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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.


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


A graphing calculator is required.

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
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.