Elementary Algebra


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Credits:  Noncredit
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Course Title:Elementary Algebra
Course Code:None
Credits:Noncredit
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Transfer:No, the noncredit version of the course is not transferable.
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
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Course Requirements
Enrollment Type:RollingSign up and start any day of the year.
Requires Textbook?NoAll of the course materials are online.
Proctored Final:NoThe noncredit version doesn't have a proctored final; but your college may require it.
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Course Description
This course was designed for students without any algebraic background. The course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Intermediate Algebra. Topics include algebraic techniques on real numbers, order of operation, exponents, absolute value, factoring, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, linear and quadratic equations, graphs of linear equations, graphs of inequalities, linear systems, systems of inequalities, and mathematical modeling. Upon completion, students will be able to solve real world applications and use appropriate models for analysis.
Elementary Algebra is an Omega MathTM Course.
Note: This class is equivalent to one year of High School Algebra l.

Prerequisite:   Students should know basic operations with fractions, decimals and area and perimeter formulas for common geometric figures.

Approvals for this Course
Meets Common Core Requirements: Yes
UC Approved: Yes

Course Pricing
The full cost of the course is $125.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $72.25   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $59.75   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

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Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued by Westcott for students who receive a C or better in the course. This course under the noncredit option does not go through our partner universities; thus, a transcript is not included with the course. If you need academic credit and/or a transcript, click on the button above or below to switch to the 'credit option'.
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The noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. The noncredit courses can be used for remediation, personal enrichment, or students can learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using their college's Credit by Examination option.

Enrollment Information
Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 1 - 3 months. The upper level math courses, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 2 - 4 months.

Textbook Requirement:
No outside textbook is needed. Our Omega MathTM courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Our lessons start out with the easiest examples, and then move slowly to the more advanced problems. Between examples, there are interactive problems which make sure the student understands the concepts, as well as enables the student to store the information into long term memory.

Proctored Final Requirement:
A proctored final is not required for the noncredit courses. However, many colleges permit their students to use our noncredit certificate as a prerequisite for the next level course. These colleges require a proctored final for the course. If you are a student from one of these colleges, the final exam must be proctored at college testing center or a Sylvan Learning Center. A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near your home:   Proctored Final Instructions
Note: Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, and College of the Desert provide a testing center for their students on their campus.

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Omega MathTM Courses - you must be at or above a 7th grade reading level. Other courses require at least a 10th grade reading level.

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The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

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Certificate Information:
A certificate of completion is issued from Westcott Courses, which includes a letter grade and an overall percentage earned in the class. This course under the noncredit option does not go through Brandman University; thus, it does not carry any units and an official transcript is not included with the course. Some colleges such as Cal State Maritime, San Francisco State University, College of the Desert, etc., accept the certificate of completion for this class as a prerequisite towards another course on their campus. Please see our Associated Schools page to see if your college will accept this class under noncredit. If your college is not on this list, then they most likely want you to take the class under the credit option, which will go through Brandman University.

If you would like preapproval from your school, please see the section below on "Preapproval from your School".

Transfer Information:   No, the noncredit version of the course is not transferable.

Noncredit courses are not transferable; however, some of our Associated Schools permit their students to take this course under the noncredit option, and use it as a prerequisite for the next course. Check the list to see if your college permits this noncredit option. If your school is not on this list and you want to transfer the course to your college, you will need to enroll under the semester credit option. If you would like preapproval from your school, please see the preapproval tab. If you would like to take this class for personal enrichment, the noncredit course is the exact same class as the credit course; it is just less expensive since it is not sent through our partner university for credit. The noncredit courses can also be used to learn the material and then receive credit at a home college using Credit by Examination. (K-12 use)

Preapproval from your School:
Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and a certificate of completion is issued. A course under the noncredit option cannot be used towards college graduation; however, it may be able to be used as a prerequisite at some colleges, such as College of the Desert, and/or graduate programs. View the Associated Colleges page to see if your school is listed. If your school is not on our list, they will most likely want the official transcript and semester credits from our credit option. Click on the link above "View the Credit Option", and then view the Preapproval tab.

Course Information


Course Title:Elementary Algebra
Course Code:None
Credits:0 credits
Certificate Provider:Westcott Courses
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: No

Textbook Requirement:
No outside textbook is needed. Our Omega MathTM courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Our lessons start out with the easiest examples, and then move slowly to the more advanced problems. Between examples, there are interactive problems which make sure the student understands the concepts, as well as enables the student to store the information into long term memory.

