College Algebra  Free Trial
Our popular College Algebra course provides a working knowledge of collegelevel algebra and its applications. Emphasis is placed upon the solution and the application of linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. Students perform operations on real numbers and polynomials and simplify algebraic, rational, and radical expressions.
Arithmetic and geometric sequences are examined, and linear equations and inequalities are discussed. Students learn to graph linear, quadratic, absolute value, and piecewisedefined functions and solve and graph exponential and logarithmic equations. Other topics include solving applications using linear systems as well as evaluating and finding partial sums of a series.
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, students will be able to:
 Identify and then calculate perimeter, area, surface area, and volume for standard geometric figures
 Perform operations on real numbers and polynomials.
 Simplify algebraic, rational, and radical expressions.
 Solve both linear and quadratic equations and inequalities.
 Solve word problems involving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities.
 Solve polynomial, rational, and radical equations and applications.
 Solve and graph linear, quadratic, absolute value, and piecewisedefined functions.
 Perform operations with functions as well as find composition and inverse functions.
 Graph quadratic, square root, cubic, and cube root functions.
 Graph and find zeroes of polynomial functions.
 Perform vertical and horizontal shifts and reflections of a basic graph.
 Perform stretches and compressions on a basic graph.
 Transform the graph of a general function.
 Graph quadratic functions by completing the square, using the vertex formula, and using transformations.
 Solve and graph exponential and logarithmic equations.
 Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities.
 Model and solve applications using linear systems.
 Evaluate and find partial sums of a series.
 Evaluate and find sums of arithmetic and geometric sequences.
 Solve application problems involving arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
 Solve applications involving the various types of equations and inequalities.
Topic  Lesson  Subtopics  Objectives 
1  Geometry and Measurement 


2  Basic Algebraic Operations 


3  Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable 


4  Quadratic Equations 


5  Polynomial and Other Equations 


6  Functions and Graphs 


7  Operations and Functions 


8  Analyzing Graphs 


9  Graphing Polynomial Functions 


10  Graphing Rational Functions 


11  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 


12  Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 


13  Systems of Equations and Inequalities 


14  Solving Linear Systems Using Augmented Matrices 


15  Sequences and Series 


16  Review and Graded Final Exam 


StraighterLine suggests, though does not require, that students take Introductory Algebra or its equivalent before enrolling in College Algebra.
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The Barnett/Ziegler/Byleen College Algebra series is designed to give students a solid grounding in precalculus topics in a userfriendly manner. The series emphasizes computational skills, ideas, and problem solving rather than theory. Explore/Discuss boxes integrated throughout each text encourage students to think critically about mathematical concepts. All worked examples are followed by Matched Problems that reinforce the concepts being taught. New to these editions, Technology Connections illustrate how concepts that were previously explained in an algebraic context may also be solved using a graphing calculator. Students are always shown the underlying algebraic methods first so that they do not become calculatordependent. In addition, each text in the series contains an abundance of exercises  including numerous calculatorbased and reasoning and writing exercises  and a wide variety of realworld applications illustrating how math is useful.
Barnett, Raymond A., Michael R. Ziegler, and Karl E. Byleen. College Algebra, 8th edition, McGrawHill, 2008, ISBN: 9780072867381
StraighterLine does not apply letter grades. Students earn a percentage score. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.
If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.
There are a total of 1000 points in the course:
Assessment  Points Available 

Exam #1  125 points 
Exam #2  125 points 
Exam #3  125 points 
Exam #4  125 points 
Final Exam  500 points 
Final Proctored Exam
The final exam is developed to assess the knowledge you learned taking this course. All students are required to take an online proctored final exam in order complete the course and be eligible for transfer credit.
Our popular College Algebra course provides a working knowledge of collegelevel algebra and its applications. Emphasis is placed upon the solution and the application of linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. Students perform operations on real numbers and polynomials and simplify algebraic, rational, and radical expressions.
Arithmetic and geometric sequences are examined, and linear equations and inequalities are discussed. Students learn to graph linear, quadratic, absolute value, and piecewisedefined functions and solve and graph exponential and logarithmic equations. Other topics include solving applications using linear systems as well as evaluating and finding partial sums of a series.