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Foundations of College Algebra

Foundations of College Algebra

Sophia's Foundations of College Algebra course builds foundational algebraic and problem solving skills needed to succeed in a college-level algebra course. You will build your understanding of linear and quadratic relationships, and apply these concepts to real world situations through Sophia's scenario-based activities. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Sophia's Foundations of College Algebra course builds foundational algebraic and problem solving skills needed to succeed in a college-level algebra course.  You will build your understanding of linear and quadratic relationships, and apply these concepts to real world situations through Sophia's scenario-based activities.

In Sophia's Foundations of College Algebra Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 6 Challenge assessments and 2 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:
Simplify and evaluate numerical expressions
Solve linear equations and inequalities
Interpret slope, intercepts, and graphs of lines
Simplify and multiply exponents and polynomials
Factor polynomial expressions
Solve quadratic equations
Perform operations on complex numbers


50 Student Reviews
by Withrow N. on April 6, 2019
Great Algebra refresher!
by Dennis M. on April 2, 2019
You can get a lot out of this if you try. Sophia courses are great because you work at your own pace.
by Shadasha R. on April 1, 2019
Thank you so much
by Dawn P. on March 26, 2019
this was a great course to take and the proctor Nolan gave me good luck on my final milestone
by Alexis H. on March 18, 2019
This course is smaller and allows you to get the full 4.5 credits for only 2 sets of modules and 2 Milestones which is great! However if you are like me and math is not your strong point be prepared to go searching through 80+ pages of PDF's to assist with taking the Milestones. This course does offer some videos which are great but the majority of the course work you need to search through PDF's. Also you aren't allowed to use a calculator with the Proctor exam which sucks!!!! You can't even use the calculator on your computer which the Proctor can see!!! I also had to fight to use my notes as I was told that no scrap paper or "materials" as they called it was allowed. Sophia really has to do something about that. How in the world are you to take a math exam and pass with no calculator or scrap paper??? I'm SOOO glad this course is over and thankfully I passed!!!
Sophia replied on March 31, 2019

Hello Alexis, thank you for your review. Great news! We have successfully worked with the American Council for Education and have recently implemented a new student verification model called TypingDNA. Your next course with us will be proctor-free! It's feedback like yours that make us better, so thank you for taking the time to send us your review. Happy learning!

— Kelly N. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Heather G. on February 11, 2019
I loved this college algebra course. The proctor exam went well and I am pleased with this service.
by Shonae S. on February 7, 2019
Great class!
by Maria C. on January 27, 2019
This class was alright. The proctor process at the end was not clear and the associate I had was terrible. I was not able to use a page of notes with written formulas to help and she was snappy threwout with didn’t help with her constant interruptions to move my camera on screen which I never moved. The language barrier made the interruptions during the exit exam even more disruptive. I just prayed to end with a 50%


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