Introductory Algebra

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Introductory Algebra guides the student through topics that teach the basics of algebra. Using real-life 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.

This course is non-credit

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  • Mathematics
  • Content by McGraw-Hill
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11/9/14 by areiler91

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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9/11/14 by areiler91

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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9/8/14 by clinton_g

quick and effecient

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8/26/14 by taviagrant38

I would recommend this course.

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8/26/14 by taviagrant38

I would recommend this course.

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8/16/14 by kmt_715

A refresher for those who have been out of high school for awhile

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8/16/14 by kmt_715

A refresher for those who have been out of high school for awhile

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8/9/14 by clinton_g

quick and effecient

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8/8/14 by lancegipson03

Very intense.

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Very intense.

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8/7/14 by angel.s16

The course was at your own pace which i enjoyed

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8/1/14 by mayfieldakeiba

This was a hard course, but it is worth it in the end.

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7/30/14 by dayshj

Stay on your A game.

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7/30/14 by dayshj

Stay on your A game.

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7/27/14 by simkei05

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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7/27/14 by simkei05

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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7/24/14 by hharris857

Very easy to understand.

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7/24/14 by hharris857

Very easy to understand.

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7/18/14 by ameshamoore

It was great

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7/18/14 by ameshamoore

It was great

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7/16/14 by jcgloveslsu

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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7/16/14 by darione

It was great once I understood the problems

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7/16/14 by jcgloveslsu

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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7/16/14 by darione

It was great once I understood the problems

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7/8/14 by angel.s16

The course was at your own pace which i enjoyed

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7/5/14 by mayfieldakeiba

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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7/4/14 by Ejeanae

loved that i can work on my on time!

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7/4/14 by yondelld

This course was very good. I didn't have a textbook, but I made it though the course.

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6/30/14 by szemsta_sl

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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6/30/14 by szemsta_sl

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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6/26/14 by mrbondq

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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6/26/14 by emschooled

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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6/26/14 by mrbondq

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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6/26/14 by emschooled

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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6/20/14 by kristinleigh32

The book & lessons were easy to understand and the for the most part correlate with the tests.

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6/20/14 by kristinleigh32

The book & lessons were easy to understand and the for the most part correlate with the tests.

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6/18/14 by gregedwards.rn

I failed

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6/18/14 by gregedwards.rn

I failed

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5/7/14 by mayfieldakeiba

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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4/7/14 by Ejeanae

loved that i can work on my on time!

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4/7/14 by yondelld

This course was very good. I didn't have a textbook, but I made it though the course.

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1/9/14 by stacysaez

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1/8/14 by mayfieldakeiba

This was a hard course, but it is worth it in the end.

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7/17/13 by casey

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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7/4/13 by delynn10

Really enjoy the self pace.

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Great for those trying to advance quickly.

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10/15/12 by zachull0

I like the self-motivation 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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9/3/12 by Tuckerryan360

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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8/8/12 by zachull0

I like the self-motivation 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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6/25/12 by sgreenspoon91

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4/15/12 by charlotte.glad

I liked working at my own speed. I learn slowly and have to repeat chapters often.

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3/29/12 by ndrw.brn

I really enjoyed the self-paced 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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2/14/12 by misskristinap

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2/11/12 by sherrijo711

The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.

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2/10/12 by sherrijo711

The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.

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The courseload was not to difficult to handle

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12/28/11 by pllayne08

The whole setup is in a great format and your staff is very polite,prompt and helpful.

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11/18/11 by sgreenspoon91

I liked the final. It was very straightforward

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I really enjoyed the self-paced 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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1/3/11 by sherrijo711

The book used for this course was very clearly written, and made it easy to understand the concepts.

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12/20/10 by jmd223

the course presentations were thorough

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12/7/10 by chovesh

The courseload was not to difficult to handle

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9/19/10 by pllayne08

The whole setup is in a great format and your staff is very polite,prompt and helpful.

