# MS-096 Elementary Algebra

Course Description: MS 096 deals extensively with the fundamentals of algebra. Topics include the traditional arithmetic areas: fundamental operations of real numbers, polynomials, exponents, factoring, ratio, proportion, linear expressions, solving quadratic equations by factoring, and introduction to graphing.

• This course also meets PLO #(s) 3.1, 3.2, & 3.3 of General Education program.
• Prerequisite Courses: A grade of "C" or better in MS 095, by placement, or permission of instructor.

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding and apply mathematical concepts in problem solving and in day to day activities.
2. Present and interpret numeric information in graphic forms.
3. Communicate thoughts and ideas effectively using proper mathematical  terms.

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs): GENERAL
The student will be able to:

1. Perform arithmetic operations on numbers, terms, expressions, equations and inequalities.
2. Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities.
3. Solve problems involving ratios, proportions, rates, mixtures and multiple unknowns.
4. Perform arithmetic operations on monomials, binomials and polynomials, and be able to factor and graph polynomial expressions
 SLO PLO1 PL02 PLO3 1 ID ID ID 2 ID ID ID 3 I I I 4 ID I I

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs): SPECIFIC
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1.  Perform arithmetic operations on numbers, terms, expressions, equations and inequalities.

 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Strategies 1.1  Graph numbers on a number line. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 1.2  Factor numbers and terms. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 1.3  Add, Subtract, multiply, divide, and exponentiate integers, rational numbers, and expressions. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 1.4  Calculate inverses. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 1.5 Simplify, rationalize, and evaluate expressions with radicals. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 1.6 translate and evaluate word phrases to expressions and equations. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams

General SLO 2.  Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities.

 2.1 Solve linear equations, application problems, inequalities and functions. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 2.2 Graph coordinates, linear equations, linear inequalities and functions. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 2.3  Calculate slope and intercept from  coordinate pairs. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 2.4  Analyze a graph of a line to determine the slope and intercept. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 2.5 Identify the domain and range a function. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 2.6 Find the value of a function. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams

General SLO 3.  Solve problems involving ratios, proportions, rates, mixtures and multiple unknowns.

 3.1 Solve ratio, proportion, percentage, rate, and mixture problems. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 3.2  Translate and solve problems involving percentages. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 3.3 Solve problems involving two and more unknowns. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams

General SLO 4.  Perform arithmetic operations on monomials, binomials and polynomials, and be able to factor and graph polynomial expressions

 4.1  Perform arithmetic operations on monomials, binomials, trinomials and polynomials. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 4.2   Factor monomial, binomial, trinomial, and polynomial expression. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 4.3  Solve quadratic equations by factoring. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams 4.4 Graph quadratic equations and functions. Homework and/or quizzes, and/or exams

D.  COURSE CONTENT

1. Arithmetic operations of real numbers
2. Exponents, roots and order of operations
3. Translating word phrases or sentences to expressions or equations
4. Fractions
5. Arithmetic operations of integers
6. Linear equations and inequalities
7. Composite functions
8. Ratios, proportions and applications
9. Graphing linear equations and inequalities
10. Polynomials
11. Factoring

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
The course will involve the use of lectures, class discussions and worksheets during lab time.  Small groups of cooperative teaching/learning can be utilizedQuizzes, tests, worksheets and a final examination will provide measurement of achievement of course objectives.  Grading is as per the policy in the current college catalog.

F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Carson, Tom, Ellyn Gillespei, and Bill Jordan. (2007). Elementary and Intermediate Algebra. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. (or most recent edition).
Scientific calculator.

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
Students must score at least 70% to receive a passing grade of “C”.

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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