Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Math 112: Algebra

This course serves students who need a background in algebra for calculus. It also serves students as a terminal course to fulfill their QR A requirement.

Background and Goals: 

The main focus of Math 112 is preparation for continued work in mathematics, especially in the various calculus sequences. At the same time it incorporates instruction in quantitative reasoning skills so that it satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning A requirement.


Math 112 and Math 113 are equivalent to Math 114.

Subsequent Courses: 

students who plan to take Math 221 need to go into Math 113 (Trigonometry)

Course Content: 
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Functions; composition of functions; inverse functions
  • Maximum and minimum problems
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Compound interest, including continuous compounding
  • Graphs of polynomials, rational functions, logarithms and exponentials
  • Complex numbers
  • Division of polynomials
  • Remainder Theorem and Factor Theorem
  • Arithmetic sequences and series
  • Geometric sequences and series
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Gaussian elimination
  • Introduction to matrices
  • Nonlinear systems of equations
3. (q-E)
Intmed math comp (usually 3 units of HS math) & suitable placement scores, or Math 100 or 101. Open to Fr. Closed to students with credit for Math 114, Math 221 or Math 211.

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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