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Elementary Algebra Outcomes
Course Description:
Prerequisite: MTH 096 with a grade of C or better or an
acceptable score on the current College assessment instrument.
Includes natural numbers, integers, firstdegree equations and
inequalities , special products, factoring, rational expressions
and equations, graphs, and linear systems , exponents, and
quadratic equations . This course was previously MTH 107.
You may receive credit in MTH 107 or MTH 097, but not both.
( Equivalent to first year high school algebra). (450)
OUTCOMES and OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Outcome:
1. Students will develop their skills in number patterns , relationships, and
computation
Objectives:
A. Compute (add, subtract , multiply and divide) with signed numbers
without the use of a calculator.
B. Simplify numerical expressions with multiple operations and grouping
symbols using the order of operations.
C. Simplify rates and ratios.
D. Compute the opposite, reciprocal, and absolute value of a given real
number.
E. Estimate the value of a numerical expression.
F. Identify an approximate answer to an application problem prior to
working it out.
G. Identify the appropriate unit of an answer to a word problem.
Outcome:
2. Students will develop their skills in the computation and recognition of
algebraic expressions .
Objectives:
A. Add, subtract, and multiply polynomial expressions.
B. Simplify algebraic expressions with multiple operations and grouping
symbols using the order of operations.
C. Simplify algebraic expressions using the rules of exponents .
D. Simplify algebraic expressions using the distributive property .
E. Compare and contrast terms and factors .
F. Simplify rational expressions.
G. Factor polynomials by taking out a common factor.
H. Factor trinomials.
I. Factor binomials of the form x^2  y^2
J. Identify an algebraic expression that cannot be factored.
K. Compute the opposite and reciprocal of a given algebraic expression.
L. Identify and give examples of like and unlike terms.
M. Identify and give examples of linear, quadratic, rational, and radical
expressions .
N. Compare and contrast expressions and equations.
Outcome:
3. Student can solve a variety of equations, inequalities, and systems of
equations.
Objectives: Student will:
A. Solve a variety of linear, quadratic (using the factoring method and
the quadratic formula), radical, and rational equations.
B. Verify the solution of an equation .
C. Recognize situations in which an equation has no solution or has
multiple solutions.
D. Solve a variety of linear inequalities.
E. Verify the solution of a linear inequality.
F. Recognize situations in which a linear inequality has no solution or
multiple solutions.
G. Use interval notation, relational symbols ( <, >, ≤, ≥) dimensional
graph, or a verbal description to describe a set of numbers.
H. Solve a variety of systems of linear equations.
I. Verify the solution of a system of linear equations.
J. Recognize situations in which a system of linear equations has no
solution or multiple solutions.
Outcome:
4. Student can recognize and understand concepts related to linear functions.
Objectives: Student will:
A. Solve linear equations algebraically,
graphically, and numerically.
B. Solve systems of linear equations algebraically, graphically, and
numerically.
C. Compute the slope of a line in a variety of contexts.
D. Identify the slope of a line as positive, negative, zero , or undefined.
E. Interpret the slope of a line in context as a rate of change.
F. Compute the yintercept of a line in a variety of contexts.
G. Interpret the yintercept of a line in context as an initial amount.
H. Compute the equation of a line in y = mx + b form in a variety of
contexts.
Outcome:
5. Students will develop their skills in the construction
and interpretation of
Cartesian graphs.
Objectives:
A. Construct the graph of a line if given the
equation of the line.
B. Identify an appropriate scale for both axes when constructing a graph.
C. Approximate one coordinate of a point on a graph is given the other.
D. Identify graphs as linear or nonlinear.
Outcome:
6. Students will develop their problemsolving skills
Objectives:
A. Set up an equation or expression if given a word
phrase.
B. Describe in words the meaning of an expression or equation.
C. Solve a variety of real world problems using the tools of algebra and
mathematical modeling.
Outcome:
7. Students will communicate effectively about mathematics.
Objective:
A. Use mathematics terminology effectively in
writing and speaking.
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