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Mathematics Placement

The ACT COMPASS math test is a self-adaptive test, which potentially tests students within four different levels of math including pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, and trigonometry. As you answer questions correctly, you will move into

more difficult levels of math. Similarly, if you answer questions incorrectly, the

computerized test will begin to ask questions from a lower level of math.

Multiple-choice items in each of the five mathematics placement areas test the following:

basic skillsperforming a sequence of basic operations

applicationapplying sequences of basic operations to novel settings or in complex ways

analysisdemonstrating conceptual understanding of principles and

relationships in mathematical operations

Students are permitted to use approved calculators when completing the COMPASS ® mathematics placement or diagnostic tests. An online calculator is available for those students who wish to access it via Microsoft Windows.

Because this is an adaptive test, you may change your answer while you are still on a problem, but once you go on to another problem, you may not go back to a question.

Mathematics Placement

Sample Questions (College Algebra)

Following are 9 sample College Algebra Placement Test Questions taken from the ACT COMPASS website.

First you will see the question, then the following slide will have the answer.

If you need some additional refreshers, the

remainder of the slides cover the content from the

College Algebra section.

College Algebra Placement Test

College Algebra Placement Test

Items in the College Algebra Test focus on algebra knowledge and skills in

a variety of content

areas. The majority of items come from the following content areas:

Functions

Exponents

Complex Numbers

Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series

Matrices (basic operations, equations, and determinants)

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and

This is an example of Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series. The correct

answer is C (1/16).

additional information on this topic.

See Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series slides for

To solve: Determine the pattern. Each number is in the sequence is being divided

by -4, so the next term is -¼ ÷4 = -1/16

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Functions. The correct answer is

This is an example of Functions. The correct answer is E (70). for additional information on this topic.

See Functions slides

To solve: Using process A: A(7) = 7 2 + 2(7) = 63 Using process B: B(7) = 10(7) = 70

Therefore, the maximum output of refined material, in tons, is using process B, 70

tons.

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

See Functions slides
See Functions slides

This is an example of Functions. The correct answer is B (-3). for additional information on this topic.

To solve: You are to find g(f(3)), so first you find the f(3) = 2, then find the g(2) = -3.

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Exponents. The correct answer is

This is an example of Exponents. The correct answer is D.

additional information on this topic.

See Exponents slides for

To solve:

1

2

2

3

x y z

5

6

3

4

information on this topic. See Exponents slides for To solve: 1 2 2 3 x y

6

6

x y z

5

6

3 4 5 6 x y z
3
4
5
6
x y z

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Matrices (basic operations, equations, and

This is an example of Matrices (basic operations, equations, and determinants). The

correct answer is E.

See Matrices slides for additional information on this topic.

To solve:

6

2

4
4

0

2 4 6 0
2
4
6
0
2 6
2
6

2E. See Matrices slides for additional information on this topic. To solve: 6 2 4 0

6E. See Matrices slides for additional information on this topic. To solve: 6 2 4 0

4 4
4
4

0

0
0
See Matrices slides for additional information on this topic. To solve: 6 2 4 0 2

4

12

8 0
8
0

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

This is an example of Functions (basic operations, equations, and determinants). The
This is an example of Functions (basic operations, equations, and determinants). The

correct answer is A (g(x) = cx). topic.

See Functions slides for additional information on this

To solve:

show this further, let’s choose values for c & x that meet the requirements of c>1 and x>1. Let c=2 and x=3:

f(cx) = 2 cx = 2 6 = 64 f(c/x) = 2 c/x = 2 2/3 = 1.58 f(x/c) = 2 x/c = 2 3/2 = 2.82 f(x-c) = 2 x-c = 2 3-2 = 2 f(log c x) 2

The larger the exponent of 2 , the greater the value f(x) = 2 x will have.

To

To use the calculator to determine the

common logarithmic function, use the

Change of Base Formula:

log

a x

log

function, use the Change of Base Formula: log a x log x 10 10 a log

x

10

10

a

log

log

10

3

log

10

2

.477

.301

use the Change of Base Formula: log a x log x 10 10 a log log

log

c

x

2
2

log

2

3

2
2
2
2
2
2

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use the Change of Base Formula: log a x log x 10 10 a log log

1.10

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Functions (basic operations, equations, and

This is an example of Functions (basic operations, equations, and determinants). The

correct answer is E (0 only).

