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# Udacity: College Algebra

with  Julie Sliva Spitzer and Miriam Swords Kalk
Complexity Tutorials
Santa Fe University via Complexity Explorer
Math is everywhere. In this class, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of algebraic principles, many of which you may have seen before, and learn how to use them to solve problems that we encounter in everyday life. The online version of College Algebra will cover all of the topics that you would see in more traditional class formats, but it will present the material in a way that we hope you’ll find fresh and interesting. You will learn about functions, polynomials, graphing, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic equations, and much more, all through exploring real-world scenarios.

Why Take This Course?
In this course, you will learn...

- To translate word problems into mathematical expressions or equations
- To manipulate algebraic expressions and solve equations
- To graph different types of functions and to understand the relationship between a function’s graph and its equation
- To model growth and decay

## Syllabus

The following topics will be covered. There will be two midterms and one final exam. There are no deadlines unless you are in the SJSU Plus-Udacity for-credit program.

Lesson 1: Number
Lesson 2: Expressions
Lesson 3: Polynomials
Lesson 4: Equations
Lesson 5-1: Coordinates
Lesson 5-2: Distance
Lesson 5-3: Midpoints And Slope
Lesson 6-1: Slope And Equations
Lesson 6-2: Points
Lesson 7: Forms of the Equation of a Line
Lesson 8: Inequalities And Absolute Value
Lesson 9: More Inequalities And Equations
Lesson 10: Parabolas
Lesson 11: Factoring
Lesson 12: Quadratic and Rational Inequalities
Lesson 13: More Parabolas
Lesson 14: Completing the Square
Lesson 16: Complex Numbers
Lesson 17: Functions
Lesson 18: Domain and Range
Lesson 19: Behavior of Functions
Lesson 20: Factor Theorem
Lesson 21: Rational Zero Test
Lesson 22: Intermediate Value Theorem
Lesson 24: Asymptotes
Lesson 25: Slant Asymptotes
Lesson 26: Transformations
Lesson 29: Exponential Functions
Lesson 30: Scientific Notation
Lesson 31: Logarithmic Functions
Lesson 32: Log Properties
Lesson 33: Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
Lesson 34: Population, Scrolls and Sound
13 Student
reviews
Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Provider Udacity
Language English
Hours 6 hours a week
Calendar 16 weeks long

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## 13 reviews for Udacity's College Algebra

8 out of 8 people found the following review useful
4 years ago
completed this course.
I took this course to fill some gaps of knowlegde I had my mathematical knowlegde. The good thing is that you can follow your own schedule and it became a bit of a hobby for me to finish this course as I love learning Maths and because this would be the first MOOC that I finished. As with all Udacity courses there ar Read More
I took this course to fill some gaps of knowlegde I had my mathematical knowlegde. The good thing is that you can follow your own schedule and it became a bit of a hobby for me to finish this course as I love learning Maths and because this would be the first MOOC that I finished.

As with all Udacity courses there are a lot of questions and at times I felt that longer vidoes like in Khan Academy would have benefited the course. There were occasions when I did further research to clearly understand the content and to be honest getting an answer from peers was not always easy but the course Tutor was quite active in checking questions and I did get some great replies.

I learnt quite alot from this course and see it as a great steping stone for anyone who wants to get that essential basic Algebra knowledge to pursue higher Mathematical goals. I probably over 80 hours on this course as there are many questions to answer.

I only give it 4 out of 5 as sometimes the format of answers could really frustrate me. For exampe 2x(4+y) would be seen as being correct and (4+y)2x would not. On the plus side its great to have so many questions as this is the best way to remember what you learn.

If you are a maths beginer try out this course or Khan Academy. You will get an excellent grounding and experience.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
audited this course.
First of all, let me preface this by saying I am a college graduate brushing up on his mathematics skills for the GRE, so my perspective might be skewed, but I found this course to be extremely annoying, not only is the course broken down into a million small 1 minuet videos, but they seemed to lag on the discussion in Read More
First of all, let me preface this by saying I am a college graduate brushing up on his mathematics skills for the GRE, so my perspective might be skewed, but I found this course to be extremely annoying, not only is the course broken down into a million small 1 minuet videos, but they seemed to lag on the discussion in some areas and skim through parts that involved extensive discussion, I did not like the instructors presentation skills (Im not a child). Lastly, and this is the most important part, The best way to learn mathematics is by practicing, and the practice problems cannot be graded in a step by step manner such as with cymath, in fact, often times the grading for the learning modules would be incorrect. You get what you pay for.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
is taking this course right now.
I am about 1/3 of the way through the course and I am really enjoying it. It's a great way to fill in the gaps in my knowledge and to master questions that used to seem confusing - sure some of the content is easy, but you can always play the videos x2 speed and skip the explanations if you're in a hurry.
11 months ago
is taking this course right now.
I guess the course is dropped by Udacity because the MathQuill bug is not solved in 5 months. Very disappointed! I guess I'll drop the class if I don't see my ticket resolved about this issue.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
dropped this course.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
is taking this course right now.
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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3 years ago
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
is taking this course right now.
a year ago
partially completed this course.