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College Algebra

Sophia's College Algebra course helps you build mastery around linear, non­-linear, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. Demonstrate the application of these concepts through Sophia's scenario­-based activities designed around real world situations that help you apply this knowledge in both personal and professional settings. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Using problem­-based learning and real­-world situations, this course teaches you how to apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's College Algebra Course helps you build mastery around linear, non­-linear, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. Demonstrate the application of these concepts through Sophia's scenario­-based activities designed around real world situations that help you apply this knowledge in both personal and professional settings.

In Sophia's College Algebra Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 15 Challenge assessments and 5 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Perform mathematical functions involving real numbers.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to linear equations, inequalities, and series/sequences.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to linear representations and systems of linear equations and inequalities.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to algebraic expressions and quadratic equations.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to functions and non­linear equations.


158 Student Reviews
by Luis T. on January 8, 2017
The course would be phenomenal if they showed the steps to get the right answer after getting the 10 tries wrong in the course challenges..
by Ashley B. on January 6, 2017
I would add something as fine print explaining that if you have ever had issues learning math this is NOT the course for you.
Sophia replied on January 9, 2017

Hi Ashley - Thanks for your feedback. Yes, we understand that Math does not come easily for many of our students. That's why we have "on demand" tutoring available within the courseroom, 24x7. We also have our team of learning coaches to help along the way. Congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Clifford "Chip" M. on January 6, 2017
I would like to thank all the tutors who helped me with this course, you rock!
by Jose I. on January 3, 2017
Before taking this course I was told it would only take 5.5 weeks to complete. I was given a 30-day extension to complete this course is so involved that it took longer than previously stated. The provided tutorials lacked information on how to use certain formulas for a given problem, which lead me to seek for other online resources to assist me in solving most equations. Some of these problems were so absurd that it took me hours to solve one question. I honestly would not recommend any student to sign up for this online course.
Sophia replied on January 3, 2017

Congratulations Jose on your successful course completion. This is a self-paced course, so time to completion does vary by student. I hope you availed yourself of both the "on demand" tutoring services (available within the courseroom) and our team of Learning Coaches. These are key resources for students taking this course. Congratulations on earning the credits towards your degree!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Kristen S. on December 31, 2016
More examples on how to apply what is being taught would be a great help to anyone taking this course.
by Muna A. on December 31, 2016
The page set-up is awesome, Colorful and not overwhelming. Tutorial setup is well done. I gained a lot of knowledge.
by Shelly R. on December 28, 2016
I was scared to death lol
by Shawnda M. on December 28, 2016
This was a really hard course to take first for the learning curve of doing it on your own, but I feel the material is perfect and its well put together.


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