See Functions slides for additional information on this

topic.

To solve:

f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y) So x + y = 0 where x = 0 and y = 0 Then possible values of f(0) are 0 only

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Complex Numbers (basic operations, equations,

This is an example of Complex Numbers (basic operations, equations, and

determinants). The correct answer is C (-1).

additional information on this topic.

See Complex Numbers slides for

To solve: The sum of the any four i terms with consecutive exponents = 0. Therefore, i + i 2 + i 3 …+ i 20 = 0. So we would need to add i 21 = i i 22 = -1 i 23 = -i Therefore, the sum of i + -1 + -i = -1

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions

College Algebra Placement Test Sample Questions This is an example of Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and

This is an example of Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series. The correct

answer is A (3, 10, 17). this topic.

See Sequences and Series slides for additional information on

2

1

a
a

136

2

and Series slides for additional information on 2 1 a 136 2 2 139 a n

2

139

a

n

a 1
a
1
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(

n

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1)

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19 d

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7

1.

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terms.

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Find the

difference between the terms. Therefore, the first 3 terms are:

3, 10, 17

n a 1 i 1
n
a
1
i 1
n
n

To solve:

1390

n
n

1390

n
n

n 20

Mathematics Placement

(College Algebra)

The following slides review the concepts found on the COMPASS College Algebra Placement Test.

Sequences and Series

1. Sequences

2. Arithmetic Series

3. Geometric Series

Sequences and Series

A pattern is a series of numbers or symbols that follow a rule.

A sequence is a series of numbers placed in a specific order. A sequence can be finite (has an end) or infinite (goes on forever…).

A term is a number in a sequence.

An arithmetic sequence is a sequence formed by adding the same number to the previous term or substracting the same

number from the previous term.

A geometric sequence is a sequence formed by multiplying the previous term by the same number or dividing the previous term by the same number.

Arithmetic Progression

Here are some common patterns:

1. The numbers increase by a certain amount. Example: 10, 13, 16, ? , 22

Rule: Each number is 3 more than the previous number. Answer: 19 is the missing number

2. The numbers decrease by a certain amount. Example: 40, 30, 20, ? , 0

Rule: Each number is 10 less than the previous number.

Answer: 10 is the missing number

Arithmetic progression a sequence of numbers in which the difference of

two consecutive numbers is the same. The difference of the two

consecutive numbers is called the common difference.

Example: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15,

progression is 3. Every arithmetic sequence has an nth term that is of the form a n = a 1 + (n 1)d, where d is the common difference of the sequence.

The common difference is this arithmetic

Arithmetic Series

The sum of an arithmetic series with n terms

is

n a 1 i 1
n
a
1
i 1
sum of an arithmetic series with n terms is n a 1 i 1 n a

n

a a 1 n 2
a
a
1
n
2

This sum can also be written as:

½n(2a 1 + (n 1)d)

Every arithmetic sequence has an nth term that is of the form: a n = a 1 + (n 1)d, where d is the common difference of the sequence.

Geometric Progression (Series)

Here are some common patterns:

1. The numbers increase or decrease by multiples.

Example: 10, 13, 19, 28, ? Rule: These numbers increase in multiples of 3: first by 3, then by 6, then by 9, etc. Answer: 40 is the missing number

Geometric progression (series) a sequence of numbers in which each succeeding term is obtained by multiplying the preceding term by the same number. That number is called the ratio or common ratio of the geometric progression.

