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# MATH 1050 - Intermediate Algebra

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: Acceptable course recommendation/placement method

(formerly MATH-1000)

This course in intermediate algebra includes expressions and equations containing quadratic, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic terms; rational and quadratic inequalities; complex numbers; graphs of parabolas; and an introduction to functions and functional notation. Credit may be earned in MATH-1050 or MATH-1050X, but not both.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.

Objectives: Students will perform the following without the use of a calculator:

1. Solve absolute value equations.
2. Solve absolute value inequalities.
3. Determine when an absolute value or inequality has no solution or infinite solutions.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to evaluate functions.

Objectives: Students will perform the following without the use of a calculator:

1. Determine when a relation is a function.
2. Evaluate functions.
3. Find domain and range of a function.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to solve rational equations.

Objectives: Students will perform the following without the use of a calculator:

1. Simplify rational expressions.
2. Add and subtract rational expressions with like and unlike denominators.
3. Multiply and divide rational expressions.
4. Simplify complex fractions.
5. Solve rational equations and check for extraneous solutions.
6. Solve applications with rational equations.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to solve radical equations.

Objectives: Students will perform the following without the use of a calculator:

1. Use properties of rational exponents.
2. Convert rational exponents to radical form and vice versa.
3. Simplify and perform basic operations on radicals.
4. Solve equations with rational exponents and radicals.
5. Perform basic operations on complex numbers.
6. Find the distance between two points using the distance formula.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to solve quadratic equations.

Objectives: Students will perform the following without the use of a calculator:

1. Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, square root property, and quadratic formula.
2. Solve equations in quadratic form.
3. Solve applications with quadratic equations.
4. Find the vertex of a parabola and graph.
5. Solve quadratic and rational inequalities.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to solve logarithmic and exponential equations.

Objectives: Students will perform the following without the use of a calculator:

1. Convert expressions from exponential form to logarithmic form and vice versa.
2. Evaluate logarithms.
3. Use properties of logarithms to expand and condense logarithmic expressions.
4. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
5. Solve applications using exponential and logarithmic equations.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
1. Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
1. Equations
2. Inequalities
1. Functions
1. Relations
2. Vertical Line Test
3. Evaluate functions
4. Domain and range
2. Rational Expressions and Equations
1. Simplify rational expressions
2. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide
3. Simplify complex fractions
4. Rational equations
5. Applications
3. Exponents, Radicals and Complex Numbers
1. Rational exponents
5. Complex numbers
6. Use distance formula
1. Factoring
2. Square Root Property
3. Completing the square
2. Solve equations in quadratic form
3. Applications
4. Solve quadratic and rational inequalities
5. Graph parabolas
1. Exponentials and Logarithms
1. Convert between exponential and logarithmic forms
2. Evaluate logarithms
3. Expand and condense logarithmic expressions
4. Solve exponential and logarithmic equations
5. Applications

Primary Faculty
Friday, David
Secondary Faculty
Chapman, Lori
Associate Dean
McMillen, Lisa
Dean
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088