M 301 Syllabus

COLLEGE ALGEBRA


Prerequisite and degree relevance: May not be included in the major requirement for the Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree with a major in mathematics. In some colleges M301 cannot be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total hours required for a degree. Credit for M301 may NOT be earned after a student has received credit for any calculus course with a grade of at least C-. Mathematics Level I test is not required.

Course description: Topics include a brief review of elementary algebra; linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; polynomials; systems of linear equations; applications. Usually offered only in the summer session.

Text: Durbin, College Algebra, primilimary third edition, McGraw-Hill College Custom Series, 1993
M 301 is the lowest-level "precalculus" course we offer. It should be an honest college algebra course, that is, not an intermediate algebra course (which is offered by community colleges and some four-year colleges and which is often equivalent to second year high school algebra.) This syllabus is written for use in summer school (the only time we offer M 301). It assumes 26 lectures.

  • Chapter 1 Five Fundamental Themes  5 sections 4 lectures
  • Chapter 2 Algebraic Expressions        5 sections 4 lectures
  • Chapter 3 Equations and Inequalities 5 sections 5 lectures
  • Chapter 4 Graphs and Functions         4 sections 4 lectures
  • Chapter 5 Polynomial and Rational Functions    4 sections 4 lectures
  • Chapter 6 Exponential , Logarithmic Functions  4 sections 3 lectures
  • Chapter 7 Systems of Equations, Inequalities   3 sections 2 lectures