Example: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32,

The common ratio in this

geometric progression is 2. If r is the common ratio of a geometric sequence, then the formula for the nth term of the

sequence is

a r 1
a r
1
1
1

n

a

n

Geometric Progression (Series)

If r is the common ratio of a geometric sequence, then the

formula for the nth term of the sequence is

a

n

a r 1
a r
1

n

1
1

The sum of the geometric series a 1 + a 1 r + a 1 r 2 + … + a 1 r n-1 with common ratio r ≠ 1 is

n a r 1 i 1
n
a r
1
i
1

i

n 1 r 1 a 1 1 r
n
1
r
1
a
1
1
r

Alg.: A

A linear relationships is represented by an equation where x is raised to

the first power (y = 6x + 2). The graph will be a line.

to the first power (y = 6x + 2). The graph will be a line. A

A quadratic relationship is represented by an equation where x is raised to the second power (y = x 2 ). The graph will be a parabola.

second power (y = x 2 ). The graph will be a parabola. An exponential relationship

An exponential relationship is represented by an equation where x is raised to an exponent other than 1. Example: x -1 , x 1/2 , x 3 , x 4 ). The graph will not be linear.

to an exponent other than 1. Example: x - 1 , x 1 / 2 ,
to an exponent other than 1. Example: x - 1 , x 1 / 2 ,

Determine Sequence

The first thing to determine is the pattern that shows by how much the

consecutive term value (t) increase:

Term Number ( n)

Term Value ( t )

1

3

2

6

3

11

4

18

5

27

+3 +5 +7 +9 Since this sequence increases by a different number each time (first 3, then 5, then 7 and so on), the equation will not be linear. In other words, the n will not be raised to the first power. The n will have to be n 2 , or another power other than 1 (n 3 , n 4 , n 5 , ).

Determine Sequence

Next it can be helpful to look at the difference between the differences:

Term Number ( n )

1

2

3

4

5

Term Value ( t)

3

6

11

18

27

+3 +5 +7 +9 +2 +2 +2

Notice that each value increases by 2, and then remember that +2. It will be

used in the final equation! The next step is to try to find the pattern. To do this, subtract 2 from the t values in the second row and see if there is an obvious pattern in the

numbers that remain. Notice they are all perfect squares.

Term Number ( n )

1

2

3

4

5

Term Value ( t)

3

6

11

18

27

~subtracting 2 from t~

1

4

9

16

25

Determine Sequence

Now, examine the top row of numbers and compare them to the bottom row. Each number in the top row has been squared (n 2 ) to get to the bottom number.

The equation can now be written:

t = n 2 + 2

The final step is to test the equation to be sure it works for all the values:

Check:

t = n 2 + 2 t = 1 2 + 2 = 1 + 2 = 3 a

t

= 2 2 + 2 = 4 + 2 = 6 a

t

= 3 2 + 2 = 9 + 2 = 11 a

t

= 4 2 + 2 = 16 + 2 = 18 a

t

= 5 2 + 2 = 25 + 2 = 27 a

Term Number ( n)

Term Value ( t )

1

3

2

6

3

11

4

18

5

27

Once it checks out correctly for all of the values, the equation, t = n 2 + 2, is correct!

Functions

1. Relations and Functions

2. Inverse Functions

Relations

A relation is a set of ordered pairs (x, y). It can be described in a

number of ways, including ordered pair sets and graphs.

The domain is the set of data that is the input of the function.

These are the independent values that may be selected for input

into the function. They are often called the x-values.

The range is the set of data that is the output of the function. These are the dependent values that are calculated by using the

input values. They are often called the y-values.

The rule for a relation shows the relationship between the domain and range.

Relations and Functions

Some relations are also functions.

A function is a relation in which each element of the domain (1st element of a function) is paired with exactly one element of the range (2nd element of a function). (For every input, there is one and only one output!) The input set of numbers, called the domain, enters the function box that

performs the function (in this case tripling them), and then forms an output

set, called the range.

Example 1 The set of ordered pairs below is a relation, but is NOT a function

because 2 is paired with both -2 and 4.

(0,1), (2,-2), (1,-1), (2,4), (-3,5)

Example 2 The set of ordered pairs below is both a relation and a function because each x-coordinate is paired with exactly 1 y-coordinate.

(-4,-1), (-2,-2), (0,-1), (2,5), (3,8)

relation has 2 of the same y-coordinates (like (-4,-1) and (0,-1)).

Notice that it is still a function, even if the

Functions

Functions • • • • If this same example is represented using function notation, it will

If this same example is represented using function notation, it will look like this:

Domain: { 1, 2, 3, 4}

Range: { 3, 6, 9, 12}

Function: f(x) = 3x f(1) = 3(1) = 3 f(2) = 3(2) = 6

f(3) = 3(3) = 9

f(4) = 3(4) = 12

Notice that in a function, each number in the domain corresponds to one number in the range. This is called a one-

to-one correspondence.

