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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 scenario-based activities. Full Description

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Category: Math and Science

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Description

Foundations of College Algebra

Course Description
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 scenario-based activities.

Grading & Assessments

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 6 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 2 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:

  • 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

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.

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by Ronnie M. on November 30, 2020
Easy
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by Jesica S. on November 27, 2020
Great review. Some of the questions were challenging but it's still a very easy class to get through. The only thing that I would suggest is to add more practice reviews for your math classes.
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by Amber P. on November 21, 2020
This course was phenomenal. Thank you for giving me the refresher in algebra that I needed before moving on to the more advanced math courses I need to complete my requirements!
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by Tia G. on November 15, 2020
Super easy. Just take the class.
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by Alyssa F. on November 11, 2020
Unit tutorials can be a bit confusing, and there was some point where negative square roots came into play, but imaginary numbers were not addressed until AFTER that unit. Made some of the prior unit questions confusing. But other than that, pretty simple!
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by Preston M. on November 11, 2020
Math is lame
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by Nicolas S. on November 11, 2020
The only problem was my own laziness
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by Lisa T. on November 10, 2020
I found the tutorials to be very limited, I had to use Khan Academy to teach myself the subject material to pass the course. However, I have been out of college for 15 years.

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    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

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    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included as part of a Sophia membership.

  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.

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