MATH 1300 - Fundamentals of Mathematics - University of Houston
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MATH 1300 - Fundamentals of Mathematics

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Course Description:   A survey of pre-college algebra. Topics include signed numbers, operations with algebraic expressions, first degree equations and inequalities in one variable, factoring, the Cartesian coordinate system, systems of first degree equations in two variables solved by graphical and algebraic means, exponents and radicals, an introduction to quadratic equations, and stated problems. This course may not be used to satisfy any degree requirements.

Textbook: Available in electronic form (PDF) through CASA for all enrolled students via an Access Code. For more information regarding access to the book, please view your instructor's syllabus.

*Note: The information contained in this class outline is an abbreviated description of the course. Additional important information is contained in the Departmental Course Policies statement and at your instructor’s personal webpage. You are responsible for knowing all of this information.


1.2 Integers
1.3 Fractions
1.4 Exponents and Radicals
1.5 Order of Operations
1.6 Solving Linear Equations
1.7 Interval Notation and Linear Inequalities
1.8 Absolute Value and Equations

Points, Lines, and Functions
2.1 An Introduction to the Coordinate Plane
2.2 The Distance and Midpoint Formulas
2.3 Slope and Intercepts of Lines
2.4 Equations of Lines
2.5 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
2.6 An Introduction to Functions
2.7 Functions and Graphs

3.1 An Introduction to Polynomial Functions
3.2 Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Polynomials
3.3 Dividing Polynomials
3.4 Quadratic Functions

4.1 Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
4.2 Factoring Special Binomials and Trinomials
4.3 Factoring Polynomials
4.4 Using Factoring to Solve Equations

Rational Expressions, Equations, and Functions
5.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions
5.2 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
5.3 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
5.4 Complex Fractions
5.5 Solving Rational Equations
5.6 Rational Functions


CSD Accommodations:

Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids: The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students who have a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, University of Houston strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an academic adjustments/auxiliary aid, please visit The Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) website at for more information.

Accommodation Forms: Students seeking academic adjustments/auxiliary aids must, in a timely manner (usually at the beginning of the semester), provide their instructor with a current Student Accommodation Form (SAF) (paper copy or online version, as appropriate) from the CSD office before an approved accommodation can be implemented.

Details of this policy, and the corresponding responsibilities of the student are outlined in The Student Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids Policy (01.D.09) document under [STEP 4: Student Submission (5.4.1 & 5.4.2), Page 6]. For more information please visit the Center for Students with Disabilities Student Resources page.

Additionally, if a student is requesting a (CSD approved) testing accommodation, then the student will also complete a Request for Individualized Testing Accommodations (RITA) paper form to arrange for tests to be administered at the CSD office. CSD suggests that the student meet with their instructor during office hours and/or make an appointment to complete the RITA form to ensure confidentiality.

*Note: RITA forms must be completed at least 48 hours in advance of the original test date. Please consult your counselor ahead of time to ensure that your tests are scheduled in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that if you run over the agreed upon time limit for your exam, you will be penalized in proportion to the amount of extra time taken.



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