EBM4405 ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA
3 Credit Hours
EBM4405 - ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA (3 hrs.)
The student will learn variables, properties of real numbers, polynomials, solving linear and quadratic equations, and graphing linear equations.
A qualifying score on the mathematics placement assessment. This course does not fulfill AS, AA, AAS, or AGS math degree or certificate requirement.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of algebra. Students correctly enrolled in this course and completing the course with an A, B, or C should usually plan to take MTH4421 College Algebra with Review or MTH4410 Intermediate Algebra.
Students completing this course with an A, B, or C should be able to simplify many algebraic expressions, solve single variable equations, graph straight lines on the rectangular coordinate plane, and make applications of algebra to solving elementary real life problems.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.
UNIT 1: Operations on Real Numbers and Algebraic Expressions
Outcomes: Students will review and confirm their ability to perform operations on real numbers, learn to evaluate and simplify expressions using the properties of real numbers, and learn to evaluate and simplify expressions with variable.
- Plot points on the real number line.
- Use inequalities to order real numbers.
- Compute the absolute value of a real number.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers with like signs and with different signs.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers expressed as fractions.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers.
- Use the identity, commutative, and associative properties of addition and multiplication.
- Use the multiplication and division properties of 0.
- Evaluate exponential expressions.
- Apply the rules for Order of Operations.
- Evaluate algebraic expressions.
- Identify like terms and unlike terms.
- Use the distributive property
- Simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms.
UNIT 2: Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
Outcomes: Students will set up and solve equations of the form ax + b = c, ax + b < c, and ax + b > c and translate application problems into equations and inequalities and solve.
- Determine if a number is a solution of an equation.
- Use the addition property of equality to solve linear equations.
- Use the multiplication property of equality to solve linear equations.
- Apply the addition and the multiplication properties of equality to solve linear equations.
- Combine like terms and apply the distributive property to solve linear equations.
- Solve a linear equation with the variable on both sides of the equation.
- Use linear equations to solve problems.
- Use the least common denominator to solve a linear equation containing fractions.
- Solve a linear equation containing decimals.
- Classify linear equations as identity, conditional, or contradiction.
- Use linear equations to solve problems.
- Evaluate a formula.
- Solve a formula for a variable.
- Translate English phrases to algebraic expressions and equations.
- Build models for solving direct translation problems.
- Model and solve direct translation problems from business involving percent.
- Set up and solve complementary and supplementary angle problems.
- Set up and solve angles of triangle problems.
- Use geometry formulas to solve problems.
- Set up and solve uniform motion problems.
- Graph inequalities on the real number line.
- Use interval notation.
- Solve linear inequalities using properties of inequalities.
UNIT 3: Introduction to Graphing and Equations of Lines
Outcomes: Students will master the basic concepts of using ordered pairs of data, graphing on the x-y coordinate plane, and manipulating 2-variable equations.
- Plot points in the rectangular coordinate system.
- Determine if an ordered pair satisfies an equation.
- Create a table of values that satisfies an equation.
- Graph a line by plotting points.
- Graph a line using intercepts.
- Graph vertical and horizontal lines.
- Find the slope of a line given two points.
- Find the slope of vertical and horizontal lines.
- Graph a line using its slope and a point on the line.
- Work with applications of slope.
- Use the slope-intercept form to identify the slope and y-intercept of a line.
- Graph a line whose equation is in slope-intercept form.
- Graph a line whose equation is in the form Ax + By = C.
- Find the equation of a line given its slope and y-intercept.
- Work with linear models in slope-intercept form.
- Find the equation of a line given a point and a slope.
- Find the equation of a line given two points.
- Determine whether two lines are parallel.
- Find the equation of a line parallel to a given line.
- Determine whether two lines are perpendicular.
- Find the equation of a line perpendicular to a given line.
UNIT 4: Exponents and Polynomials
Outcomes: Students will perform the four basic operations on polynomials.
- Define and determine the degrees of monomials and polynomials.
- Simplify polynomials by combining like terms.
- Evaluate polynomials.
- Simplify exponential expressions using the product rule and power rule.
- Simplify exponential expressions containing products.
- Multiply a monomial by a monomial.
- Multiply a polynomial by a monomial.
- Multiply two binomials using the distributive property and the FOIL method.
- Multiply the sum and difference of two terms.
- Square a binomial.
- Multiply a polynomial by a polynomial.
- Simplify exponential expressions using the quotient rule, quotient to a power rule, and using zero as an exponent
- Simplify exponential expressions involving negative exponents.
- Simplify exponential expressions using the laws of exponents.
- Divide a polynomial by a monomial.
- Divide a polynomial by a binomial.
- Convert decimal notation to scientific notation.
- Convert scientific notation to decimal notation.
- Use scientific notation to multiply and divide.
UNIT 5: Factoring Polynomials
Outcomes: Students will factor polynomials.
- Find the greatest common factor of 2 or more expressions.
- Factor out the greatest common factor in polynomials.
- Factor polynomials by grouping.
- Factor trinomials of the form: x2 + bx + c.
- Factor out the GCF, then factor x2 + bx + c.
- Factor trinomials of the form: ax2 + bx + c.
- Factor perfect square trinomials.
- Factor the difference of two squares.
- Factor the sum or difference of two cubes.
- Factor polynomials completely.
- Solve quadratic equations using the zero-product property.
- Solve polynomial equations of degree three or higher using the zero product property.
- Model and solve problems involving quadratic equations.
- Model and solve problems using the Pythagorean Theorem.
UNIT 6: Rational Expressions and Equations
Outcomes: Students will be able to simplify rational expressions and solve equations with rational expressions.
- Evaluate a rational expression.
- Determine undefined values of a rational expression.
- Simplify rational expressions.
- Multiply rational expressions.
- Divide rational expressions.
- Add and subtract rational expressions with a common denominator.
- Add and subtract rational expressions with opposite denominators.
- Find the least common denominator of two or more rational expressions.
- Use the LCD to write equivalent rational expressions.
- Add and subtract rational expressions with unlike denominators.
- Solve equations containing rational expressions.
- Model and solve ratio and proportion problems.
- Model and solve problems with similar figures.
UNIT 7: Roots and Radicals
Outcomes: The student will be able to simplify radical expressions and solve equations with radical expressions.
- Evaluate square roots.
- Find square roots of variable expressions.
- Use the product rule to simplify square roots of constants.
- Use the product rule to simplify square roots of variable expressions.
- Use the quotient rule to simplify square roots of constants and variable expressions.
UNIT 8: Quadratic Equations
Outcomes: Students will solve quadratic equations and application problems involving quadratic equations.
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Scientific calculator is required. A Graphing calculator is highly recommended.
Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
A minimum 40% of the course grade shall consist of proctored assessment(s) of which at least 20% of the course grade shall include a comprehensive departmental final exam.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
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Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.