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Course Content and Outcome Guide for ALC 65B

Course Number:
ALC 65B
Course Title:
Math 65 Lab - 1 credit
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
$12.00

Course Description

Provides a review of individually chosen topics in Introductory Algebra-2nd Term (Math 65). Requires a minimum of 30 hours in the lab. Completion of this course does not meet prerequisite requirements for other math courses.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Choose and perform accurate algebraic computations in a variety of situations with and without a calculator.
  • Creatively and confidently apply algebraic problem solving strategies.
  • Be prepared for future course work.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment shall include at least two of the following measures:
1. Tests
2. Attendance
3. Portfolios
4. Individual student conference

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Introductory Algebra II (MTH 65)
THEMES:
1. Functions
2. Graphical understanding
3. Algebraic manipulation
4. Number sense
5. Problem solving
6. Applications, formulas, and modeling
7. Critical thinking
8. Effective communication
SKILLS:
1.0 SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS IN TWO VARIABLES
1.1 Solve and check systems of equations graphically and using the substitution and addition
methods
1.2 Create and solve real-world models involving systems of linear equations in two variables
1.2.1 Properly define variables; include units in variable definitions
1.2.2 Apply dimensional analysis while solving problems
1.2.3 State contextual conclusions using complete sentences
1.2.4 Use estimation to determine reasonableness of solution
2.0 WORKING WITH ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSIONS
2.1 Apply the rules for integer exponents
2.2 Work in scientific notation and demonstrate understanding of the magnitude of the
quantities involved
2.3 Add, subtract, multiply, and square polynomials
2.4 Divide polynomials by a monomial
2.5 Understand nonvariable square roots
2.5.1 Simplify using the product rule of square roots
2.5.2 Recognize like radical terms
2.5.3 Rationalize denominators
2.5.4 Estimate square roots
3.0 FACTORING POLYNOMIALS
3.1 Factor the greatest common factor from a polynomial
3.2 Factor a polynomial of four terms using the grouping method
3.3 Factor trinomials that have leading coefficients of 1
3.4 Factor trinomials that have leading coefficients other than 1
3.5 Factor differences of squares
3.6 Recognize and factor sums and differences of cubes
4.0 QUADRATIC EQUATIONS IN ONE VARIABLE
4.1 Solve quadratic equations using the zero product principle (factoring)
4.2 Solve quadratic equations using the square root property (see Section 2.5)
4.3 Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula (see Section 2.5)
4.4 Make choices about the appropriate method to use when solving a quadratic equation
4.5 Understand that the solutions satisfy the original equation by checking the solutions
4.6 Distinguish between a linear and a quadratic equation and be able to solve both kinds of
equations when mixed up in a problem set
4.7 Create and solve real-world models involving quadratic equations
4.7.1 Properly define variables; include units in variable definitions
4.7.2 Apply dimensional analysis while solving problems
4.7.3 State contextual conclusions using complete sentences
4.7.4 Use estimation to determine reasonableness of solution
5.0 QUADRATIC EQUATIONS IN TWO VARIABLES
5.1 Identify a quadratic equation in two variables
5.2 Create a table of solutions for the equation of a quadratic function
5.3 Emphasize that the graph of a parabola is a visual representation of the solution set to a
quadratic equation
5.4 Graph quadratic functions by finding the vertex and plotting additional points without
using a graphing calculator
5.5 Algebraically find the vertex, axis of symmetry, and vertical and horizontal intercepts and
graph them by hand
5.5.1 The vertex as well as the vertical and horizontal intercepts should be written as
ordered pairs
5.5.2 The axis of symmetry should be written as an equation
5.6 Determine whether quadratic functions are concave up or concave down based on their
equations
5.7 Create, use, and interpret quadratic models of real-world situations algebraically and
graphically
5.7.1 Evaluate the function at a particular input value and interpret its meaning
5.7.2 Given a functional value (output), find and interpret the input
5.7.3 Interpret the vertex using proper units
5.7.4 Interpret the vertical intercept using proper units
5.7.5 Interpret the horizontal intercept(s) using proper units
6.0 RELATIONS AND FUNCTIONS
6.1 Use the definition of a function to determine whether a given relation represents a function
6.2 Determine the domain and range of a function given as a graph or as a table
6.3 Apply function notation in graphical, algebraic, and tabular settings
6.3.1 Understand the difference between the input and output
6.3.2 Identify ordered pairs from function notation
6.3.3 Given an input, find an output
6.3.4 Given an output, find input(s)
6.4 Interpret function notation in real world applications
6.4.1 Evaluate the function at a particular input value and interpret its meaning
6.4.2 Given a functional value (output), find and interpret the input