MATH 98: Elementary Algebra

Class Program
Weekly Contact Hours
Course ID
Meets Degree Requirements For
Not Intended for Transfer, Typically Numbered Below 100.
Topics include solving linear, quadratic (by factoring) and rational equations; solving a linear system of equations; manipulating polynomials (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing); and using exponent properties to simplify expressions. Students will also graph linear equations in two variables, calculate slopes, and find linear functions.
Grading Basis
MATH 93 or higher with a grade of C (2.0) or better, ABE 41 with a B- (2.7) or better, or appropriate placement recommendation

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Review: Unit Analysis
  2. Review: Solve single variable linear equations & inequalities, use interval and set-builder notation for solutions to inequalities
  3. Review: Determine equations of lines.
  4. Review: Exponent properties, Add/Subtract polynomials, scientific notation
  5. Multiply polynomials.
  6. Divide polynomials by monomials & binomials of form (x – a).
  7. Factor polynomials: GCF, factor by grouping, trinomials, difference of squares, sum & difference of cubes.
  8. Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  9. Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Reduce rational expressions.
  10. Solve rational equations.
  11. Solve a 2 X 2 system of linear equations,
    1. Review graphically
    2. Algebraically
  12. Set up and solve system of linear equation applications.
  13. Set up and solve linear, quadratic and rational applications.
  14. Introduce function notation and vocabulary: f(x), domain, range, independent and dependent variables.
  15. Identify domain and range from graph and equation.
  16. Optional: Solve systems of linear inequalities.
  17. Optional: Matrices
  18. Optional: Systems of 3X3 linear equations