I. Course Prefix/Number: MAT 070
Course Name: Elementary Algebra
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
Solve and graph first degree equations in one variable.
Solve formulas for specific variables.
Solve applied problems involving first degree equations in one variable.
Solving and graph first degree inequalities in one variable.
Module 7 Objectives:
Simplify expressions using the laws of exponents.
Calculate using Scientific Notation.
Perform addition and subtraction of polynomials.
Perform multiplication of polynomials including some special products.
Perform division of a polynomial by a monomial.
Module 8 Objectives:
Factor out the greatest common factor from a polynomial.
Factor trinomials successfully.
Factor polynomials using the difference of squares.
Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
Module 9 Objectives:
Solve and graph first degree equations in two variables.
Calculate slope and intercepts of linear equations in two variables.
Solve applied problems involving slope.
Solve and graph first degree inequalities in two variables.
Module 10 Objectives:
Recognize and apply concepts involved pertaining to functions.
Solve problems involving direct and indirect variation successfully.
Solve systems of two equations using Graphing, Substitution, and Addition methods.
Recognize and apply concepts regarding applied problems involving systems of two equations.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
9.2 Addition and Multiplication Property of Equality
9.3 Further Solving Linear Equations
9.4 Further Problem Solving
9.5 Formulas and Problem Solving
9.6 Linear Inequalities and Problem Solving
9.7 Percent and Mixture Problem Solving
Module 7: Polynomials
10.2 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
10.3 Introduction to Polynomials
10.4 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
10.5 Multiplying Polynomials
10.6 Special Products
10.7 Dividing Polynomials with Monomials
Module 8: Factoring Polynomials
11.1 The Greatest Common Factor
11.2, 11.3, 11.4 Factoring Trinomials
11.5 Factoring Perfect Square Trinomials and the Difference of Two Squares
11.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
Module 9: Graphing Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
13.1 Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System
13.2 Graphing Linear Equations In Two Variables
13.4 Slope and Rate of Change
13.5 Equations of Lines
13.7 Graphing Linear Inequalities in Two Variables
Module 10: Functions, Direct and Indirect Variation, and Systems of Equations
14.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
14.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
14.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition
14.4 Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Each of the first four modules must be completed with the minimal post-test score as prescribed by the department to proceed to the final module for the course. All course work must be completed in a notebook.
Students may complete a course at any time during the semester. Upon completion of a course, the student can start the next sequential course. A new access code must be purchased at that time. If all modules of a course are not successfully completed within a semester, the student can re-enroll in the same course the following semester beginning with their first uncompleted module.
IX. Instructional Materials
Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found by clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".
Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.
A scientific calculator is required.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
As determined by department and individual instructor.
The following applies to the online section of this course only:
This online course requires that students take their exams as directed by their instructor: either on campus at Oakton's Testing Center, at an authorized testing center with a face-to-face monitor, or remotely through a pre-approved testing service. (To be customized by instructor.)
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.