Course Description

This course was designed for students without any algebraic background. The course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Intermediate Algebra. Topics include algebraic techniques on real numbers, order of operation, exponents, absolute value, factoring, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, linear and quadratic equations, graphs of linear equations, graphs of inequalities, linear systems, systems of inequalities, and mathematical modeling. Upon completion, students will be able to solve real world applications and use appropriate models for analysis.
Elementary Algebra is an Omega MathTM Course.
Note: This class is equivalent to one year of High School Algebra l.

Prerequisite:   Students should know basic operations with fractions, decimals and area and perimeter formulas for common geometric figures.

Approvals for this Course
Meets Common Core Requirements: Yes
UC Approved: Yes

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the properties of real numbers, roots and exponents and be able to apply them to algebraic expressions.
  2. Solve linear equations, inequalities and their applications.
  3. Graph a variety of linear equations.
  4. Perform algebraic operations with polynomials.
  5. Understand the difference between an equation and an expression.
  6. Simplify and factor expressions.
  7. Simplify and factor algebraic expressions.
  8. Solve equations involving rational and radical expressions.
  9. Solve quadratic equations using the factor method, the quadratic formula, the square root property, and completing the square.
  10. Solve systems of linear equations with algebraic and graphical methods.
  11. Analyze and interpret linear equations using graphs, tables and equations.
  12. Express relationships among quantities using variables.
  13. Solve real life applications involving social and civic significance.
  14. Demonstrate real-world problem solving skills. Analyze the problem and break it into parts, recognize the concepts applicable to the parts, recognize the relationship between the parts, write the concepts in proper algebraic representations, solve the problem in symbols, interpret the final results.
  15. Recognize a language description, geometric and algebraic representation, and be able to transfer from one form to the other.


Methods Of Evaluation

Homework quizzes 15%
Chapter tests 60%
Final Exam 25%
Students must get at least 60% on the Proctored Final Exam in order to pass the class with a C or better.*

Homework Quizzes: 15%

Homework assignments are essential in a mathematics course. It is not possible to master the course without a considerable amount of time being devoted to studying the concepts and solving problems. Each lesson contains a set of homework problems, and you are required to do all the odd problems for each section. Work out each problem, and then check the solution manual for a detailed solution. Do not continue to the next problem until you understand your mistake. Once you feel comfortable with the homework set, take the homework quiz for that section. The homework quizzes are revised problems from the homework sets. You may take each quiz twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate your quiz grade. Once you take a quiz, figure out what you did wrong on the problems that you missed and then try the quiz again. It is important to figure what you did wrong before you push forward. If you figure out your errors at this step, you will be less likely to make the same error on the test or the final. The struggle to figure out what you did wrong stores the mathematics into your long-term memory, and aids in building abstract thinking.

Chapter Tests: 60%

After you have completed a chapter, and understand everything in the lessons, homework sets and quizzes, take the chapter test. The chapter tests are revised problems from the quizzes. You may take each chapter test twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate your chapter test grade. Once you take a chapter test, figure out what you did wrong on the problems that you missed and then try the chapter test again. It is important to figure what you did wrong before you push forward. If you figure out your errors at this step, you will be less likely to make the same error on the final.

Assessment

A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

Instructional Process

In this course we will explore mathematical concepts, methods and applications from life issues, business and finance, social and environmental issues. Civic and social issues will be used as problems to apply the subject principles. Using the civic, social, and life related examples will help students understand the subject at a deeper level. After an introduction in each section, problems will be solved that start with the easiest examples and move slowly to the more advanced problems with Student Interactive Problems (SIP) in between. The SIPs are important! They give you a chance to slow down and make sure you understand the material. If you get the problem correct, continue on with the next example. If you get the problem wrong, you will be taken to a page that works out the problem in detail. The SIPs play a large part in storing the topics along with their procedures into your long-term memory. Each homework set contains applications for that lesson. These real life applications create a better understanding of math in our world and how it applies to every day life.

