# Introductory Algebra

**Course Description
**

Study of sets, properties and terminology of real numbers, absolute value, simplifying

algebraic expressions, integer exponents, graphing and solving linear equations and

inequalities, unit analysis, ratios, rates, and proportions, solving systems of equations,

factoring and performing operations on polynomial expressions, Pythagorean Theorem,

functions, and applications. Graphing calculator required

This course is taught in an independent computer-mediated learning mode. You are

required to utilize the computer for instruction, practice, certifying, submitting homework

and testing. This is not a distance education course. Attendance is required for testing

and your instructor may require attendance for completing other course requirements.

**Text**

Introductory Algebra with Courseware, fifth edition, by D. Franklin Wright.

**Calculator**

A graphing calculator is required.

Other Supplies

Other Supplies

A floppy disk or USB drive may be helpful for saving your access code (instead of

entering it manually) or when completing work off-site.

**Time Requirements**

Your grade does not require that you complete a certain number of hours.

However, a five credit course typically requires a

**minimum of fifteen hours of**

work each week.You should expect to spend at least fifteen hours a week or

work each week.

more on your course. The fifteen hours may include work on the computer

courseware, reading your book or working out problems and studying.

**Learning Objectives**

By the end of the quarter, the student should be able to:

1. Find real solutions for linear equations- using tables, graphs and algebra.

2. Solve literal equations.

3. Simplify expressions involving integer exponents.

4. Simplify, add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.

5. Factor quadratic trinomials.

6. Graph linear equations, derive equations for lines.

7. Use unit analysis to convert measurements.

8. Solve ration, rate, and proportional reasoning problems.

9. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems.

10. Use functions in the form of graphs, tables and linear equations.

11. Solve systems of linear equations.

12. Apply real number properties and order of operation to solve equations.

13. Solve linear inequalities with one variable.

**The following GRCC Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning and Critical
Thinking Outcomes are applicable in this course:**

1. Student provides reasons for the conclusions they reach and assess the

relevance and adequacy of those reasons.

2. Students connect past learning with current topics.

3. Student evaluates and interprets information/data.

4. Student recognizes which processes or methods are appropriate for solving a

given problem, and correctly implements those processes.

5. Student demonstrates the ability to estimate a solution to a presented problem.

6. Student translates data into various formats such as graphs, tables, formulas,

and sentences.

The student will be assessed on these outcomes through participation, tests, quizzes

and homework.