# Prerequisite Skills for MA 15300

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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 |

Set up and solve linear equations and inequalities. |
Solve Basic Linear Equations 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 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 |

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 |

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 |

Simplify radicals, multiply/divide radicals, and solve radical equations. |
Simplify Radicals Go PRACTICE Multiply Radicals Go PRACTICE |

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