Math 18  Intermediate Algebra for Statistics and Finite Mathematics
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Course Details 


Description 

Topics include linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations; systems of linear equations and inequalities; sequences and series. The emphasis is on setting up and solving applications of the algebraic material.
Math 18 is designed for students who are required to complete Math 52 only or Math 21 only. If you are unsure which subsequent transfer level math course you need, you should take Math 20. 

Prerequisite 

Math 31 





Textbook 

MartinGaye, Elaine, Intermediate Algebra, Upper Saddle River, Pearson, 2009 

Mathematics Skills Associated With This Course


Entry Level Skills 

Skills the instructor assumes you know prior to enrollment in this course
Perform basic operations on polynomials.
Factor general trinomials at an elementary level
Solve linear equations in a single variable over the rationals
Solve second degree polynomial equations in a single variable over the rationals by factoring
Simplify square roots.
Solve first degree linear inequalities in a single variable
Solve applications involving equations in a single variable.
Solve linear systems of two equations in two variables
Graph first degree equations/ inequalities in one and two variables
Given the description of a graph of a line, write the equation of the line


Course Objectives 

Skills to be learned during this course
 Solve linear inequalities in one and two variables, graph their solution sets, and express the answer in interval notation where appropriate.
 Solve literal equations for a designated variable
 Solve linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic equations.
 Solve systems of linear equations using matrix row reduction
 Graph the solution sets of systems of linear inequalities.
 Given its graph, determine whether a relation is a function and whether it is onetoone, and determine its intercepts and domain and range.
 Graph and determine the domain and range of linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions.
 Use proper mathematical notation to evaluate functions and obtain their inverses.
 Evaluate simple expressions involving summation notation.
 Determine terms of arithmetic and geometric sequences, and evaluate those series using relevant formulas
 Set up and solve practical applications of the algebraic material.