Every member of the domain can be matched to every member of the range.

Functions

Typically, equations are written using symbolic or algebraic notation.

Functions are just equations written using a different notation, function

notation. Equations that are set equal to y (or the independent variable) can easily be written as functions.

Simply replace the y in the equation with the function notation, f(x),

which simply means the function of x or in a shortened form it is read as f of x, where x is the independent variable.

Form of Equation

Equation Example 1

Equation Example 2

Algebraic form

y = 4x + 2

y = x 3

Function notation form

f(x) = 4x + 2

f(x) = x 3

Another way of determining if a relation is a funct ion is called the

Vertical Line Test . If a vertical line intersects a graph in more than

one point, then the graph does not show a function.

Alg.: B

Example 3 The graph below is a function because no vertical line

would intersect more than one point.

no vertical line would intersect more than one point. Example 4 The graph below is NOT

Example 4 The graph below is NOT a function because the vertical

line of x=3 intersects the points (3,2) and (3, -2).

Example 4 The graph below is NOT a function because the vertical line of x=3 intersects
Example 4 The graph below is NOT a function because the vertical line of x=3 intersects

Linear or Nonlinear Functions

Data sets, equations and functions can be classified

as linear or nonlinear. To determine whether a set of values is linear or nonlinear, the pattern and sequence of the data is examined.

When determining if a table of values is linear or

nonlinear, finding the algebraic function or graphing

the function is not necessary. Simply find the pattern in the numbers. If the pattern increases by the same value, it is linear. If the pattern increases by different values, it is nonlinear.

Linear Function

Linear refers to data, an equation, or function whose graph is a line. Any equation or function that is linear will only have x

raised to the first power and can be expressed in the form of

a linear equation f(x) = mx + b.

Example: {(1,2), (2,3), (3,4), (4,5), …} (Note: The … means the function has an infinite number of members)

Expressed as an equation, this function is y = x + 1 (the second member of each ordered pair is 1

greater than the first member)

The following is a graph of this function.

linear
linear

Nonlinear Functions

Nonlinear refers to data, an equation, or function whose graph is not a line. Examples: parabola, hyperbola, circle.

Quadratic Function f(x) = x 2 - 3

hyperbola, circle. Quadratic Function f(x) = x 2 - 3 Hyperbolic Function f(x) = 1/x (remember

Hyperbolic Function

f(x) = 1/x

(remember 1/x = x -1 )

Hyperbolic Function f(x) = 1/x (remember 1/x = x - 1 ) Cubic Function f(x) =

Cubic Function f(x) = x 3

1/x (remember 1/x = x - 1 ) Cubic Function f(x) = x 3 Absolute Value

Absolute Value Function

f(x) = | x + 2 |

= x - 1 ) Cubic Function f(x) = x 3 Absolute Value Function f(x) =

Trigonometric Function

f(x) = sin(x)

= x - 1 ) Cubic Function f(x) = x 3 Absolute Value Function f(x) =

Translating Information

Information used in solving problems algebraically can be found in many different formats. The information is

interchangeable among the four basic types of formats.

1. written words like those found in application problems

2. tables

3. equations

4. graphs

Changing from table to graph form requires substituting

the x-values into the equation to find the f(x) values.

Graphing the points on a Cartesian coordinate system converts the equation of the function to graph form.

Translating Information

Example:

Graph the function f(x) = 2x 2 + 1.

This function is quadratic. Quadratic functions are functions where at least one term is x raised to the second power and there are not any other terms raised to a higher power.

The graph of the quadratic function will always be a

parabola (a U-shape). It will either open up U, or open down . If the coefficient for the x 2 term is positive it will open upward, and if the coefficient for the x 2 term is negative it will open downward.

Translating Information

Set up a table of values. For quadratic equations, the following values may be used to get a general idea of the shape of the graph.

