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MTH 086 INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA

MTH 086Introductory Algebra

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  MTH 086 Introductory Algebra

Credit Hours:  4.5            Contact Hours:  4.5          Lecture:  4.5       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  None

Co-requisites:  MTH 086T                                             Concurrent Courses:  None

Calculators cannot be used in this course.

Course Description:  This beginning mathematics course is designed to take students from concrete arithmetic ideas to the more abstract algebraic forms of these ideas.  Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the development of arithmetic and algebraic skill and the application of these skills and concepts to the solution of practical problems.  Topics covered include simplifying arithmetic and algebraic expressions, signed numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, radicals, estimations and geometric applications.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories from arithmetic, algebra and geometry;
  2. utilize various problem-solving and critical-thinking techniques to set up and solve real-world applications; and
  3. communicate accurate mathematical terminology and notation in written and/or oral form in order to explain strategies to solve problems as well as to interpret found solutions.