radicals and Rational Exponents
    • Section 3: Simplifying, Multiplying, and Dividing Radical Expressions
  • Read Chapter 6 Overview
  • Take Chapter 6 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 3
  • Take Chapter 6 Sections 1 - 3 quizzes (Not Graded)

10

1, 5
  • Chapter 6: Radical Expressions (Continued)
    • Section 4: Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions
    • Section 5: Solving Radical Equations
    • Section 6: The Complex Numbers
  • Work through Sections 3 - 5
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Take Chapter 6 Sections 3 - 5 quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 6 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 6 Summary

11

1, 7
  • Chapter 7: Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
    • Section 1: Quadratic Equations
    • Section 2: The Quadratic Formula
    • Section 3: Graphing Quadratic Functions
    • Section 4: Applications of Quadratic Equations
    • Section 5: Polynomial and Rational Inequalities
  • Read Chapter 7 Overview
  • Take Chapter 7 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Work through Sections 1 - 5
  • Take all Chapter/Section quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 7 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 7 Summary

12

1, 7
  • Chapter 8: Exponentials and Logarithms
    • Section 1: Inverse Functions
    • Section 2: Exponential Functions
    • Section 3: Logarithmic Functions
    • Section 4: Properties of Logarithms
    • Section 5: Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
    • Section 6: Applications of Exponentials and Logarithm
  • Read Chapter 8 Overview
  • Take Chapter 8 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 6
  • Take all Chapter/Section quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 8 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 8 Summary

13

1, 2, 4
  • Chapter 9: Conic Sections
    • Section 1: Parabolas
    • Section 2: Circles
    • Section 3: Ellipses
  • Read Chapter 9 Overview
  • Take Chapter 9 Pretest (Not Graded)
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Work through Sections 1 - 3
  • Take Chapter 9 Sections 1 - 3 quizzes (Not Graded)

14

1, 2, 4
  • Chapter 9: Conic Sections (Continued)
    • Section 4: Hyperbolas
    • Section 5: Systems of Nonlinear Equations
  • Work through Sections 4 and 5
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Take Chapter 9 Sections 4 and 5 quizzes (Not Graded)
  • Take Chapter 9 Posttest
  • Review the Chapter 9 Summary

15

All
  • Review and Preparation for Final Exam
  • Final Exam
  • Review for Final Exam
  • Take Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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