Next use the function and substitute the x-values to get the f(x)-values:

x

f(x) = 2x 2 + 1

f(x) =

-3

f(-3) = 2(-3) 2 + 1 = 2(9) + 1 = 18 + 1 = 19

19

-2

f(-2) = 2(-2) 2 + 1 = 2(4) + 1 = 8 + 1 = 9

9

-1

f(-1) = 2(-1) 2 + 1 = 2(1) + 1 = 2 + 1 = 3

3

0

f(-0) = 2(0) 2 + 1 = 2(0) + 1 = 0 + 1 = 1

1

1

f(1) = 2(1) 2 + 1 = 2(1) + 1 = 2 + 1 = 3

3

2

f(2) = 2(2) 2 + 1 = 2(4) + 1 = 8 + 1 = 9

9

3

f(3) = 2(3) 2 + 1 = 2(9) + 1 = 18 + 1 = 19

19

3 f(3) = 2(3) 2 + 1 = 2(9) + 1 = 18 + 1 =

Once the points have been found, the ordered pairs (x, y) can be placed on the graph. The x-

value represents the x-coordinate and the f(x)-

value represents the y-coordinate. Simply plot the points and draw the parabola:

Translating Information

Consider this basic example of what a function does. It starts with one set of data called the domain, places it in the function, and spits out another set of data called the range.

In word format, this function would be stated as:

The function of x is found by squaring x and then adding it to one. In table format, this function would appear as:

x

1

2

3

4

x

f(x)

2

5

10

17

x 2 + 1

In an equation format using function notation, f(x), this function would be written as: f(x) = x 2 + 1 In graphic format, this function would be drawn as:

This is an example of a quadratic relationship. It is represented by an equation where x is raised to the second power. The graph is a parabola.

Translating Information

The following example is a linear function that has been represented in each of the four ways:

In word format, this function would be stated as:

The function of x is equal to the number three twice the value of x.

subtracted from

In table format, this function would appear as:

In an equation format:

x

1

2 3

4

5

x

f(x)

-1

1 3

5

7

2x-3

using symbolic algebraic form: y = 2x 3 using function notation: f(x) = 2x 3

In graphic format, this function would be drawn as:

This is an example of a linear relationship. It is represented by an equation where x is raised to the first power. The graph is a line.

of a linear relationship . It is represented by an equation where x is raised to

More Functions Examples

Example 1: If f(x) = x 2 -3x + 2 and g(x) = 8x 3, then find f[g(2)]. Solution:

g(2) = 8(2) 3 = 16 3 = 13

f(13) = 132 3(13) + 2 = 169 39 + 2 =132

Example 2: If f(x) = x 2 3x + 5, then find f(a + 2) Solution:

f(a + 2) = (a + 2) 2 3(a + 2) + 5

= a 2 + 4a + 4 3a 6 + 5

= a 2 + a + 3

Example 3: If f(x) = 8x + 5 and g(x) = x 2 7, then find 2f(3) 4g(-2). Solution:

f(3) = 8(3) + 5 = 24 + 5 = 29 g(-2) = (-2) 2 7 = 4 7 = -3 so 2f(3) 4g(-2) = 2(29) 4(-3) = 58 + 12 = 70

More Functions Examples

Example 4: If d = 1000 200q and c = 4000 + 20d, then find c as a function of q. Solution: c = 4000 + 200(1000 200q)

= 4000 + 20000 4000q

= 24000 4000q

Example 5: If f(x) = x 2 3x + 2 and g(x) = 5 x, then find f[g(x)].

Solution:

f[g(x)] = (5 x) 2 3(5 x) + 2

= 25 10x + x 2 15 + 3x + 2

= x 2 7x +12

Example 6: If f(x) = 2x 2 + 1 and g(x) = 6x 3 2x 2 + 3x -1, then find Solution:

3 2 g ( x ) 6 x 2 x 3 x 1 2 f
3
2
g
(
x
)
6
x
2
x
3
x
1
2
f
(
x
)
2
x
1

2

x

2 (3

x

1)
1)

1(36 x 2 x 3 x 1 2 f ( x ) 2 x 1 2

x

1)
1)
x 3 x 1 2 f ( x ) 2 x 1 2 x 2 (3

2

2

x

1
1

(2

x

2

1)(3

1)(3

x

1)
1)
 

2

x

2

1

2 x 1 2 x 2 (3 x 1) 1(3 x 1) 2 2 x 1
3
3

x

1
1

g

(

x

)

f

(

x

)

Inverse Functions

The inverse of a relation is the set of ordered pairs

obtained by switching the coordinates of each ordered pair in the relation.

