MATH124C: College Algebra

Credits 4 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 0 Lecture Hours 4
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Topics include linear, quadratic, and higher degree equations; rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic equations; graphs of functions; models and applications of functions; systems of linear equations; matrices and conic sections; sequences and series; and trigonometry. A graphing calculator is required. (Prerequisite: MATH 122C with a grade of “C” or higher or by recommendation of the Math/Physics Department based on placement testing.) Students who have received credit for MATH 124XC may not also receive credit for MATH 124C.


Students are required to pass prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions apply; please consult your department chair.

Recommendation of the Math/Physics Department based on placement testing.

  • Describe key features of the graphs of functions when given tables, equations, or graphs.
  • Solve equations including: linear, quadratic, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic equations.
  • Perform transformations and algebraic operations (including composition) on functions
  • Solve absolute value inequalities.
  • Solve and graph higher order polynomial equations and functions.
  • Solve systems of equations in two and three variables.
  • Solve right triangles using basic trigonometry.
  • Analyze and graph equations of conic sections.
  • Convert between lists, equations, and sigma notation in sequences and series.
  • Apply function and equation solving skills to real world problems.