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Hours: **
24**

Duration of Access: **6 weeks**

Start Dates: **
Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 12**

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## SyllabusA new session of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart. ## Week 1## Wednesday - Lesson 01Our first lesson will help you become acquainted with the kinds of questions you'll see on the math portion of the GED® test. Did you know that you'll need to use a specific type of calculator? We'll also look at some basic math concepts and problem solving techniques that you can use throughout the course. ## Friday - Lesson 02Fractions are the first skills that everyone forgets after leaving school. This lesson focuses on the basics of fractions, decimals, and percentages you'll need in order to prepare for the GED® math module. This lesson is intense, but those skills will most likely come back to you quickly . . . and I'll be by your side to answer any questions you may have. ## Week 2## Wednesday - Lesson 03Math laws and rules set the stage for the computations you'll perform in future lessons and on the math part of the GED® test. You'll find out how Aunt Sally will help you remember the order of operations, and you'll learn to write large numbers and small numbers without using dozens of zeros. You'll also find out the rules for adding negative numbers, so you'll never find your bank balance overdrawn. ## Friday - Lesson 04When you see test directions that tell you, "Solve for n," do you get nervous? In Lesson 4, you'll learn some terms we use in algebra, including "variable" and "coefficient," and you'll find out how to simplify complicated expressions and solve problems. This lesson covers the basics of algebra, and I'll include lots of practice to ensure that you understand those basics. Algebra isn't as scary as you might think! ## Week 3## Wednesday - Lesson 05
This lesson is all about equations. First you'll learn the language of algebra, and then you'll write algebra sentences. From there, we'll move on to solving equations and inequalities. ## Friday - Lesson 06Everything you need to know about quadratic equations for the GED® test is in this lesson. We'll cover the greatest common factor, factoring, and the FOIL procedure. By the time we're done, you'll be confidently solving quadratic equations. ## Week 4## Wednesday - Lesson 07In Lesson 7, you'll put your algebra skills to work as you create lines on a coordinate grid. You'll locate points on a grid and then write equations for lines. By the end of the lesson, you'll know what slope is and how to figure out the steepness of a line. ## Friday - Lesson 08Lesson 8 includes math that you can use in your home improvement projects as well as on the GED® test. Need to paint or carpet a room? How about building a new fence for your yard? You'll learn how to figure the area and perimeter of all kinds of shapes. ## Week 5## Wednesday - Lesson 09Lesson 9 adds a third dimension to the plane objects in the previous lesson. You'll learn to compute the volume and surface area of solid objects, including prisms, spheres, pyramids, and cylinders. ## Friday - Lesson 10Statistics will help you excel on the math, social studies, and science parts of the GED® test. In today's lesson, you'll find out about permutations and combinations as well as measures of central tendency and probability. This lesson may not help you win the lottery, but you'll be ready for questions related to statistics! ## Week 6## Wednesday - Lesson 11Lesson 11 gives you a chance to put many of your new math skills to work. We'll use proportions, functions, charts, and your algebra skills to solve word problems that may have stumped you in the past. ## Friday - Lesson 12Lesson 12 looks at graphs that you're likely to encounter on the GED® math, science, and social studies modules. I'll also give you test-taking tips and tell you how to register for and schedule your GED® test. |

I am about to take my final exam and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to take this course! In high school, my mathematical abilities were practically non-existent; however, I now have found a new confidence in my abilities that will allow me to successfully start and complete a university degree in the near future!

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