Algebra 1a – mat116 (3 credits)

This course introduces basic algebra concepts and assists in building skills for performing specific mathematical operations and problem solving. Students will solve equations, evaluate algebraic expressions, solve and graph linear equations and linear inequalities, graph lines, and solve systems of linear equations and linear inequalities. These concepts and skills will serve as a foundation for subsequent business coursework. Applications to real-world problems are also explored throughout the course. This course is the first half of the college algebra sequence, which is completed in MAT 117, Algebra 1B.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Systems of Two-Variable Linear Equations (Part 1)

  • Solve systems of linear equations by graphing.
  • Solve systems of linear equations algebraically.
  • Use systems of equations in real-world applications.

Systems of Two-Variable Linear Equations (Part 2)

  • Use systems of equations and inequalities in real-world applications.
  • Solve systems of linear inequalities.


  • Use exponents in algebraic expressions.
  • Apply exponential principles to scientific notation.

Fundamentals of College Algebra Review

  • Review all objectives from Weeks One through Eight.

Graphs and Linear Functions (Part 2)

  • Create a linear equation using data.
  • Use linear functions in real-world applications.
  • Identify representations of functions.

Fundamentals of Algebraic Expressions and Equations

  • Identify variables, coefficients and constants.
  • Simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms.
  • Evaluate expressions.

  • Apply properties of real numbers to algebraic expressions.
  • Translate English phrases into algebraic expressions.
  • Solve problems using order of operations.

Linear Equations

  • Evaluate linear equations.

  • Solve linear equations.

Linear Equations and Inequalities

  • Solve equations using formulas.
  • Solve linear inequalities.
  • Use linear equations and inequalities in real-world applications.

Graphs and Linear Functions (Part 1)

  • Generate graphs.

  • Determine the intercepts of a linear function.
  • Determine the slope of a linear function.

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