Kansas Algebra Progam
The Kansas Algebra Program (KAP), located on the third floor of Strong. Hall, coordinates Math 002 (Intermediate Mathematics) and Math 101 (College Algebra) at the University of Kansas.
KAP is structured with the student's success in mind. Support features and resources include:
- Small class sizes
- Help room providing free drop-in homework help (available Monday-Friday)
- Optional study groups
- Exam reviews at the end of each unit
Math 002 prepares students for work in a college-level mathematics course. The course focuses on the study of algebraic operations and equation-solving procedures with an emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. The content includes studying operations with real numbers, algebraic expressions, exponents, polynomials, rational expressions, radicals and rational exponents. Students will study linear equations and inequalities, absolute value equations, systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, rational and radical equations, and functions.
Requirements for intermediate mathematics will be a blend of out-of-class and in-class activities. Regular class discussions will build on the Guided Notes & Written Work and Practice assignments. Daily class participation, close attention to the vocabulary of algebra, and "doing math every day" are key to success in the course. Take advantage of the extra resources offered in KAP via the drop-in help room, study groups, and opportunities to meet individually with your class discussion leader or the Program Directors.
Math 101 is a first-level course in the fulfillment of the mathematics requirement for graduation at the University of Kansas. Success in College Algebra fulfills one unit of the Critical Thinking & Quantitative Literacy General Education Goal for the KU Core and prepares students for subsequent work in a second-level mathematics course (i.e. calculus sequence or statistics). The course is designed to reinforce basic skills and deepen conceptual understanding of the algebraic principles fundamental to mathematical reasoning.
The course will focus on the study of functions through multiple representations—verbal, graphic, symbolic, and numeric. Using the basic function families: linear, absolute value, polynomial (square, cube, higher degree), root, rational, exponential, and logarithmic, we will analyze relationships among the representations. Additional topics studied include linear systems of equations and matrices. Students will make connections between the graphs of functions, their associated equations and inequalities, and related applications.
Math 101 is also offered as an enhanced course in combination with Math 197 (Mathematical Workshops). Students who enroll in the enhanced course have class meetings on all five days of the week. The enhanced course provides opportunities for a deeper understanding of the material through interactive learning.