The second part of the Math Placement Exam (MPT) covers intermediate
algebra, commonly called "Algebra 2" in high school. A score of 15 or more
out of 20 questions will satisfy the Math 103I Backgrounds requirement
to complete the course. A scientific calculator is allowed in the test,
but not a graphing calculator, a calculator with an alpha- numeric keypad
or a lap-top computer. The following list of topics is described in terms
of the textbook currently used in Math 42 and Math 44, *Elementary
and Intermediate Algebra* 2nd Edition by Bittinger, Ellenbogen and Johnson.

1.1-1.8 Real numbers and operations with them; Definition of absolute values 2.1,2.2 Linear equations 2.3 Formulas 2.4,2.5 Applications and problem solving 2.6,2.7 Solving linear inequalities 9.3 Equations and inequalities with absolute value 3.1,3.2 Cartesian coordinates and graphing lines 3.3-3.5 Slope of a line p743-5 Distance and midpoints 8.1 Forms of Linear Equations 8.2 2x2 systems 8.3 Some applications of 2x2 systems 4.1,4.9 Scientific notation 4.2,4.3 Adding polynomials 4.4 Multiplication of polynomials 4.5 Common factors and factors by grouping Factoring special polynomials Factoring trinomials Strategies of factoring 4.7 Division of polynomials 6.1 Simplification of rational expressions 6.2 Multiplication and division of rational expressions 6.3,6.4 Addition and subtraction of radical expressions 6.5,6.6 Complex fractions 6.7 Equations and inequalities with rational expressions Variation 10.1 Radical expressions, simplifying 10.3 Addition and subtraction of radical expressions 10.4 Multiplication and division of radical expressions 10.2 Rational exponents 10.6 Equations involving radicals 10.7 Applications 10.8 Complex numbers 11.1 Solving the quadratic equation by factoring 11.2 Solving the quadratic equation by completing square 11.2 Using the quadratic formula 11.3 Applications and problem solving 12.1,12.6 Exponential equations 12.3,12.6 Logarithmic equations 12.4,12.5 Properties of logarithms