Catalog Description – This is a Beginning through Intermediate Algebra course. This course is intended to develop student proficiency and confidence in basic algebraic skills such as simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations, factoring, and simplifying radical expressions. This course can be used to prepare students for College Algebra as well as to satisfy the general education basic algebra entrance requirement.
Algebra I is a college degree requirement for students who have enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown and have scored at the basic algebra entrance level on the Math Placement Exam.
Calculator Policy - Given that our program emphasizes analytic skills and techniques while not ignoring the usefulness of numerical and graphical methods and the benefits of combinations of techniques, the Mathematics Department has agreed upon the use of certain types of calculators for its courses. For Math 0001, a scientific calculator is required. The students in this class will not be permitted to use calculators on quizzes or exams. We believe that students should have and be able to apply basic arithmetic skills and facts as they relate to the algebraic skills and concepts that are the objectives of this course. For example, to learn simplification of rational expressions students first must be able to simplify arithmetic fractions. Therefore, for much of the course, students are not permitted to use their calculators. However, where applicable, we will show the proper use of the scientific calculator (e.g. order of operations, radical approximations, etc.).