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    Erie Community College
  Dec 15, 2017
Fall 2017 Catalog

MT 006 - Basic Algebra Review

Credit Hours: 3 Not for degree credit

MT006 is intended for students who need a formal review of basic algebraic concepts and whose required mathematics course for their degree is MT111, MT112, or MT116 (Non-STEM majors). By studying the following topics, students will develop, refine, and strengthen problem solving skills and be able to: perform operations on real numbers and algebraic expressions including polynomials; solve linear equations, inequalities, systems of linear equations, define and apply the properties of exponents; define and evaluate functions; graph linear equations with emphasis on slope as a rate of change and intercepts. Real world applications will be introduced throughout the course.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of MT006, the student will be able to:

  • perform fundamental operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) with real numbers;
  • demonstrate an understanding of absolute value, inequalities, additive and multiplicative inverse, associate, commutative distributive properties, and order of operations;
  • evaluate formulas; solve linear equations, linear inequalities, and ratio proportion problems;
  • apply the properties of exponents;
  • perform fundamental operations with polynomials;
  • interpret graphs such as bar graphs, histograms, and scatter plots
  • define a function; use function notation to represent a function numerically and graphically
  • sketch and interpret the graphs of linear equations
  • determine the equation of a line using slope-intercept form (point-slope form is optional)
  • solve systems of linear equations by graphing, addition and substitution methods
  • solve basic square root equations (optional)
  • solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula (optional)
  • demonstrate a "sense of numbers" by determining if a mathematical solution is "reasonable;"
  • present organized written work and show a check to avoid careless mistakes;
  • perform mental arithmetic, use a calculator effectively to solve and check mathematical calculations and determine when each is appropriate; and
  • read critically and think logically when solving application problems.

Technology Objectives:

  • use the arithmetic operations on the scientific calculator to solve algebraic and real world algebraic problems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the keys:

    √n ,x2,yx,π,±,%, (  ) 2nd key/ inv key; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of order of operations on the scientific calculator.

Prerequisites: MT 003 or appropriate college equivalent, and/or appropriate mathematics level code.*
F/S (C, N, S)

*Level code is determined by Mathematics Department placement test and/or successful completion of math courses.

This course does not apply toward an associate's degree.