Elementary Algebra

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 070

       Course Name: Elementary Algebra

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MAT 060 or appropriate score on Mathematics Placement Test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students for an intermediate algebra course by covering the fundamental concepts, operations, and applications of basic algebra. Algebraic topics include linear equations and inequalities, polynomial operations, graphing equations and inequalities in two variables, and systems of equations.  Course objectives will be achieved using computer-assisted learning, group discussions, and individual tutoring.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Module 6 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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

Module 6: Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
9.2 The Addition and Multiplication Property of Equality
9.3 Further Solving Linear Equations
9.4 Problem Solving
9.5 Formulas and Problem Solving
2.6 Percent and Mixture Problem Solving
9.6 Solving Linear Inequalities
Module 7: Polynomials
10.1 Exponents
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
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.
13.3 Intercepts
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
13.6 Introduction to Functions
13.8 Direct and Indirect Variation
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

Methods of instruction include one-on-one and/or small group discussion, and required website ancillaries.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Mathematics 060, 070 and 110 are sequential courses with an instructor and an interactive computer website. Students are required to attend class hours. Each course is divided into five modules. Each of the first four modules must be completed with the minimal posttest score of 70%, 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. The student should determine if MAT 080 is required for their course of study. If all module posttests of a course are not successfully completed within a semester, the student will receive an F, and the student can re-enroll in the same course the following semester at the beginning of their first uncompleted module.  

You may not leave the room once a posttest has begun. No electronic devices, other than required calculators, are allowed during the tests. No notes may be used during a test. You may not migrate away from the test to another web site. If you do, the test will be shut down. You may not communicate with anyone during a test.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note:  Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.  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. http://www.oakton.edu/academics/academic_departments/math/student_resources/textbooks/index.php

A scientific or graphing calculator (no CAS like TI Nspire), notebook, and earphones are required. Phones cannot be used as calculators.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

This is a pass/fail course. In order to pass this course, you must complete the following work with the given minimum scores for each of the 5 modules. 

Homework 100% (unlimited attempts – prerequisite for corresponding quiz)

Quizzes 70% minimum (2 attempts before intervention for more attempts - prerequisite for posttest)

Posttests 70% minimum (complete posttest homework at 100% before 2nd attempt, interventions for more attempts) 

If a student does not pass all 5 module posttests with a minimum score of 70% by the last day of class, they will receive a grade of F. 

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

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

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
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.