Introduction to Algebra

Develop a rich understanding of math while you study algebra in a relaxed and supportive environment. This course emphasizes practical math applications of your new algebra skills to help you learn math reasoning in a real-world context and discover solutions to almost any math problem.
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This online math course integrates mathematics, specifically algebra with many other areas of study, including history, biology, and geography. You will develop a rich understanding of math while you study algebra right here in a relaxed and supportive learning environment. Its emphasis on practical math applications of your new-found algebraic skills will help you learn math reasoning in a real-world context. As a result, you will acquire a wide variety of basic math skills that will help you find solutions to almost any math problem.

This concise and straightforward course will help you understand some of the most important mathematical concepts of algebra: order of operations, units of measurement, scientific notation, algebraic equations, rational numbers, and fundamental concepts of accounting like calculating simple interest.

By the time you finish this online math course, you will understand how algebra is relevant to every aspect of your daily life!

What you will learn

  • Learn definitions, numeric properties, and basic operations
  • Gain and understanding of algebraic concepts: order of operations, units of measurement, scientific notation, algebraic equations, rational numbers and more
  • Acquire a variety of math skills to solve almost any math problem
  • Learn to use your new found math skills in a variety of practical ways

How you will benefit

  • Obtain a wide variety of math skills that will help you find solutions to almost any math problem
  • Understand the most important mathematical concepts of algebra
  • Gain an understanding of how algebra is relevant in your daily life

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

Your first lesson introduces Al-jabru, the Arabic word for algebra that means the science of restoration and canceling. You will search for algebraic solutions and learn some definitions, numeric properties, and basic operations that originated from the ancient lands where papyrus was used instead of paper.

How do calories contribute to weight gain? You will answer this and other questions in this lesson. You will learn the different physical quantities, their units of measurement, and why they're important. You will also learn the difference between mass and weight, and density and weight density.

This lesson focuses on evaluation, but not the type of evaluation your boss might give you. You will learn about algebraic expressions by using the order of operations and the distributive property translation. You will also practice translating word problems into numerical ones.

In this lesson, you will learn formulas for basic shapes: squares and rectangles, triangles, circles, spheres, cylinders, and cubes. You may be thinking, "Is this also a geometry course?" In a way you're correct—some aspects of geometry involve formulas, which people use in everyday life.

This lesson will teach you how to balance equations with formulas, such as those used to calculate interest, distance, and temperature. You will also learn how to translate these types of verbal equations into numerical ones. So, this is a chance to hone your mathematic reading skills, too.

In this lesson, you will calculate problems involving percentages, such as how much to invest at different interest rates to obtain optimum interest, and you will learn how to determine a specific quantity of a component of a mixture or solution given specific concentrations.

The more you practice, the better you will be able to speak the language: the math language. Practice makes perfect! So, in this lesson, you will calculate populations, averages, lengths, and widths. You will also learn how to calculate consecutive integers, including consecutive odd and even integers.

In this lesson, you will learn ratios and how to apply them to probability and odds. You will also find out how quantities vary in equations, whether directly or indirectly, and how to apply these variations to scientific laws and equations involving weight, area, and equations of lines.

This lesson brings you outdoor to solve equations of uniform linear motion, with activities such as jogging, boating, and traveling. You will learn how to calculate distance, rate (speed), and time while going in the same direction, opposite directions, and with wind and water current.

This lesson focuses on using the formula that employs the same concept as the uniform linear motion equation. You will learn to calculate how long it takes to finish a job, how much of the job is done, and at what rate the job is done, depending on the number of people doing the job.

Discover some of the natural laws that govern the universe and delve into other physics concepts such as resistance, conductance, focal length, and forces while you learn some history of D-Day.

Potpourri, anyone? Test various problem-solving skills while you meet General Sherman and experience the gloominess of the Great Depression.

Sharon Daniels received a B.S. in physics from Southern University in Louisiana, and was accepted into a prestigious North Carolina Teach program. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She teaches for a private school, worked as a programmer/engineer for a large aerospace firm, and provides consulting, tutoring, and training services in statistics, calculus, programming, database and web design, project management, and economics.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.