Course Content Menu


Chapter 1 - Real Numbers

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
1.1 - Sets and Number Sets1.11.1
1.2 - Addition of Real Numbers1.21.2
1.3 - Subtraction of Real Numbers1.31.3
1.4 - Multiplication & Division of Real Numbers1.41.4
1.5 - Properties of Real Numbers1.51.5
1.6 - The Language of Algebra1.61.6
1.7 - Absolute Value1.71.7
 
Chapter 1 Test ( 27 questions )
 
Chapter 2 - Exponents & Polynomials

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
2.1 - Whole Number Exponents2.12.1
2.2 - Negative Exponents2.22.2
2.3 - Order of Operation and Evaluating Expressions2.32.3
2.4 - Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials2.42.4
2.5 - Multiplication of Polynomials2.52.5
2.6 - Special Products2.62.6
2.7 - Division of Polynomials2.72.7
 
Chapter 2 Test ( 27 questions )
 
Chapter 3 - Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
3.1 - Linear Equations3.13.1
3.2 - More Linear Equations3.23.2
3.3 - Literal Equations3.33.3
3.4 - Linear Inequalities3.43.4
3.5 - Applications of Linear Equations & Inequalities3.53.5
 
Chapter 3 Test ( 29 questions )
 
Chapter 4 - Factoring

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
4.1 - Factoring the Greatest Common Factor4.14.1
4.2 - Factoring the Difference of Squares4.24.2
4.3 - Factoring the Quadratic:  ax2 + bx + c, a = 14.34.3
4.4 - Factoring the Quadratic:  ax2 + bx + c, a 14.44.4
4.5 - Factoring other forms of Polynomials4.54.5
4.6 - Solving Quadratic Equations4.64.6
 
Chapter 4 Test ( 23 questions )
 
Chapter 5 - Rational Expressions & Equations

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
5.1 - Simplifying Rational Expressions5.15.1
5.2 - Multiplication and Division5.25.2
5.3 - Addition and Subtraction5.35.3
5.4 - Complex Fractions5.45.4
5.5 - Rational Equations5.55.5
 
Chapter 5 Test ( 16 questions )
 
Chapter 6 - Graphing Linear Equations

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
6.1 - Points on a Number Line and the Coordinate Plane6.16.1
6.2 - Linear Equations, Slopes, x and y Intercepts6.26.2
6.3 - Graphing Lines6.36.3
6.4 - Equations of Lines6.46.4
6.5 - Graphs of Linear Inequalities6.56.5
 
Chapter 6 Test ( 23 questions )
 
Chapter 7 - Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
7.1 - Linear Systems - The Graphing Method7.17.1
7.2 - Linear Systems - Substitution Method7.27.2
7.3 - Linear Systems - Elimination Method7.37.3
7.4 - Systems of Linear Inequalities7.47.4
 
Chapter 7 Test ( 13 questions )
 
Chapter 8 - Radicals

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
8.1 - Introduction to Radicals8.18.1
8.2 - Simplifying Radicals8.28.2
8.3 - Addition and Subtraction of Radicals8.38.3
8.4 - Multiplication and Division of Radicals8.48.4
8.5 - Radical Equations8.58.5
8.6 - Distance and Midpoint Formulas8.68.6
 
Chapter 8 Test ( 23 questions )
 
Chapter 9 - Quadratic Equations

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
9.1 - Square Root Property9.19.1
9.2 - Completing the Square9.29.2
9.3 - The Quadratic Formula9.39.3
 
Chapter 9 Test ( 12 questions )
 
Chapter 10 - Applications

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
10.1 - Mixture, Concentrate and Work10.110.1
10.2 - Rate, Time and Distance10.210.2
10.3 - Ratio and Proportion10.310.3
 
Chapter 10 Test ( 16 questions )
 
Elementary Algebra Final Exam


Time on Task

This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

Schedule

Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

Week Complete Sections
2 1.1 - 1.3
2 1.4 - 1.6
3 1.7 - 2.2
4 2.3 - 2.5
5 2.6 - 3.1
6 3.2 - 3.4
7 3.5 - 4.2
8 4.3 - 4.5
9 4.6 - 5.2
10 5.3 - 5.5
11 6.1 - 6.3
12 6.4 - 7.1
13 7.2 - 7.4
14 8.1 - 8.3
15 8.4 - 8.6
16 9.1 - 9.3
17 10.1 - 10.3
Final Exam



Code of Conduct:


Code of Ethics:

Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

Respectful communications:

When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

Grading information and proctored final policies:

The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

Examples of academic misconduct:

Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

Unauthorized collaboration:

Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

Important Notes:

This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.


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These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who'd like to enroll. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses that are available instantly. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university, Brandman University who is regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken at the university's campus.

Read more about transferring the credits.

Teachers for the course:

The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

Omega MathTM Courses:

Courses that have the trademark of "Omega MathTM Courses", are courses that have been written by our Omega Math team, and have a format that students love! These courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Students can take each test and quiz twice, and only the higher of the two scores counts towards their grade. This feature enables students to figure out what they did wrong before pushing forward, providing them with a deeper understanding of the course material.