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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


109 Student Reviews
by Brian B. on December 7, 2017
Very easy to follow. Loved the fact that I could work at my own pace. I finished the class within a week. Recommended to anyone having to take this course to fulfill GE requirements.
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 Jennifer A. on August 27, 2017
the course assumed prime numbers were just 'known.' there should be a brief review of this concept if it is a constant mention throughout the course. Some lessons were not as thorough, making it difficult to differentiate between which formula should be used in milestones.
by Darriana R. on December 3, 2017
awesome tutorials
by Tomeika E. on February 17, 2018
I really enjoyed the college algebra course it was a success...
by Matthew S. on September 1, 2016
Great materials and tutorials to help you understand the materials
by Kaitlyn B. on May 22, 2017
This was a great refresher course. It covered all the Foundations of Algebra. The course tutorials were very helpful and explained the material very well. I finished this course in less than a week and I feel confident going into a more advanced math class.
by Michael C. on October 4, 2017
This class was a challenge for someone who hasn't done math in years, but I got through it and I know anyone else can too.


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