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Prerequisite Skills for MA 15300

MA 15300, MA 15400, and MA 15900 are intended for students who have successfully completed at least two years of high school algebra. Students who are unsuccessful in passing this course typically are those who are unable to do the basic skills shown below. Take a look at the following kinds of problems. If these problems are challenging for you or do not look familiar, discuss your options with your instructor. Based on your major, you may be able to take a course with less prerequisites and higher success rates, such as STAT 125 or MA 140. For free electronic practice of these skills click on GO PRACTICE. These links will also lead to related videos from Khan Academy. Click on General Course Information for MA 153/154/159 (page 3) to find additional practice problems from the text book.

Course Topic

Links to free ePractice (Khan Academy)

Set up and solve linear equations and inequalities.

Solve Basic Linear Equations Go PRACTICE
Solve Multi-Step Linear Equations  Go PRACTICE
Solve One-Step Linear Inequalities  Go PRACTICE
Solve Multi-Step Linear Inequalities  Go PRACTICE

Use function notation. Find the domain and range from a graph.

Use Function Notation Go PRACTICE

Find Domain and Range from a Graph Go PRACTICE

Know your Lines

Select the graph that represents a given slope. Go PRACTICE

Find the slope from a graph using a grid. Go PRACTICE

Find the slope from two points. Go PRACTICE

Slope intuition. Go PRACTICE

Find x- and y-intercepts from a linear graph. Go PRACTICE
Find x- and y-intercepts from a linear formula. Go PRACTICE

Slope-intercept equation from two points. Go PRACTICE

Write the equation of a line (vertical, horizontal, and otherwise) in any form. Go PRACTICE

Graph lines (vertical, horizontal, and otherwise). Go PRACTICE 1  /  Go PRACTICE 2

Find and interpret the rate of change of linear functions.  Go PRACTICE 1  /  GO PRACTICE 2

PointSlope Form to SlopeIntercept Form. Go PRACTICE

Equations of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines. Go PRACTICE
Model a Problem with a Linear Function Go PRACTICE

Solve a systems of two linear equations (having no, one, or many solutions) by graphing, substitution, or elimination.

Solve Systems of Equations by Graphing Go PRACTICE
Solve Systems of Equations by Elimination Go PRACTICE
Solve Systems of Equations by Substitution Go PRACTICE

Simplify expressions with positive integer exponents

Use Properties of Exponents Go PRACTICE

Simplify expressions with negative integer and fractional exponents

Simplify Expressions With Negative Exponents Go PRACTICE 1  /  Go PRACTICE 2
Rewrite Fractional Exponents Go PRACTICE 1 Go PRACTICE 2 Go PRACTICE 3
Manipulate Fractional Exponents Go PRACTICE
Simplify Positive and Negative Fractional Exponents Go PRACTICE

Simplify radicals, multiply/divide radicals, and solve radical equations.

Simplify Radicals  Go PRACTICE

Multiply Radicals Go PRACTICE
Solve Radical Equations  Go PRACTICE 1 / Go PRACTICE 2

Use the Distributive Property of multiplication over addition to expand a polynomial. 

Reverse the process by factoring. Solve quadratic equations by factoring or taking square roots of both sides of the equation or using the quadratic formula.

Multiply Polynomials  Go PRACTICE
Multiply Binomials Go PRACTICE 1   / Go PRACTICE 2
Factor Polynomials Go PRACTICE 1   / Go PRACTICE 2  
Factor Difference of Squares Go PRACTICE
Solving Quadratics by Factoring Go PRACTICE 1 / Go PRACTICE 2
Use the Quadratic Formula Go PRACTICE

Find the Intercepts of a Quadratic Function Go PRACTICE

Simplify rational expressions and find values for which the expression is zero or undefined.

Solve rational equations. 

Simplify Rational Expressions by
... canceling monomial factors. Determine values for which it is undefined. Go PRACTICE

... canceling binomial factors. Determine values for which it is undefined. Go PRACTICE 

... canceling common factors Go PRACTICE
Solve Equations with One Rational Expression Go PRACTICE
Solve Equations with Two Rational Expressions Go PRACTICE

Rounding Numbers

Round Decimals Go PRACTICE

Work the above suggested problems to make sure you have the tools you need to succeed.

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