College Algebra

MTH 173

YC Academy’s College Algebra course provides a comprehensive introduction to the foundations of mathematics typically taught in a traditional college algebra course. This course develops problem‐solving strategies and establishes a foundation for higher levels of mathematics. After exploring a variety of functions and understanding how they are used to model complex phenomena, students will feel empowered with the real-world skills to succeed in math, science, business, and programming.

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Course Outline

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Outcomes/Objectives

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Module #1

Algebra Foundations

  • Multiples
  • Basic Exponent Rules
  • Combining Exponent Rules
  • Scientific Notation

Module #3

Graphing Essentials

  • Solving Inequalities
  • Compound Inequalities
  • Coordinate Plane

Module #5

Functions

  • Relations and Functions
  • Rates of Change and Graph Behavior
  • Shifts and Reflections of Functions
  • Compressions and Stretches of Functions
  • Function Operations
  • Composition of Functions

Module #7

Factoring Polynomials

  • Factoring Using GCF and Grouping
  • Factoring Trinomials: Part 1
  • Factoring Special Product Trinomials
  • Factoring Trinomials: Part 2
  • General Strategy for Factoring Polynomials

Module #9

Solving and Graphing Quadratics

  • Completing the Square
  • Quadratic Formula
  • Graphing a Parabola
  • Graphing Quadratic Functions Using Transformations

Module #11

Polynomial Functions

  • Power and Polynomial Functions
  • Graphing Polynomial Functions
  • Dividing Polynomials
  • Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

Module #13

Exponential Functions

  • Exponential Functions
  • Interest, Growth, and Decay
  • Graphs of Exponential Functions

Module #15

Analytic Geometry (Conics)

  • The Circle
  • The Parabola
  • The Ellipse
  • The Hyperbola
  • Solving Systems of Nonlinear Equations

Module #2

Expressions and Equations

  • Basic Polynomial Operations
  • Multiplying Polynomials and Special Products
  • Solving Equations
  • Intermediate Solving Linear Equations
  • Basic Polynomial Operations

Module #4

Linear Equations and Systems

  • Slope and Lines
  • Find the Equation of Line
  • System of Equations: Graphs and Substitution
  • Systems of Equations: Elimination and Comparing Methods

Module #6

Sequences and Series

  • Sequences and Sequence Notation
  • Arithmetic Sequences
  • Geometric Sequences
  • Series and Series Notation

Module #8

Quadratic Equation Essentials

  • Radical and Rational Operations
  • Square Root Property
  • Solutions of Quadratics Using Factoring

Module #10

Matrices

  • Matrix Operations
  • Solving Systems of Equations Using Matrices
  • Solving Systems of Linear Equations With Three Variables
  • Cramer’s Rule

Module #12

Rational Functions

  • Simplifying, Multiplying, and Dividing Rational Expressions
  • Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  • Rational Functions
  • Inverses and Radical Functions

Module #14

Logarithmic Functions

  • Logarithmic Functions
  • Graphs of Logarithmic Functions
  • Logarithm Rules
  • Solving Logarithmic and Exponential Equations

The student will evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter.

Bloom’s level 4

Solve equations and inequalities.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the effect of transformations and operations on functions.

Bloom’s level 4

Select and apply the appropriate strategies to determine the slope, y-intercept, coordinates, and equation of a line or system of equations.

Bloom’s level 2

Factor, solve, and graph quadratic equations using multiple strategies for each.

Bloom’s level 3

Select appropriate strategies to solve systems of equations with three variables.

Bloom’s level 1

Compare and apply similar techniques to graph polynomial, rational, and radical functions.

Bloom’s level 4

Combine properties and equation solving strategies to evaluate and graph exponential and logarithmic functions, circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

Algebra Foundations

  • Multiples
  • Basic Exponent Rules
  • Combining Exponent Rules
  • Scientific Notation

Module #3

Graphing Essentials

  • Solving Inequalities
  • Compound Inequalities
  • Coordinate Plane

Module #5

Functions

  • Relations and Functions
  • Rates of Change and Graph Behavior
  • Shifts and Reflections of Functions
  • Compressions and Stretches of Functions
  • Function Operations
  • Composition of Functions

Module #7

Factoring Polynomials

  • Factoring Using GCF and Grouping
  • Factoring Trinomials: Part 1
  • Factoring Special Product Trinomials
  • Factoring Trinomials: Part 2
  • General Strategy for Factoring Polynomials

Module #9

Solving and Graphing Quadratics

  • Completing the Square
  • Quadratic Formula
  • Graphing a Parabola
  • Graphing Quadratic Functions Using Transformations

Module #11

Polynomial Functions

  • Power and Polynomial Functions
  • Graphing Polynomial Functions
  • Dividing Polynomials
  • Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

Module #13

Exponential Functions

  • Exponential Functions
  • Interest, Growth, and Decay
  • Graphs of Exponential Functions

Module #15

Analytic Geometry (Conics)

  • The Circle
  • The Parabola
  • The Ellipse
  • The Hyperbola
  • Solving Systems of Nonlinear Equations

Module #2

Expressions and Equations

  • Basic Polynomial Operations
  • Multiplying Polynomials and Special Products
  • Solving Equations
  • Intermediate Solving Linear Equations
  • Basic Polynomial Operations

