Feb 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MATH 136 - College Algebra

PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or successful completion with a grade of “C” or higher of MATH 043 - Intermediate Algebra  

Presents an in-depth study of functions, quadratic, polynomial, radical, and rational equations, radicals, complex numbers, absolute value equations and inequalities, rational fractions and exponential and logarithmic functions. MATH 136 and MATH 137  together comprise a standard two-semester college algebra and trigonometry course.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be expected to:

  1. Determine, evaluate, and graph functions using techniques of transformations.
  2. Simplify and perform operations on complex numbers.
  3. Solve radical equations including equations that contain two or more radicals.
  4. Solve rational and absolute value equations and inequalities.
  5. Solve quadratic equations and inequalities using multiple techniques, solve equations that are quadratic in form using u-substitution, and determine the vertex to graph a quadratic function.
  6. Apply the properties of logarithms to solve exponential and logarithmic equations.
  7. Solve polynomial equations and sketch polynomial functions
  8. Sketch exponential and logarithmic functions.
  9. Sketch rational functions using intercepts and asymptotes.
  10. Determine composite and inverse functions.
  11. Use function notation, determine domain of functions, find properties of functions (increasing, decreasing, maximum and minimum) and simplify difference quotients.
  12. Solve a variety of application problems in the above areas.
  13. Use a scientific and/or graphing calculator proficiently as related to coursework.
  14. Use computer technology which may include the Internet, the Web, e-mail or computer tutorials to enhance the course objectives.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Radicals and rational expressions
  • Graphs of equations and functions
  • Complex Numbers
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Absolute value equations and inequalities
  • Quadratic, polynomial, rational and radical equations
  • Scientific and/or Graphing Calculator


A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 0-59

This course requires a statewide outcomes assessment

For all course exams, the following conditions must be met:

  • No student-provided materials
  • No open books
  • No take-home

For the final exam:

  • Must be comprehensive
  • Weighted more than a chapter test

Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)