Topic outline

  • Course Introduction

    In this course, you will study basic algebraic operations and concepts, as well as the structure and use of algebra. This includes solving algebraic equations, factoring algebraic expressions, working with rational expressions, and graphing linear equations. You will apply these skills to solve real-world problems (word problems). Each unit will have its own application problems, depending on the concepts you have been exposed to. This course is also intended to provide you with a strong foundation for intermediate algebra and beyond. It will begin with a review of some math concepts formed in pre-algebra, such as ordering operations and simplifying simple algebraic expressions, to get your feet wet. You will then build on these concepts by learning more about functions, graphing of functions, evaluation of functions, and factorization. You will spend time on the rules of exponents and their applications in distribution of multiplication over addition/subtraction.

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  • Unit 1: Review of Major Pre-Algebra Concepts

    We begin by quickly reviewing the basics of pre-algebra concepts. Materials covered in this unit will be familiar to those who have had pre-algebra. With a little more practice of the suggested problems and homework, every student, regardless of previous background, should be able to grasp the main concepts.

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  • Unit 2: Solving Linear Inequalities and Graphing

    In this unit, you will learn to apply the concept of solving equations to solve problems involving linear inequalities. You will also learn how to graph a straight line, use different methods to find the slope and intercept of a line, and interpret slope and intercept. You will learn more about types of straight lines.

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  • Unit 3: Exponents and Polynomials

    This section introduces you to the concept of evaluating exponents, converting scientific notations to decimal notations, and vice versa. You will apply these concepts to evaluating polynomial expressions.

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  • Unit 4: Factoring Polynomials

    This unit expands on what you learned in Unit 3. In Unit 4, you will learn to factor the greatest common factor by grouping and other factoring methods. Because factoring and distribution are opposite actions, you will be able to determine whether you have factored correctly by going in the opposite direction, which is distributing through multiplication.

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  • Unit 5: Rational Expression

    In this unit, you will learn how to evaluate rational expressions and perform operations such as addition, multiplication, and division involving rational expressions. You will apply the concept of multiplying rational expressions to dimensional analysis, where you will convert units from single/dual unit of measurement to another.

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  • Optional Course Evaluation Survey

    Please take a few moments to provide some feedback about this course at the link below. Consider completing the survey whether you have completed the course, you are nearly at that point, or you have just come to study one unit or a few units of this course.

    Link: Optional Course Evaluation Survey (HTML)

    Your feedback will focus our efforts to continually improve our course design, content, technology, and general ease-of-use. Additionally, your input will be considered alongside our consulting professors' evaluation of the course during its next round of peer review. As always, please report urgent course experience concerns to contact@saylor.org and/or our Discourse forums.

  • Final Exam


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