The graph of the inverse is a reflection of the original relation.

If the functions f and g are inverses of each other, then

f(g(x)) = x and g(f(x)) = x.

More Functions Examples

Example 7: If the point (5, -7) is on the graph of y = f(x), what point must be on the graph of y = f -1 (x)? Solution: The inverse of a function interchanges x and y. So, (-7, 5) would be a point on the graph of y = f -1 (x).

Example 8: If f(x) = (2x + 5)/3, then find f -1 (x). Solution:

f

2 x 5 ( x ) 3
2
x
5
(
x
)
3

y

5
5

2 x

f - 1 (x). Solution: f 2 x 5 ( x ) 3 y 5 2

3

Replace f(x) with y

x

5
5

2

y

f 2 x 5 ( x ) 3 y 5 2 x 3 Replace f(x) with

3

3

x

3 x

2 5
2
5

y

5
5

y3 y 5 2 x 3 Replace f(x) with y x 5 2 y 3 3

Interchange x and y

Solve for y.

3 x 5 y 2 3 x 5 1 f ( x ) 2
3
x
5
y
2
3
x
5
1
f
(
x
)
2

Matrices

1. Matrix operations

Matrix Operations

A matrix is a rectangular arrangement of numbers in

rows and columns. The numbers in a matrix are its

entries.

To add and subtract matrices, you simply add or

subtract corresponding entries. You can add or

subtract matrices only if they have the same order. You cannot, for instance, add a matrix that has three

rows to a matrix that has only two rows.

Ex:

Ex:

6

2

6

2

4
4

0

4
4

0

2 6
2
6
2 6
2
6
2 6
2
6
2 6
2
6

4

0

4

0

2two rows. • Ex: • Ex: 6 2 6 2 4 0 4 0 2 6

6two rows. • Ex: • Ex: 6 2 6 2 4 0 4 0 2 6

4
4

0

4 0 0 0 0 0
4
0
0
0
0
0
2 4 4
2
4
4
6
6

0

0
0
two rows. • Ex: • Ex: 6 2 6 2 4 0 4 0 2 6

4

12

8 0
8
0

Matrix Operations

In matrix algebra, a real number is often called a

scalar. To multiply a matrix by a scalar, you multiply

each entry in the matrix by the scalar. Multiplication of a matrix by a scalar obeys the Distributive

Property.

Ex:

6

2

4

Ex:

4
4

0

obeys the Distributive • Property. Ex: 6 2 4 • Ex: 4 0 4(2) 4(6) 4(

4(2)

4(6)

4(

• Property. Ex: 6 2 4 • Ex: 4 0 4(2) 4(6) 4( 4) 4(0) 2

4)

4(0)

2 4 2 6 0
2
4
2
6
0
2 4 2 2 2 6 0 6 6
2
4
2
2
2
6
0
6
6
2 4 • Ex: 4 0 4(2) 4(6) 4( 4) 4(0) 2 4 2 6 0

8

24

16 0
16
0
4 4
4
4

0

0
0
2
2

4

12

8 8 0 24
8
8
0
24

16

0

Matrix Operations

Matrix multiplication of A and B is defined only If the

number of columns in A equals the number of rows in B.

If A is an m x n matrix and B is an n x p matrix, then the product of AB is an m x p matrix.