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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 Pre-algebra Review
  • Classifying Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Classify numbers as natural, whole, integer.
  • Define rational and irrational numbers.
  • Write an integer as a fraction.
  • Find the prime factorization for a number.
  • Find the GCF for two or more numbers.
  • Find the LCM for two or more numbers.
  • Reduce Fractions to lowest terms.
  • Add and subtract fractions.
  • Multiply fractions.
  • Divide fractions.
2 The Real Numbers
  • Decimals and Percents
  • Real Numbers and Number Line
  • Orders on Real Numbers
  • Write a decimal in expanded form.
  • Write a decimal as a fraction.
  • Write a fraction as a decimal.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals.
  • Convert decimals to percents and percents to decimals.
  • Convert fractions to percents and percents to fractions.
  • Identify real numbers.
  • Represent integers and real numbers on the number line.
  • Find the absolute value of a number.
  • Represent intervals on the number line.
3 Operations with Real Numbers
  • Operations with Real Numbers
  • Exponential Expressions
  • Order of Operations
  • Add two real numbers.
  • Subtract one real number from another.
  • Add and subtract several real numbers.
  • Multiply two real numbers.
  • Divide one real number by another.
  • Evaluate expressions with exponents.
  • Evaluate expressions using the correct order of operations.
  • Evaluate expressions with more than one grouping symbol.
  • Solve applications.
4 Properties of Real Numbers
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Properties of Real Numbers
  • Simplifying Expressions
  • Identify algebraic expressions.
  • Translate verbal expressions to algebraic expressions.
  • Translate algebraic expressions to verbal expressions.
  • Evaluate algebraic expressions.
  • Determine whether a given number satisfies an algebraic equation.
  • Identify properties of real numbers.
  • Find the additive and/or subtractive inverse of a real number.
  • Add, subtract and combine like terms.
  • Use the properties of real numbers to simplify expressions.
  • Solve applications.
5 Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
  • The Addition and Multiplication Properties of Equality
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Solving Literal Equations (Formulae)
  • Determine whether a number satisfies an equation.
  • Use the addition and subtraction properties of equality to solve equations.
  • Use the multiplication and division properties of equality to solve equations.
  • Multiply by reciprocals to solve equations.
  • Multiply by least common multiples to solve equations.
  • Solving applications involving percents.
  • Solve linear equations by using all properties of equality and the rules.
  • Use a formula to solve an application.
  • Translate verbal expressions into algebraic expressions in more detail.
6 Applications of Linear Equations and Linear Inequalities in One Variable
  • Applications of Linear Equations
  • Solving Linear Inequalities
  • Applications of Linear Inequalities
  • Solve word problems using linear equations.
  • Solve applications involving numbers and mixture problems.
  • Determine which of two numbers is greater.
  • Use the notation of inequalities.
  • Solve and graph linear inequalities.
  • Use the addition and subtraction properties of inequalities.
  • Use the multiplication and division properties of inequalities with positive numbers.
  • Use the multiplication and division properties of inequalities with negative numbers.
  • Write, solve, and graph compound inequalities.
  • Solve an application using inequalities.
7 Linear Equations in Two Variables
  • Solutions of Equations in Two Variables
  • Graphing Lines in the Coordinate Plane
  • Slope of a Line
  • Three Forms for the Equation of a Line
  • Find solutions of equations in two variables.
  • Graph ordered pairs of numbers.
  • Determine the coordinates of a point in the plane.
  • Graph a linear equation.
  • Graph a line using intercepts.
  • Solve applications involving linear equations.
  • Find the slope of a line given two points.
  • Find the slope of a line given the equation of the line.
  • Determine whether two lines are parallel, perpendicular, or neither.
  • Write the equation of a line in three forms.
8 Polynomials
  • Exponents and Polynomials
  • Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials
  • Multiplication of Polynomials
  • Division of Polynomials
  • Use properties of exponents.
  • Classify polynomials.
  • Find the degree of a polynomial.
  • Add and subtract polynomials.
  • Multiply a binomial by a binomial.
  • Multiply any two polynomials.
  • Find the product of two binomials that differ only by the sign between terms.
  • Divide a polynomial by a monomial.
  • Divide a polynomial by a binomial.
  • Divide one polynomial by another polynomial.
9 Factoring
  • The Greatest Common Factor and the Factorization of Polynomials
  • Factoring ax^2+bx+c
  • Factoring Strategy
  • Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring and Applications
  • Find the greatest common factor of numbers and terms.
  • Write polynomials in factored form.
  • Factor by grouping. Factor trinomials.
  • Factor a polynomial by using a trial and error process.
  • Factor squares of binomials.
  • Use "ac method" to factor.
  • Factor the sum or difference of two cubes.
  • Factor a polynomial by using general factoring strategy.
  • Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  • Solve applications of quadratic equations.
10 Rational Expressions
  • Working with Rational Expressions-I
  • Working with Rational Expressions- II
  • Solving Equations with Rational Expressions
  • Applications
  • Determine the values that make a rational expression undefined.
  • Simplify a rational expression to lowest terms.
  • Multiply two rational expressions.
  • Divide one rational expression by another.
  • Add and subtract rational expressions.
  • Use cross-multiplying to solve equations.
  • Solve equations involving rational expressions.
  • Solve applications with ratios and proportions.
11 Powers and Roots
  • Roots and Radicals
  • Operations with Rational Exponents and Radicals
  • Solving Equations with Radicals and Exponents
  • Square roots, cube roots and nth roots of numbers.
  • Find principal roots of numbers.
  • Recognize and write a root using the radical notation.
  • Evaluate radicals.
  • Find the conjugate of a sum or difference of radicals.
  • Simplify radicals using properties of radicals.
  • Find the approximate value of radicals using a graphing calculator.
  • Write radicals as a rational exponent and rational exponents as a radical.
  • Evaluate and simplify rational exponents.
  • Solve equations involving radicals and rational exponents.
12 Quadratic Equations
  • Using the Square Root Property and Factoring
  • Completing the Square
  • The Quadratic Formula
  • Applications
  • Solve quadratic equations by square root property.
  • Solve quadratic equations by factoring.
  • Complete the square for a trinomial expression.
  • Solve quadratic equations by completing the square.
  • Write quadratic equations in standard form.
  • Solve quadratic equations by the quadratic formula.
  • Use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangle.
  • Solve word problems involving quadratic equations.
13 Systems of Linear Equations
  • The Graphing Method
  • The Substitution Method
  • The Addition (Elimination) Method
  • Applications
  • Solve a system of two equations in two variables by graphing.
  • Solve a system of two equations in two variables by adding.
  • Solve a system of two equations in two variables by substitution.
  • Determine whether a system of equations is consistent, inconsistent, or dependent.
  • Solve applications involving coin, general, motion, and investment problems.
14 Functions and Interpreting Graphs
  • Introduction to Functions
  • Applications of Functions
  • Interpreting Graphs
  • Find domain and ranges.
  • Determine whether a relation is a function.
  • Use function notation.
  • Solve an application.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide functions.
  • Read and interpret graphs.
  • Solve applications involving graphs.
15 Course Review
  • Review
  • Review of the course topics.

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

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This course does not require a text.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

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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

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