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COURSE NAME AND NUMBER: Elementary Algebra – DSPM 0800



Mathematics Division Fax: 423-585-6873
Division Secretary: 423-585-6864
Office Hours: Posted on office door. Office hours are times the instructor is on campus.
It is recommended that students make an appointment.


Beginning and Intermediate Algebra with Applications and Visualization,
Second edition by Gary K. Rockswold and Terry A. Krieger, published by Pearson/Addison Wesley

REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY: TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator required for course – discuss with
instructor if you own a different graphing calculator


You will also need pencils, a straight edge and graph paper.


This course extends the topics of DSPM 0700 and includes problem solving with algebraic expressions
 including simple trinomial factoring, and linear equations, inequalities, and functions. Satisfactory completion
 of this course allows the student to exit to DSPM 0850 Intermediate Algebra. (Prerequisite: admission is only
by the college assessment and placement procedure or successful completion of DSPM 0700 Basic Mathematics)

3 credits

COURSE OUTCOMES: The student will develop and demonstrate the ability to:

1) Create a table of values and a graph for a given relation.
2) Identify a function given multiple representations of a relation and identify the domain and range.
3) Analyze the graph of a line: identifying the x-intercepts, y-intercepts, and slope including identification of
parallel, perpendicular or coinciding lines.

4) Solve linear equations of one variable using multiple approaches - numeric, graphic, and symbolic,
including equations that involve simplifying first degree algebraic expressions.

5) Solve linear absolute value equations of one variable using multiple approaches.
6) Model linear equations of two variables when given information graphically, numerically or symbolically.
7) Solve systems of linear equations graphically and algebraically (by using substitution and elimination).
8) Solve a linear inequality in one variable.
9) Graphically solve systems of linear inequalities of two variables.
10) Solve real-world application problems that are integrated throughout the course content including
geometric applications as well as formulas and literal equations for a specified variable.

11) Use graphing calculators and/or computers in learning and doing mathematics.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Algebra

1.3 Exponents and Order of Operations
1.4 Real Numbers and the Number Line (Optional – treat as review as needed)
1.5 Addition and Subtraction of Real Numbers (Optional - treat as review as needed)
1.6 Multiplication and Division of Real Numbers (Optional - treat as review as needed)
1.7 Properties of Real Numbers
1.8 Simplifying and Writing Algebraic Expressions

Chapter 2: Linear Equations and Inequalities

2.1 Introduction to Equations
2.2 Linear Equations
2.3 Introduction to Problem Solving
2.4 Formulas
2.5 Linear Inequalities

Chapter 3: Graphing Equations

3.1 Introduction to Graphing
3.2 Linear Equations in Two Variables.
3.3 More Graphing of Lines
3.4 Slope and Rates of Change
3.5 Slope-Intercept Form
3.6 Point-Slope Form (final equations need to be in slope intercept form)

Chapter 4: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables

4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations Graphically and Numerically
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination
4.4 Systems of Linear Inequalities

Chapter 8: Introduction to Functions

8.1 Functions and Their Representations
8.2 Linear Functions
8.3 Compound Inequalities
8.5 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities (equations only)

Upon successful completion of DSPM 0800, the student will enroll in DSPM 0850 - Intermediate Algebra

**Please take DSPM 0850 as soon as possible. Some students delay and forget what they have learned in DSPM 0800. However, state rules do not allow students to drop back and re-take DSPM 0800 after they have passed the course.**


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