**COURSE DESCRIPTION:**

This course covers topics needed to successfully complete the College
Mathematics course.

Topics include: polynomials and exponents, factoring and solutions of quadratic
equations,

rational expressions and equations, and linear equations. This course will
prepare students for the

general education requirement in mathematics. Beginning Algebra fulfills three
of the credits

need for the 120-credit graduation requirement, but cannot be used to fulfill
the mathematics

general education requirement. This course may not be taken for credit after
successfully

completion of a higher level math course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Recognize and accurately use algebraic terminology.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic algebraic properties and operations.

3. Graph and solve simple linear equations and inequalities.

4. Understand exponentiation and scientific notation and their uses.

5. Use polynomial operations.

6. Solve quadratic and rational equations

**REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:**

1. Textbook:

Beginning Algebra with Applications, Sixth Edition, 2004

Authors: Aufmann, Barker and Lockwood

Publishers: Houghton-Mifflin

2. Scientific Calculator

3. Syllabus

You may purchase your textbook through MBS Direct by calling their toll free
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325-3252 or through the UIU homepage – www.uiu.edu. Click on the link called
Resources for

Center, External Degree and Online Program learners. Follow the link and select
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Degree for your location.

**OPTIONAL COURSE MATERIAL:
**

Student Solution Manual

Math review- Chapter 1-6 - The following concepts and their applications will be covered: basic

algebra including real numbers, variable expressions and solving single and two variable

equations.

Chapter 7 – The following concepts and their applications
will be covered: algebraic

manipulation of polynomials, exponentials and scientific notation.

Chapter 8 - The following concepts and their applications will be covered:
factoring polynomials

and solving equations using factoring.

Chapter 9 - The following concepts and their applications will be covered:
algebraic

manipulation of rational expressions and solving rational equations.

Chapter 10- The following concepts and their applications will be covered:
algebraic

manipulation of radical expressions and solving radical equations.

Chapter 11- The following concepts and their applications will be covered:
solving quadratic

equations.

**COURSE OVERVIEW:**

The course will proceed as follows:

Unit One - Chapter 1-6 Review

Unit Two- Chapter 7

Unit Three: Terms Test 1 - First proctored test over chapter 1-6 review and
chapter 7

Unit Four -Chapter 8

Unit Five: Terms Test 2 – Second proctored test over chapters 7 and 8

Unit Six - Chapter 9

Unit Seven: Terms Test 3 – Third proctored test over chapters 7-9

Unit Eight - Chapters 10 and 11

Unit Nine :Final exam - Final proctored exam over chapters 7-11

Read each section and work the illustrated examples. Complete the assigned
problems as stated

for each section, following the directions provided by the text. In order to
receive a grade,

assignments must be submitted in Unit form with the appropriate cover sheet.

**ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION:**

The assignment sheets list the category or type of problems within each section
of a chapter, and

the corresponding problem numbers of that category at the end of the section. It
is advisable to

do as many of the problems in each category you can until you have mastered
those types of

problems. The odd problems have answers in the back of the book for your
guidance. Only a

selection of those problems will be graded, they are indicated in the right hand
column. All of the

assigned problems are multiple choice with possible answers given in this
workbook. To choose

an answer circle the correct letter at the appropriate position on the answer
sheet provided. Each

assignment is worth 5% of your final grade. Because there are free response
questions on the

tests and exam, you should always calculate your answer first, and then see
which option it

corresponds to, rather than just seeing which of the options works.