Ex:

A B

1 3 3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0
1
3
3 2
4
2
4 1
5
0
1( 4( 5(
1(
4(
5(
3)
3)
• Ex: A B 1 3 3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0 1( 4(
• Ex: A B 1 3 3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0 1( 4(

(3)( 4)

Ex: A B 1 3 3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0 1( 4( 5(

1(2)

A B 1 3 3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0 1( 4( 5( 3)

(3)(1)

4(2)1 3 3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0 1( 4( 5( 3) (3)( 4)

3 2 4 2 4 1 5 0 1( 4( 5( 3) (3)( 4) 1(2) (3)(1)

( 2)(1)

2 4 1 5 0 1( 4( 5( 3) (3)( 4) 1(2) (3)(1) 4(2) ( 2)(1)
2 4 1 5 0 1( 4( 5( 3) (3)( 4) 1(2) (3)(1) 4(2) ( 2)(1)

(0)( 4)

5(2)

1( 4( 5( 3) (3)( 4) 1(2) (3)(1) 4(2) ( 2)(1) (0)( 4) 5(2) (0)(1) 3)

(0)(1)

3)
3)
3)
3)
9 1 4 6 15 10
9
1
4
6
15
10

To find the entry in the first row and first column of AB,

multiply corresponding entries in the first row of A and

the first column of B. Then add. Continue process.

Exponents and Radicals

1. Properties of Exponents

2. Simplifying Radicals

3. Properties of Radicals

Properties of Exponents

Rule: a m ∙ a n = a m+n

Rule: a m ÷ a n = a m /a n = a m-n where a≠0

Rule: (a m ) n = a m(n)

Rule: (ab) m = a m b m

Rule:

m a b
m
a
b

m

a
a

b

m

where b≠0

To multiply two or more exponential expressions that have the same base, add the exponents. Example: 5 3 x 5 2 = 5 (3+2) = 5 5

To divide two or more exponential expressions that have the same base, subtract the exponents. Example: 5 3 ÷ 5 2 = 5 (3-2) = 5 1 = 5

To raise a power to a power, multiply the exponents. Example: (a 6 ) 5 = a 6x5 = a 30

To raise a product to a power, raise each factor

to that power.

Example: (ab) 5 = a 5

b 5

To raise a fraction to a power, raise both the

numerator and the denominator to that power. Example:

5 = a 5 b 5 • To raise a fraction to a power, raise both

Exponents

When dealing with particular operations, there are rules for

simplifying or evaluating an exponential expression.

Exponent of 1:

Exponent of 0:

Negative Exponents:

1 to a Power:

a 1 = a a 0 = 1, when a ≠ 0 a -n = 1 ÷ a n = 1/a n , where a≠0 1 n = 1

To add and subtract exponential expressions, like bases with

like exponents are required.

Example: LIKE bases with LIKE exponents can be simplified. a 2 + a 2 = 2a 2 5b 2 - 3b 2 = 2b 2

Simplifying Radicals

An expression with radicals is in simplest from if the following are true.

1. No radicands (expressions under radical signs) have perfect square factors other than 1.

Example:

50 25 2 5 2
50
25
2
5
2

2. No radicands contain fractions.

Example:

25 2 5 2 2. No radicands contain fractions. • Example: 3 3 4 4 3
25 2 5 2 2. No radicands contain fractions. • Example: 3 3 4 4 3

3 3

2 5 2 2. No radicands contain fractions. • Example: 3 3 4 4 3 2

4 4

3 2
3
2

3. No radicals appear in the denominator of a fraction.

Example:

1 1 2 2 2 2
1
1
2
2
2
2
1 2 2 2
1
2
2
2
2 2
2
2

Note: To simplify this expression, multiply the numerator and

denominator by √2. This is

algebraically justified because it is equivalent to multiplying the original

fraction by 1.

Properties of Radicals

Rule:

Rule:

ab a b
ab
a
b
Properties of Radicals • Rule: • Rule: ab a b a a b b • The
Properties of Radicals • Rule: • Rule: ab a b a a b b • The

a a

Properties of Radicals • Rule: • Rule: ab a b a a b b • The

b b

The square root of a product equals the product of the square roots of the factors.

