**Objective: **

To develop students' problem solving skills using techniques of algebra
through numeric , analytic, graphical,

and symbolic approaches . Emphasis is placed on development of skills in applying
algebraic techniques,

critical thinking, working in teams, using graphing calculator s , and
communicating effectively both orally and

in writing.

**Intended for: **

Students other than mathematics , physics, and chemistry majors interested in
improving their algebraic and

problem-solving skills in preparation for taking courses in statistics or
applied calculus; or for students seeking

a quantitative course in general education.

**Prerequisite: **

High school Algebra I and II.

**Text: **

“College Algebra Through Functions and Models,” by Herriott; Thomson
Brooks/Cole Publishing, 2005.

**Calculator: **

A TI 83+, or an equivalent graphing calculator, is required.

**Topics** |
**Weeks** |

**Review**
Review of algebraic fundamentals, applications |
1.5 |

** Linear Equations **
Linear functions & graphs, formulating and solving linear equations |
1.5 |

** Systems of Linear Equations**
Methods for solving systems of linear equations, applications |
1.5 |

**Functions and Models**
Functional notation, graphs and functions, equations and functions |
2.0 |

**Exponents & Logarithms**
Exponential functions , the logarithm function |
1.5 |

**Exp onential and Power Functions**
Finding exponential relationships in data, solving exponential
equations, finding power functional relationships in data |
2.0 |

** Polynomial Equations **
Quadratic functions , higher- order polynomial function |
2.0 |

**Tests, Review, or Optional Topics**
Goodness of fit criteria, modeling with statistics and applications |
2.0 |

**EVALUATION**

Graded written assignments and
quizzes |
25% - 35% |

Two or Three Tests |
50% |

Final Examination |
15% - 25% |

Clear descriptions of thought processes, evidence of
critical thinking, and effective communication must be demonstrated in

written work.

Free tutoring is available for this course in the Spring
and Fall semesters.

**NOTE: **

Once a student has received credit, including transfer credit, for a course,
credit may not be received for any course with

material that is equivalent to it or is a prerequisite for it.