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    Erie Community College
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
Fall 2017 Catalog

MT 013 - Elementary Algebra


Credit Hours: 5 Not for degree credit

A developmental course designed to refresh arithmetic skills while developing basic algebraic skills in preparing for required mathematics courses. Arithmetic and elementary equations will be continuously reviewed with the following algebraic topics: perations with real numbers; operations with algebraic expressions; linear equations and inequalities; simple word problems; graphing; systems of equations; quadratic equations; operations with radical; and basic calculator skills.

Course Outcomes
Upon completing MT013, the student should be able to:

  • perform fundamental operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) with real numbers;
  • demonstrate an understanding of absolute value, inequalities, additive and multiplicative inverse, associative, commutative distributive properties, and order of operations;
  • evaluate formulas; solve linear equations, linear inequalities, and ratio proportion problems;
  • apply the properties of exponents and perform operations;
  • perform fundamental operations with polynomials;
  • perform common, trinomial, and perfect square factoring;
  • perform fundamental operations with algebraic fractions, simplify complex fractions and solve rational equations;
  • sketch and interpret the graphs of linear equations;
  • determine the equation of a line using slope-intercept and point- slope forms of a line;
  • solve systems of linear equations by graphing, addition and substitution methods;
  • perform fundamental operations with square roots and solve radical equations;
  • solve quadratic equations by factoring and using the quadratic formula;
  • 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 and use a calculator effectively to solve and check mathematical calculations when 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:

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  • demonstrate an understanding of order of operations on the scientific calculator.


Prerequisites: MT 001 or 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.