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MAT 086 - Rational Expressions and Equations


Simplify rational expressions by factoring.  Determine the domain of a rational function.  Add, subtract, multiply and divide algebraic fractions.  Simplify complex fractions.  Evaluate complicated formulas using a scientific calculator.  Solve rational equations that reduce to linear or quadratic form.  Solve and evaluate literal equations.  Solve application problems with rational equations.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisite:  MAT 085 Quadratic Equations and Circles

Credits: 0
Hours
1 Class Hour
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Simplify rational expressions by factoring.
2.  Determine the domain of a rational function.
3.  Multiply and divide algebraic fractions.
4.  Add and subtract algebraic fractions.
5.  Simplify complex fractions.
6.  Evaluate complicated formulas including complex fractions using a scientific calculator.
7.  Solve rational equations that reduce to linear or quadratic form.
8.  Solve and evaluate literal equations.
9.  Solve application problems with rational equations.

In the context of the course objectives listed above, upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics.
2.  Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally.
3.  Employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems.
4.  Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.
5.  Recognize the limitations of mathematical and statistical methods.



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