Purpose of Early College Algebra

When I was still teaching I would regularly remind my Algebra students that the purpose of the course was to introduce them to the use of abstraction, generalization, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning.  I would point out that we would study these ideas by exploring the patterns and relationships of a variety of algebraic entities including, but not limited to, numbers, equations, inequalities, algebraic fractions, polynomials, nd functions.

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