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Home > Resources > Math > Courses > MATH 103 > Objectives

MATH 103: Fundamentals of College Algebra

Course Description

MATH 103 is a course in College Algebra. It extends topics introduced in the elementary algebra sequence and prepares students for precalculus. Instruction includes units on algebraic simplification of polynomial, rational, exponential, and radical expressions, as well as solving equations and inequalities involving absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, and radical expressions, and the graphing of lines and parabolas. The topic of functions is introduced early in the course and is integrated in the subject matter throughout the course. A scientific calculator is required.

Upon successful completion of MATH 103, the student should be able to:

  • Add, subtract, and multiply polynomial expressions.
  • Factor polynomial expressions.
  • Divide polynomial expressions using synthetic division.
  • Determine if a mathematical relation is a function.
  • Find the domain of polynomial, rational, and radical functions.
  • Simplify, add, subtract, multiply and divide rational expressions.
  • Simplify, add, subtract, multiply, and divide exponential expressions with rational exponents, and radical expressions with an index of 3 or higher.
  • Solve linear and absolute value equations and inequalities.
  • Solve quadratic and rational inequalities.
  • Solve quadratic, rational and radical equations.
  • Solve a 3 X 3 system of linear equations.
  • Solve equations that are quadratic in form.
  • Determine the equation of a line (including lines parallel or perpendicular to a given line).
  • Graph a parabola, a system of 2 X 2 equations and inequalities, and graph square root and cube root functions.
  • Model and solve problems involving systems of linear equations (2 X 2 and 3 X 3), polynomial equations with Rational solutions, and quadratic and rational equations with Real solutions.
  • Solve compound inequalities.
  • Solve problems involving direct, inverse, and combined variation.

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