Example:

50 25 2 5 2
50
25
2
5
2

The square root of a quotient equals the quotient of the square roots of the numerator and denominator. Example:

3 4
3
4
3 4
3
4
root of a quotient equals the quotient of the square roots of the numerator and denominator.
3 2
3
2

Examples:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8 3 ∙ 8 0 = 8 3 ∙1 or 8 3+0 = 8 3 = 8∙8∙8 = 512

x 3 ∙ x 2 = x 3+2 = x 5

3y∙ y 4 = 3y 1+4 = 3y 5

x -3 = 1/ x 3

-10x 5 /2x 2 = -5x 5-2 = -5x 3

36 a b c

5

0

2
2
5 /2x 2 = -5x 5 - 2 = -5x 3 36 a b c 5
5
5

9 a b

3
3
4
4

a

5

(
(

5)

b

x y
x
y
x y y y
x y
y y
xy
xy

y

0

(
(

3)

c

2 4
2
4

a b c

10

3

2
2
5 - 2 = -5x 3 36 a b c 5 0 2 5 9 a

10

4 a b

3

2

c

More Examples:

1. If 4 x = 32, then find x.

Solution: Make the bases the same, then set exponents equal to each

other. 4 x = 32

(2 2 ) x = 25

2x = 5 so x = 5/2

2. Simplify

Solution:

3. If

2 x 4 2 5
2
x
4
2
5

27

2

5 so x = 5/2 2. Simplify Solution: 3. If 2 x 4 2 5 27

3

27

2
2

3

1 2
1
2

27 3

1 1 1 2 2 3 3 9 27
1
1
1
2
2
3
3
9
27
4 2 5 27 2 3 27 2 3 1 2 27 3 1 1 1

5

2

6 x 5
6
x
5

, then find x. Solution:

2 x 4 2 5 2 x 4 2 5
2
x
4
2
5
2
x
4
2
5
6 x 5 5 2 (6 x 5) 2 5
6
x
5
5
2
(6
x
5)
2
5

2

8

x

x

4 1
4
1
6
6

x

5
5

x

1

2 5 6 x 5 5 2 (6 x 5) 2 5 2 8 x x

8

Make the

denominators the

same by flipping the fraction and changing the sign of the exponent. Set exponents equal to each other

and solve for x.

Complex Numbers

1. Imaginary Numbers

2. Complex Numbers

3. Properties of Complex Numbers

Imaginary Numbers

If a is a positive real number, then √–a is an imaginary number and

a
a
i
i
a
a

The imaginary number

i a
i
a

property that

2 i a
2
i
a
a
a

has the

Complex Numbers

A complex number is a number that can be written in the form a + bi, where a and b are

real numbers and i = √-1. the form a + bi is

called the standard from of a complex number. If a = 0, then a + bi becomes bi, and

it is called an imaginary number.

Examples of complex numbers:

3 + √(-6)

4 + 7i

2 3i

6i

Complex Numbers

To add (or subtract) two complex numbers, add

(or subtract) the real and imaginary parts of the numbers.

Sum:

(a + bi) + (c + di) = (a + c) + (b + d)i

Difference: (a + bi) - (c + di) = (a - c) + (b - d)i

Example:

3 (-2 + 3i) + (-5 + i) = 3 + 2 3i 5 + i = 3 + 2 5 3i + i

= 0 2i

= -2i

Complex Numbers

The following properties of real numbers hold for

complex numbers as well.

Associative Properties of Addition and Multiplication

Commutative Properties of Addition and Multiplication

Distributive Property of Multiplication over Addition

Example 1: i(-3i) = -3i 2 = -3(-1) = 3

Example 2: i(4 + 3i) = 4i + 3i 2 = 4i + 3(-1) = -3 + 4i

Example 3: (2 i)(4 + 3i) = (2 i)(4) + (2 i)(3i)

= 8 4i + 6i 3i 2

= 8 4i + 6i 3(-1)

= 8 4i + 6i + 3

= 11 + 2i

Complex Numbers

The sum of the first four i terms with consecutive exponents = 0. i 0 = 1 i 1 = i i 2 = -1 i 3 = -i

From this point on, the pattern repeats. i 4 = 1 i 5 = i i 6 = -1 i 7 = -i

Therefore, the sum of any four consecutive i terms will equal 0.

Example 1: Simplify: i + i 2 + i 3 + i 4

Solution:

i + i 2 + i 3 + i 4 = 0

Example 2: Simplify: i 43 Solution: Divide the exponent by 4 and match the remainder with the exponent. 43/4 = 10R3 so i 3 = -i

College Algebra Practice Problems

The following slides are additional

practice problems for the COMPASS College Algebra Placement Test.