This math course with its unique and thought-provoking style 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.

Math problem solving has never been made easier with this concise and straightforward course to help you understand some of the most important mathematical concepts of algebra: order of operations, units of measurement, scientific notation, algebraic equations, rational numbers, even fundamental concepts of accounting--- calculating simple interest, and more.

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

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week 1

Lesson 01 - Algebra: Here to Make Life Simpler

Wednesday

Today we'll begin to explore *Al-jabru,* Arabic for algebra, which means the science of restoration and canceling. We'll go in search of algebraic solutions. On our quest, you'll learn definitions, numeric properties, and basic operations that originated from the ancient lands where papyrus was used instead of paper.

Lesson 02 - How Do You Measure Up?

Friday

How do calories contribute to weight gain? How can you make a dense cake? You'll answer these and other questions in today's lesson. You'll learn the different physical quantities, their units of measurement, and why they're important. I'll show you the dimensions of length, area, and volume and how to convert their units of measurement. You'll also learn the difference between mass and weight, and density and weight density.

Week 2

Lesson 03 - Evaluation Time Again

Wednesday

Today we'll talk about evaluation, but not the type of evaluation your boss or your teacher may give you … well, at least not until your final exam. In this lesson, we'll evaluate algebraic expressions by using the order of operations and the distributive property. You'll also learn translation as we translate word problems into numerical ones.

Lesson 04 - Formula: Another Name for Equation

Friday

In this lesson, you'll learn formulas for basic shapes: squares and rectangles, triangles, circles, spheres, cylinders, and cubes. You may be thinking, "This is a geometry course, too?" In a way you're correct—some aspects of geometry involve formulas, which people use in everyday life. And where there are formulas, algebra can't far behind.

Week 3

Lesson 05 - Balancing Acts: Equations

Wednesday

Today you'll learn how to balance equations while learning even more formulas, such as those used to calculate interest, distance, and temperature. We'll talk about how to translate these types of verbal equations into numerical ones. So this is your chance to hone reading comprehension skills, too!

Lesson 06 - Investments, Mixtures, and Percentage Changes

Friday

In this lesson, we'll calculate problems involving percentages, such as how much to invest at different interest rates to obtain optimum interest, and you'll learn how to determine a specific quantity of a component of a mixture or solution given specific concentrations. I'll also show you how to buy wisely by teaching you how to calculate percent increase and decrease, sales tax, and discounts.

Week 4

Lesson 07 - Equate It in Words

Wednesday

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

Lesson 08 - Proportions and Variations

Friday

In today's lesson, you'll learn ratios and how to apply them to probability and odds. You'll learn how to solve proportions involving wildlife census taking, measurement of scales, and calculation of gas mileage. You'll 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. Let's get moving and try not to break any laws—scientific laws, that is!

Week 5

Lesson 09 - Uniform Linear Motion

Wednesday

In this lesson, you'll engage in outdoor activities such as jogging, boating, and traveling in order to solve equations of uniform linear motion. We'll talk about how to calculate distance, rate (speed), and time while going in the same direction, opposite directions, and with wind and water current.

Lesson 10 - Solving Rational Equations

Friday

Today, you'll learn how to use the formula that employs the same concept as the uniform linear motion equation. It is the job formula (or equation) and it involves rational equations. You'll calculate how long it takes to finish the 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.

Week 6

Lesson 11 - Algebraic Rational Equations

Wednesday

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

Lesson 12 - Potpourri of Algebraic Equations

Friday

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

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.

Thank you for teaching this class and taking the time to help as needed. I feel a little more confident in helping my daughter with her math homework now. I just got a job with Princeton Review to tutor students on the SAT. Taking this class refreshed my mind enough that I passed the math pre-test in order to get the job.

This was a great course, taught by a knowledgeable instructor. I liked how the subject was put into a context that related to everyday life and was mixed with other subjects to make it more interesting. Thank you for making Algebra as painless as possible!

This course was informative and very useful to me in my future educational endeavors. I loved the instructor's sense of humor and teaching style, she made algebra practical and understandable and took the "fear" out of it.

Thank you for this course. It really was what I was looking for; the format, the time flexibility, and the easy accessibility made all the positive difference for me. Thank you very much!

The class is an algebraic workout doing various problems and review of previous algebra class work. I recommend this course to those who are weak in Algebra.

I really enjoyed this course and I am satisfied with the material covered. Everything was straightforward with good examples. I will recommend this course to friends.

This course really helped me to rethink and improve on skills that I have not used in over 20 years. I took this course a refresher so I can re-test for my math placement. I'm hoping that this course will do that. This course was also very affordable and interesting. At the very least it has taught me some very good core algebra functions and applied them to my life.

Thank you for teaching me this course! I developed new skills as I hoped. Your lessons were very detailed and helped me understand the subject easily.

I would just like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. I have to admit I was a little confounded by some of the problems in the course, but those were the ones that challenged me to think harder.

Thank you Sharon for the opportunity to learn this material with you. It exceeded by expectations, since there was a lot I had forgotten since high school. I really appreciated the real-life examples, and how you were able to explain the mathematical concepts easily.