Math 140 - College Algebra

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Catalog Description

MATH 140. College Algebra.
(3-1) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on placement exam, 2 years of high school algebra; 1 year of high school geometry
Coordinate geometry, quadratic and polynomial equations, functions, graphing, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse functions, quadratic inequalities. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may not count MATH 140, MATH 142, or MATH 195 toward the General Education Requirement.


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College Algebra Essentials (McGraw-Hill) by Coburn and Coffelt with ALEKS 360
Third  Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0073519708


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Course Outcomes

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to do the following.

(1). Apply algebraic concepts to model and solve real-life situations using linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, root and logarithmic equations and/or inequalities.

(2). Understand and use basic concepts of functions, including domain, range, operations, compositions, and inverses.

(3). Use tables, transformations, critical points, and other characteristics to graph functions, conic sections and parametric equations.

Official Math Department Policies

The Math Department Class Policies page describes the official policies that all instructors have to follow. It covers rules on make-up exams, cheating, student behavior, etc.

Students With Disabilities

If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, you should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) from the Disability Resources office (Student Services Building, Room 1076, 294-6624 or TDD 294-6335, or Please contact your instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.

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