Math 1110 Algebra II

Purpose of Math 1110

The purpose of all of the developmental mathematics courses is to support student success academically and beyond by advancing critical thinking and reasoning skills. Specifically in Algebra II, as a team, we will examine ways to use the algebraic structure provided to form strategies that are appropriate for the given problem and minimize the amount of work needed to arrive at a conclusion.  In other words, use the structure to determine how to simplify an expression, factor a polynomial, or solve an equation efficiently.

Math 1110 in the Developmental Math Program in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University is designed to sharpen algebraic skills and concepts in a function-based setting. Topics include linear functions, quadratic functions, composing and decomposing functions, inverse functions, logarithmic and exponential functions. The course emphasizes both the manipulation of symbols and an understanding of when manipulations are effective and appropriate.

This course serves as a prerequisite course and does not satisfy the Proficiency 3 general education requirement.



    1. Wednesday, Jan. 23 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Tuesday, Jan. 22 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 25 minutes
    2. Monday, Feb. 18 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Tuesday, Feb. 19 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 50 minutes
    3. Friday, March 15 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Thursday, March 14 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 25 minutes
    4. Monday, April 8 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes); Tuesday, April 9 (Tuesday and Thursday classes); 50 minutes

If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify Dr. Eisenhart (269) 387-4117 or (269) 873-8194 before the exam or a make-up may be denied.


  1. Properties of numbers and consequences for expressions, distributive property, start exponent rules
  2. Exponent rules and solving equations
  3. Martin Luther King day, Exam 1, solving equations, and definition of a function
  4. Functions, function notation, expressions, equivalent expressions, and practical meaning of coefficients and constants
  5. Equivalent equations, functions and equations, and the zero product property
  6. Average rate of change, linear functions, function composition and decomposition
  7. Exam 2, factoring trinomials by guess and check, and factoring trinomials by regrouping
  8. Factoring trinomials using the ac method, finish factoring and solving quadratic and quadratic like expressions and equations, and spirit day
  9. spring break
  10. Simplifying and combining rational expressions, solving rational equations, and Exam 3
  11.  Exponential functions
  12. Inverse functions and logarithms
  13. Rules of logarithms, simplifying logarithmic expressions, solving exponential and logarithmic equations
  14. Exam 4, Quadratic functions and characteristics of quadratic functions
  15.  Completing the square, quadratic formula, solving quadratic and quadratic like equations efficiently, and linear functions
  16. Final exam week

Monday, March 18 is the last day a student can process an officially withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade.