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The information and materials presented here are intended to provide a description of the course goals for current and prospective students as well as others who are interested in our courses. It is not intended to replace the instructional policies and course materials presented in class. 

Every effort is made to update this information on a routine basis. However, if you have questions about enrollment, purchasing materials, and prerequisite skills, please check with your advisor or instructor.

Course Description

Current Sections

​Additional Course Description: 

This is a non-college credit mathematics course designed to help you prepare for future mathematics courses, specifically Math 115, Math 117 and Math 114. In this course you will have the opportunity to acquire both a conceptual and procedural understanding of algebra. This knowledge will serve you well because algebra is the basic language through which all mathematical and scientific concepts are communicated. While this course does not count toward your required credits for graduation, your course grade does appear on your transcript and will indicate your efforts toward acquiring a degree at the University of Delaware.

The major goals of this course are to:

  1.     Improve your algebraic skills and understandings
  2.     Be able to read, interpret, and construct graphs
  3.     Improve your problem-solving skills
  4.     Develop your ability to read and learn mathematics from a textbook
  5.     Learn more about where and how mathematics is used in the real world

Course Content: 

The following list illustrates the topics intended for coverage in a typical semester. Your instructor may cover these topics in a different order or may add topics if necessary.

1. Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities

• Formulas 

• Applications

2. Functions and Relations

• Definition

• Finding Domain and Range

• Set and Interval Notation

3. Linear Functions

• Graphs and Slope

• Writing Equations of Lines and Applications

4. Systems of Equations in Two Variables 

• Solving Systems using the Substitution Method

• Solving Systems using the Elimination Method

• Applications involving Systems of Equations

5. Polynomial Expressions

• Properties of Exponents

• Addition and Subtraction

• Multiplication

• Factoring (General)

• Factoring (Special Products)

• Solving Equations using Factoring

6. Rational Expressions and Equations

• Simplification

• Addition and Subtraction

• Multiplication and Division

• Complex Fractions

• Solving Rational Equations

• Applications of Rational Equations

7. Radical Expressions and Functions

• Working with Rational Exponents

• Simplification of Radical Expressions

• Addition and Subtraction

• Multiplication and Division

• Rationalizing Denominators

8. Quadratic Equations

• Square Root Property

• Quadratic Formula

Required Math Placement Test Level: G For more information regarding math placement please see the Math Placement Exam page.

Additional Prerequisite Discussion: 

In order to succeed in this course, students must have some basic algebra and arithmetic skills. Experience has shown those students who enroll without some basic knowledge will not succeed. 

The following document indicates the types of problems you should be able to complete. Much of this material is covered in an arithmetic or Algebra I high school math course. However, high school curriculums vary so you may find this document helpful when making a decision.

If you do not have these skills or need more information, you may need to enroll in a community college math course with a course title of Algebra.

Prerequisite Skills Example Document: MATH 010 Prerequisite Skills Examples 

Textbooks: The following are the textbooks typically used in this course. Other University of Delaware campuses may use different textbooks. Students should wait until the first day of class to ensure the appropriate textbook and other course materials are purchased.

Miller, O'Neill, Hyde, Intermediate Algebra, McGraw-Hill, Third edition.

Calculator Requirement: 

A scientific calculator will be used. Graphing calculators such as the TI-83 or TI-83 plus are optional but may not be allowed on exams and other course assessments. 

Course Format: 

Fall/Spring semester: In most cases, during the fall and spring semesters, the course meets three hours per week in either a MWF or Tues/Thur course format.

Assessment activities generally include tests or quizzes or other course activities as determined by the instructor. The number of exams can vary but is generally two or three exams and a final exam. Usually a cumulative final exam is administered and may be a common final if a number of sections of the course are offered.

Tutorial Resources: 

​There are several campus resources that provide additional assistance.​

Math Tutorial Site: This site provides free drop-in tutorial assistance for students enrolled in this course. It is staffed by qualified math and math education majors. Students are encouraged to use this resource to get assistance on mathematical questions. More information about the Math Tutorial Site can be found at the webpage: Tutorial Lab

​Academic Enrichment Center: Located at 148-150 South College Avenue, this site provides a number of different course resources for students. Please visit their web site for more information:

Satellite Campus Information: Students enrolled at other campuses should contact the math faculty for the specific campus for additional information about this course.

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