SRJC Course Outlines

5/24/2024 10:40:15 AMMATH 151 Course Outline as of Fall 2006

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Discipline and Nbr:  MATH 151Title:  ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA  
Full Title:  Elementary Algebra
Last Reviewed:4/8/2013

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled5.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled87.50
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  175.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course is a standard beginning algebra course, including equations and inequalities in one variable, integer exponents, polynomials, equations and inequalities in two variables, rational expressions, radicals and rational exponents, quadratic equations, and the graphs of parabolas.  Not open to those who have taken MATH 150B with a grade of "C" or better.

Completion of MATH 150A or higher (VE) OR Course Completion of CSKLS 372 ( or CSKL 372) OR Course Completion of CSKL 382

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is a standard beginning algebra course.  Not open to students who have taken MATH 150B with a grade of "C" or better.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of MATH 150A or higher (VE) OR Course Completion of CSKLS 372 ( or CSKL 372) OR Course Completion of CSKL 382
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Solve advanced linear equations and inequalities in one variable and
   their applications.
2.  Evaluate and solve formulas.
3.  Graph linear equations and inequalities in two variables, including
   the slope-intercept method and finding the equation of a line.
4.  Solve systems of equations and inequalities in two variables and
   their applications.
5.  Define a polynomial and perform the operations of addition,
   subtraction, multiplication, division and factoring of polynomials.
6.  Apply the laws of exponents to algebraic expressions.
7.  Simplify and perform operations with rational expressions and
   complex fractions.
8.  Use integer exponents, determine square roots, simplify
   radicals and perform basic operations with radicals, including
   rationalizing the denominators.
9.  Solve rational equations with applications.
10. Solve radical equations.

Topics and Scope
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Instructional methodology may include, but is not limited to:  lecture,
demonstrations, oral recitation, discussion, supervised practice,
independent study, outside project or other assignments.
I.    Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
     A. Linear equations
     B. Applications of linear equations
     C. Linear inequalities
II.   Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
     A. Cartesian coordinate system
     B. Graphing linear equations
         1. Slope-intercept method
         2. Finding the equation of a line
     C. Graphing linear inequalities
     D. Systems of equations in two variables
         1. Solving systems by graphing
         2. Solving systems by elimination
         3. Solving systems by substitution
         4. Applications
     E. Introduction to function notation
III.  Polynomials
     A. Definition
     B. Operations
     C. Factoring
         1. Common factors
         2. Trinomials
         3. Difference of squares
         4. Sum and difference of cubes
         5. Grouping
IV.   Rational Expressions
     A. Simplification
     B. Operations
     C. Complex fractions
     D. Rational equations
     E. Applications
V.    Exponents
     A. Natural number exponents
     B. Laws of exponents
     C. Integer exponents
     D. Rational exponents
VI.   Radicals
     A. Square roots
     B. Simplification
     C. Sums and products of radicals
     D. Rationalizing denominators of square roots
     E. Higher-index radicals
     F. Pythagorean theorem
     G. Radical equations
     H. Applications
VII.  Quadratic Equations
     A. Solution by factoring
     B. Completing the square
     C. Quadratic formula
     D. Applications
VIII. Quadratic Equations in Two Variables
     A. Graphing y = ax^2 + bx + c
         1. Intercepts
         2. Vertex

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1. Daily reading outside of class (approximately 0-50 pages per week).
2. Problem set assignments from required text(s)or supplementary materials
  chosen by the instructor.
3. Exams and quizzes.
4. Projects (for example, calculator explorations and activities).

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 20%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
70 - 95%
Multiple choice, Free response exams, quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Text(s) required of each student will be selected by the department,
a committee of the department, or the responsible instructor from the
books currently available. Choices in the past have included:
Beginning Algebra (4th ed.).  Martin-Gay, Elayn.  Prentice-Hall:  2005.

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