Introductory Algebra
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Introductory Algebra guides the student through topics that teach the basics of algebra. Using reallife scenarios, the course puts difficult concepts into understandable terms. After an introductory algebra review, lessons focus on the basic functions of algebra and include math vocabulary and notation, operations with numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and quadratic equations. Students also learn to read and interpret graphs.
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This course was very easy to understand. It made it easy to study for finals and understand what was being taught.
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This course was very easy to understand. It made it easy to study for finals and understand what was being taught.
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quick and effecient
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I would recommend this course.
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I would recommend this course.
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A refresher for those who have been out of high school for awhile
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A refresher for those who have been out of high school for awhile
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quick and effecient
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Very intense.
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Very intense.
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The course was at your own pace which i enjoyed
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This was a hard course, but it is worth it in the end.
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Stay on your A game.
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Stay on your A game.
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The course was informative, but needs to be looked over due to several typographical errors and some questions are said to be correct but when figuring them out the way taught does not come out correctly. Over all good.
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The course was informative, but needs to be looked over due to several typographical errors and some questions are said to be correct but when figuring them out the way taught does not come out correctly. Over all good.
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Very easy to understand.
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Very easy to understand.
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It was great
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It was great
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This course was harder than I expected it to be. You must do the assignments in the book to pass the test. The quizzes were hard.
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It was great once I understood the problems
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This course was harder than I expected it to be. You must do the assignments in the book to pass the test. The quizzes were hard.
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It was great once I understood the problems
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The course was at your own pace which i enjoyed
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This math course was very challenging for me because I dont like math, but other than that Straighterline did an awsome job.
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loved that i can work on my on time!
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This course was very good. I didn't have a textbook, but I made it though the course.
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Excellent course. Just read the assigned reading (while doing the work given in the assigned reading). Next, go over the multimedia slide "lessons" and practice. Then do the graded quizzes. Couldn't be easier!
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Excellent course. Just read the assigned reading (while doing the work given in the assigned reading). Next, go over the multimedia slide "lessons" and practice. Then do the graded quizzes. Couldn't be easier!
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Generally good course overall. Some of the lessons bounced around the order of the book, which seemed unnecessary and confusing. The course lessons were helpful; but did not go into as much depth as the text. It would have been nice to see explanations via the lesson of the content that was more difficult.
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This course did a very nice job of covering all the basics of College Algebra. The lesson slideshows were extremely helpful and easy to understand.
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Generally good course overall. Some of the lessons bounced around the order of the book, which seemed unnecessary and confusing. The course lessons were helpful; but did not go into as much depth as the text. It would have been nice to see explanations via the lesson of the content that was more difficult.
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This course did a very nice job of covering all the basics of College Algebra. The lesson slideshows were extremely helpful and easy to understand.
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The book & lessons were easy to understand and the for the most part correlate with the tests.
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The book & lessons were easy to understand and the for the most part correlate with the tests.
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I failed
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I failed
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This math course was very challenging for me because I dont like math, but other than that Straighterline did an awsome job.
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loved that i can work on my on time!
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This course was very good. I didn't have a textbook, but I made it though the course.
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This was a hard course, but it is worth it in the end.
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I wish they would have made it clear that the book is the main source of the information. I did three sections just using the videos. Some of the stats on the test did not match what was in the book. Overall the class was just reading the text book and taking tests.
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Really enjoy the self pace.
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Great for those trying to advance quickly.
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I like the selfmotivation factor, however I would've liked additional help reviewing for the exams. I found a few of the questions were more in depth conceptual interpretations of basic facts discussed in the topic presentations.
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I liked that I could finish the class as quickly as I was comfortable with, and take the quizes and exams on my own time when I felt ready
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I like the selfmotivation factor, however I would've liked additional help reviewing for the exams. I found a few of the questions were more in depth conceptual interpretations of basic facts discussed in the topic presentations.
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I liked that the course was completed at my own pace
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I liked that you can do it on your own time.
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I liked the ability to work at my own pace.
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I liked the convenience
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I liked the convenience, interactive options, online lessons & reviews
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I liked the final. It was very straightforward
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I liked the lessons
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I liked that I could finish the class as quickly as I was comfortable with, and take the quizes and exams on my own time when I felt ready
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I liked the video presentations
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I liked working at my own pace
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I liked working at my own speed. I learn slowly and have to repeat chapters often.
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I really enjoyed the selfpaced aspect of this course. I am on a constant time crunch so it was nice to be able to get things done when I had the down time.
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I liked that the course was completed at my own pace
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I liked that you can do it on your own time.
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The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.
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The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.
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the course presentations were thorough
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The courseload was not to difficult to handle
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I liked the ability to work at my own pace.
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The whole setup is in a great format and your staff is very polite,prompt and helpful.
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I liked the convenience
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Very smooth to work with
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I liked the final. It was very straightforward
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I liked the lessons
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I liked working at my own speed. I learn slowly and have to repeat chapters often.
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I really enjoyed the selfpaced aspect of this course. I am on a constant time crunch so it was nice to be able to get things done when I had the down time.
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The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.
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The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.
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the course presentations were thorough
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The courseload was not to difficult to handle
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Course Objectives
After completing the Introductory Algebra course, you will be able to:
 Communicate using the appropriate mathematical vocabulary and notation.
 Perform operations with real numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
 Evaluate arithmetic and exponential expressions, algebraic expressions, and equations.
 Translate word problems into algebraic expressions and vice versa.
 Use the order of operations and the properties of real numbers to simplify algebraic expressions.
 Solve and graph linear equations and linear inequalities.
 Solve word problems involving formulas and linear equations.
 Graph lines in the coordinate plane and determine the slope and intercepts of a linear equation.
 Solve a system of linear equations by using the graphing method, substitution method, and the addition method.
 Perform operations including factoring techniques with polynomials.
 Use various factoring techniques.
 Solve equations with rational expressions.
 Perform operations including solving equations with radicals and exponents.
 Solve quadratic equations.
 Define the Pythagorean theorem and apply it by solving quadratic equations.
 Evaluate functions and use function notation.
 Read and interpret graphs.
Topic  Lesson Topic  Subtopics  Objectives 