Module #4

Linear Equations and Systems

  • Slope and Lines
  • Find the Equation of Line
  • System of Equations: Graphs and Substitution
  • Systems of Equations: Elimination and Comparing Methods

Module #6

Sequences and Series

  • Sequences and Sequence Notation
  • Arithmetic Sequences
  • Geometric Sequences
  • Series and Series Notation

Module #8

Quadratic Equation Essentials

  • Radical and Rational Operations
  • Square Root Property
  • Solutions of Quadratics Using Factoring

Module #10

Matrices

  • Matrix Operations
  • Solving Systems of Equations Using Matrices
  • Solving Systems of Linear Equations With Three Variables
  • Cramer’s Rule

Module #12

Rational Functions

  • Simplifying, Multiplying, and Dividing Rational Expressions
  • Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  • Rational Functions
  • Inverses and Radical Functions

Module #14

Logarithmic Functions

  • Logarithmic Functions
  • Graphs of Logarithmic Functions
  • Logarithm Rules
  • Solving Logarithmic and Exponential Equations

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

The student will evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter.

Bloom’s level 4

Solve equations and inequalities.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the effect of transformations and operations on functions.

Bloom’s level 4

Select and apply the appropriate strategies to determine the slope, y-intercept, coordinates, and equation of a line or system of equations.

Bloom’s level 2

Factor, solve, and graph quadratic equations using multiple strategies for each.

Bloom’s level 3

Select appropriate strategies to solve systems of equations with three variables.

Bloom’s level 1

Compare and apply similar techniques to graph polynomial, rational, and radical functions.

Bloom’s level 4

Combine properties and equation solving strategies to evaluate and graph exponential and logarithmic functions, circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas.

Bloom’s level 3

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

The student will evaluate and explain the structure and properties of matter including identifying the function and role of atoms, the periodic table, and nuclear energy as it relates to matter.

Bloom’s level 4

Solve equations and inequalities.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the effect of transformations and operations on functions.

Bloom’s level 4

Select and apply the appropriate strategies to determine the slope, y-intercept, coordinates, and equation of a line or system of equations.

Bloom’s level 2

Factor, solve, and graph quadratic equations using multiple strategies for each.

Bloom’s level 3

Select appropriate strategies to solve systems of equations with three variables.

Bloom’s level 1

Compare and apply similar techniques to graph polynomial, rational, and radical functions.

Bloom’s level 4

Combine properties and equation solving strategies to evaluate and graph exponential and logarithmic functions, circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

Algebra Foundations

  • Multiples
  • Basic Exponent Rules
  • Combining Exponent Rules
  • Scientific Notation

Module #2

Expressions and Equations

  • Basic Polynomial Operations
  • Multiplying Polynomials and Special Products
  • Solving Equations
  • Intermediate Solving Linear Equations
  • Basic Polynomial Operations

Module #3

Graphing Essentials

  • Solving Inequalities
  • Compound Inequalities
  • Coordinate Plane

Module #4

Linear Equations and Systems

  • Slope and Lines
  • Find the Equation of Line
  • System of Equations: Graphs and Substitution
  • Systems of Equations: Elimination and Comparing Methods

Module #5

Functions

  • Relations and Functions
  • Rates of Change and Graph Behavior
  • Shifts and Reflections of Functions
  • Compressions and Stretches of Functions
  • Function Operations
  • Composition of Functions

Module #6

Sequences and Series

  • Sequences and Sequence Notation
  • Arithmetic Sequences
  • Geometric Sequences
  • Series and Series Notation

Module #7

Factoring Polynomials

  • Factoring Using GCF and Grouping
  • Factoring Trinomials: Part 1
  • Factoring Special Product Trinomials
  • Factoring Trinomials: Part 2
  • General Strategy for Factoring Polynomials

Module #8

Quadratic Equation Essentials

  • Radical and Rational Operations
  • Square Root Property
  • Solutions of Quadratics Using Factoring

Module #9

Solving and Graphing Quadratics

  • Completing the Square
  • Quadratic Formula
  • Graphing a Parabola
  • Graphing Quadratic Functions Using Transformations

Module #10

Matrices

  • Matrix Operations
  • Solving Systems of Equations Using Matrices
  • Solving Systems of Linear Equations With Three Variables
  • Cramer’s Rule

Module #11

Polynomial Functions

  • Power and Polynomial Functions
  • Graphing Polynomial Functions
  • Dividing Polynomials
  • Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

Module #12

Rational Functions

  • Simplifying, Multiplying, and Dividing Rational Expressions
  • Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  • Rational Functions
  • Inverses and Radical Functions

Module #13

Exponential Functions

  • Exponential Functions
  • Interest, Growth, and Decay
  • Graphs of Exponential Functions

Module #14

Logarithmic Functions

  • Logarithmic Functions
  • Graphs of Logarithmic Functions
  • Logarithm Rules
  • Solving Logarithmic and Exponential Equations

Module #15

Analytic Geometry (Conics)

  • The Circle
  • The Parabola
  • The Ellipse
  • The Hyperbola
  • Solving Systems of Nonlinear Equations

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