Course Summary
Credit Type:
14 weeks (75 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 College Algebra


The course objective is to provide students with a working knowledge of college-level algebra and its applications. Emphasis is placed on the solution and application of linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • perform operations on real numbers and polynomials
  • simplify algebraic, rational, and radical expressions
  • solve both linear and quadratic equations and inequalities
  • solve word problems involving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities
  • solve polynomial, rational, and radical equations and applications
  • solve and graph linear, quadratic, absolute value, and piecewise-defined functions
  • perform operations with functions as well as find composition and inverse functions
  • graph quadratic, square root, cubic, and cube root functions
  • graph and find zeroes of polynomial functions
  • perform vertical and horizontal shifts and reflections of a basic graph;
  • perform stretches and compressions on a basic graph
  • transform the graph of a general function
  • graph quadratic functions by completing the square, using the vertex formula, and using transformations
  • solve and graph exponential and logarithmic equations
  • solve systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • model and solve applications using linear systems
  • evaluate and find partial sums of a series
  • evaluate and find sums of arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • solve application problems involving arithmetic and geometric sequences and series
  • applications involving the various types of equations and inequalities

General Topics:

  • Basic algebraic operations
  • Linear equations and inequalities in one variable
  • Polynomial and other equations
  • Functions and graphs
  • Operations on functions and analyzing graphs
  • Graphing polynomial and rational functions
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Exponential and logarithmic equations
  • Systems of equations
  • Sequences and series
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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