1  Prealgebra Review 


2  The Real Numbers 


3  Operations with Real Numbers 


4  Properties of Real Numbers 


5  Solving Linear Equations in One Variable 


6  Applications of Linear Equations and Linear Inequalities in One Variable 


7  Linear Equations in Two Variables 


8  Polynomials 


9  Factoring 


10  Rational Expressions 


11  Powers and Roots 


12  Quadratic Equations 


13  Systems of Linear Equations 


14  Functions and Interpreting Graphs 


15  Course Review 


There are no prerequisites to take Introductory Algebra.
The required eTextbook for this course is included with your course purchase at no additional cost. More information on StraighterLine eTextbooks
Prefer hard copy? Simply purchase from your favorite textbook retailer; you will still get the eTextbook for free.
Elementary Algebra, 6e is part of the latest offerings in the successful Dugopolski series in mathematics. The author's goal is to explain mathematical concepts to students in a language they can understand. In this book, students and faculty will find short, precise explanations of terms and concepts written in understandable language. The author uses concrete analogies to relate math to everyday experiences. For example, when the author introduces the Commutative Property of Addition, he uses a concrete analogy that "the price of a hamburger plus a Coke is the same as a Coke plus a hamburger". Given the importance of examples within a math book, the author has paid close attention to the most important details for solving the given topic. Dugopolski includes a double crossreferencing system between the examples and exercise sets, so no matter which one the students start with, they will see the connection to the other. Finally, the author finds it important to not only provide quality, but also a good quantity of exercises and applications. The Dugopolski series is known for providing students and faculty with the most quantity and quality of exercises as compared to any other developmental math series on the market. In completing this revision, Dugopolski feels he has developed the clearest and most concise developmental math series on the market, and he has done so without comprising the essential information every student needs to become successful in future mathematics courses. The book can be accompanied by numerous useful supplements, including McGrawHill's online homework management system, MathZone, which can be purchased separately.
Dugopolski, Mark. Elementary Algebra, 6th edition. McGrawHill, 2009. ISBN 9780077224790
StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. 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:
Topic  Assessment  Points Available 

2  Graded Exam #1  100 
4  Graded Exam #2  100 
6  Graded Exam #3  100 
8  Graded Exam #4  100 
10  Graded Exam #5  100 
12  Graded Exam #6  100 
14  Graded Exam #7  100 
15  Comprehensive Graded Final Exam  300 
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.
Introductory Algebra guides the student through topics that teach the basics of algebra. Using reallife scenarios, the course puts difficult concepts into understandable terms. After an introductory algebra review, lessons focus on the basic functions of algebra and include math vocabulary and notation, operations with numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and quadratic equations. Students also learn to read and interpret graphs.