College Algebra
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Math requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Functions, polynomials, theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, systems of linear equations, sequences & series. This class may be taken in the same semester with Math 111.
DESCRIPTION: This course prepares the student for studying Calculus 119, Statistics, and a variety of courses in other disciplines. If Math 111 - Trigonometry - is also taken, a student is prepared to take Math 112 -Calculus I

TOPICS: Basic Concepts: Properties of the real-number system, manipulations of algebraic expressions, the solution of equations and inequalities, and the solution of applied problems.

Functions: Representation of functions using graphical, numerical, and algebraic methods. Function notation, domains, ranges, symmetry, translations, and modeling application problems. Types of functions such as polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential.

Systems of Equations: Writing and solving simple linear and non-linear systems

Additional Concepts - -
Additional topics are treated at the discretion of each instructor depending on the time available. These topics include but are not limited to: matrix algebra, conic sections, sequences, series, and combinatorics.

OBJECTIVES: Service the needs of other departments; develop within each student the ability to use mathematics as a tool in solving problems.
(i.e. develop the critical thinking process)
REQUIREMENTS: Students are required to purchase their own text and a graphing calculator. Students must attend class and complete other assignments as determined by their instructor.
PREREQUISITES: Two years of high school algebra or Math 101 with a grade of "B" or higher. You must also achieve a satisfactory score on the placement exam. The placement exam will cover topics from high school algebra II and will be offered during the first week of class. A practice exam is available on the web.
OTHER: Instructors use calculators in varying degrees. Some demonstrate with them each day while others refer to them only occasionally. All instructors expect students to know how to process the math by hand as well as with the calculator.