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College Algebra

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. You will 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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Category: Math

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College Algebra

Course Description
Sophia's College Algebra course helps you build mastery around linear, non-linear, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. You will 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.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 18 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 5 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • 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 non-linear equations

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Sophia S. on March 20, 2020
Wow! I’ve been literally hiding from taking this course because I always believed that my brain would never understand and get through college algebra. I avoided algebra after the tenth grade and took alternative math classes. In college, I waited until the very last semester to take algebra and failed it. The professor straight up told me that I’m not made to understand math... adults dropped his class because he made so many of us feel inadequate. This class was the only thing keeping me from having my official degree and I’m so proud I passed it. It was challenging for me and took me a month; but the feeling of actually understanding the material and knowing how to apply formulas is amazing! My favorite tutor, Anthony Varela, explained better than ANY math teacher I’ve ever had. Sad that I spent thousands before on two college algebra classes when I could’ve just taken this class for a fraction of the price with someone who explains WELL and doesn’t make a student feel bad.
by Calin B. on August 1, 2019
This is a complex course and class. Do not think you will complete in 1-2 days. I took notes and watched the videos because I did algebra long time ago. Video lectures are just enough. The teachers are easy to understand. The final was not very challenging. However, the 4th and 5th milestone final are not easy. The 5th milestone final is hard. You can fail if you procrastinate and bot paying attention. So, long course, a lot of formulas. Take time and notes. This is not a course to do it in Starbucks. It needs a lot of attention. Good luck. Make sure you pray as well!!!
by Kyra J. on October 5, 2017
It was a great course, perfect for those who need a single credit course and don't want to dump their wallets. The tutorials were *mostly* helpful, you get what you put into the course. I would highly recommend this course. I had to get outside tutoring for some of the concepts, but for the most part it was a great course!
by Rian B. on April 12, 2020
Great course! I passed it in 5 days. but you have to take notes, lots of them. and make sure to read everything carefully, wording gets tricky in the last few topics..
by Nathan T. on November 24, 2016
Overall, great learning tool. My only complaint is that many of the video tutorials did not go in depth enough to complete the challenges. The challenge questions would be similar to problems worked out in the videos, but would have an added degree of difficulty that was hard to figure out on my own; and many times I couldn't figure it out at all. Otherwise I had a great experience with this.
by Donnel B. on October 24, 2016
Great, I wish I could take my whole degree like this.
by Curtis G. on February 6, 2017
It was HARD, but i made it through.
by Grant K. on January 19, 2018
This was a great option for someone who has a decent knowledge base of the subject. The tutorial videos were mostly good, but some didn't address the challenge questions very well. If I hadn't been practicing algebra for awhile, I think it would have been a big challenge.


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