Course Description
This course will focus on a study of the fundamentals of college level algebra. Topics include: algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, function theory, linear and quadratic functions, polynomials, rational and radical expressions, quadratic equations and inequalities, exponentials and logarithms, and the Conic Sections. (3 credits)
Recommended Prerequisites
 MAT 100: Elementary Algebra or High school Algebra
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
 Use critical analysis and logical thinking skills in problem solving.
 Use algebraic concepts and techniques for higherlevel mathematics courses and mathematically related business courses.
 Use algebraic procedures specifically suited to business applications, including twovariable linear programming.
 Demonstrate skills in problem solving.
 Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of college algebra.
 Demonstrate an understanding of relations and functions.
 Demonstrate an understanding of linear and quadratic functions.
 Solve linear systems of equality and linear systems of inequalities.
 Solve problems using linear programming.
 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 online posttests (one after each of the nine chapters), required meaningful participation in threaded discussion for each chapter, and an online final exam. Students will be assessed in this course through the following:
Assignments  Weight 
Discussions (Weekly)  20% 
Quizzes (Weekly)  20% 
Assignments (Weekly)  30% 
Final Exam (Week 8)  30% 
Total  100% 
Required Textbooks
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
 Kaufmann, Jerome E. and Karen L. Schwitters. Algebra for College Students. 10th ed. Brooks/Cole Publishing, 2015. ISBN10: 130513849X or ISBN13: 9781305138490 [LooseLeaf Version]
Note: This textbook should be purchased New only to obtain the required Access Code. Textbooks must be ordered or reserved at least two weeks prior to the course start date to ensure student success on day one of the course. Late book orders may result in shipping delays.
Course Schedule
Week  SLOs  Topics  Assignments 
1  1,3,5,6   CHAPTER 1: BASIC CONCEPTS AND PROPERTIES
 1.0 Review of Fractions.
 1.1 Sets, Real Numbers, and Numerical Expressions.
 1.2 Operations with Real Numbers.
 1.3 Properties of Real Numbers and the Use of Exponents.
 1.4 Algebraic Expressions.
 CHAPTER 2: EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
 2.1 Solving FirstDegree Equations.
 2.2 Equations Involving Fractional Forms.
 2.3 Equations Involving Decimals and Problem Solving.
 2.4 Formulas.
 2.5 Inequalities.
 2.6 More on Inequalities and Problem Solving.
 2.7 Equations and Inequalities Involving Absolute Value.
  Read Chapters 1 and 2
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

2  1,4,5,7,8,9,10   CHAPTER 3: POLYNOMIALS
 3.1 Polynomials: Sums and Differences.
 3.2 Products and Quotients of Monomials.
 3.3 Multiplying Polynomials.
 3.4 Factoring: Greatest Common Factor and Common Binomial Factor.
 3.5 Factoring: Difference of Two Squares and Sum or Difference of Two Cubes.
 3.6 Factoring Trinomials.
 3.7 Equations and Problem Solving.
 CHAPTER 4: RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS
 4.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions.
 4.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions.
 4.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions.
 4.4 More on Rational Expressions and Complex Fractions.
 4.5 Dividing Polynomials.
 4.6 Fractional Equations.
  Read Chapters 3 and 4
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

3  1,5,7   CHAPTER 5: EXPONENTS AND RADICALS
 5.1 Using Integers as Exponents.
 5.2 Roots and Radicals.
 5.3 Combining Radicals and Simplifying Radicals That Contain Variables.
 5.4 Products and Quotients Involving Radicals.
 5.5 Equations Involving Radicals.
 5.6 Merging Exponents and Roots.
 5.7 Scientific Notation.
 CHAPTER 6: QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES
 6.1 Complex Numbers.
 6.2 Quadratic Equations.
 6.3 Completing the Square.
 6.4 Quadratic Formula.
 6.5 More Quadratic Equations and Applications.
 6.6 Quadratic and Other Nonlinear Inequalities.
  Read Chapters 5 and 6
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

4  1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10   CHAPTER 7: EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES
 7.1 Rectangular Coordinate System and Linear Equations.
 7.2 Linear Inequalities in Two Variables.
 7.3 Distance and Slope.
 7.4 Determining the Equation of a Line.
 7.5 Graphing Nonlinear Equations.
 CHAPTER 8: FUNCTIONS
 8.1 Concept of a Function.
 8.2 Linear Functions and Applications.
 8.3 Quadratic Functions.
 8.4 More Quadratic Functions and Applications.
 8.5 Transformations and Some Basic Curves.
 8.6 Combining Functions.
 8.7 Direct and Inverse Variation.
  Read Chapters 7 and 8
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

5  1,4,7,8,9   CHAPTER 9: EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES IN TWO VARIABLES
 9.1 Synthetic Division.
 9.2 Remainder and Factor Theorems.
 9.3 Polynomial Equations.
 9.4 Graphing Polynomial Functions.
 9.5 Graphing Rational Functions.
 9.6 More on Graphing Rational Functions.
 CHAPTER 10: EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS
 10.1 Exponents and Exponential Functions.
 10.2 Applications of Exponential Functions.
 10.3 Inverse Functions.
 10.4 Logarithms.
 10.5 Logarithmic Functions.
 10.6 Exponential Equations, Logarithmic Equations, and Problem Solving.
  Read Chapters 9 and 10
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

6  1,2,3,5   CHAPTER 11: SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS
 11.1 Systems of Two Linear Equations in Two Variables.
 11.2 Systems of Three Linear Equations in Three Variables.
 11.3 Matrix Approach to Solving Linear Systems.
 11.4 Determinants.
 11.5 Cramer’s Rule.
 11.6 Partial Fractions (Optional).
 CHAPTER 12: ALGEBRA OF MATRICES
 12.1 Algebra of 2 X 2 Matrices.
 12.2 Multiplicative Inverses.
 12.3 _m_ X _n_ Matrices.
 12.4 Systems of Linear Inequalities: Linear Programming.
  Read Chapters 11 and 12
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

7  1,2,4   CHAPTER 13: CONIC SECTIONS
 13.1 Circles.
 13.2 Parabolas.
 13.3 Ellipses.
 13.4 Hyperbolas.
 13.5 Systems Involving Nonlinear Equations.
  Read Chapter 13
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum

8  1,2,3,5   CHAPTER 14. SEQUENCES AND MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION.
 14.1 Arithmetic Sequences.
 14.2 Geometric Sequences.
 14.3 Another Look at Problem Solving.
 14.4 Mathematical Induction.
  Read Chapter 14
 Complete Weekly Quiz
 Complete Final Exam
 Complete Homework Assignment
 Participate in Discussion Forum
 Complete Course Evaluation

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