Math 101: College Algebra
 Course type: Selfpaced
 Available Lessons: 81
 Average Lesson Length: 8 min

Eligible for Credit: Yes
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chapter 1 / lesson 1What are the Different Types of Numbers?
Course Summary
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Lesson 1  What are the Different Types of Numbers?

Lesson 2  What Are the Different Parts of a Graph?

Lesson 3  What is a Linear Equation?

Lesson 7  How to Write a Linear Equation

Lesson 8  What is a System of Equations?

Lesson 9  How Do I Use a System of Equations?

Go to chapter Foundations of Linear Equations

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Lesson 1  What is a Matrix?

Lesson 2  How to Take a Determinant of a Matrix

Lesson 3  What is an Absolute Value?

Lesson 4  How to Evaluate Absolute Value Expressions

Lesson 5  How to Solve an Absolute Value Equation

Lesson 6  Solving Absolute Value Practice Problems

Go to chapter Matrices and Absolute Value

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Lesson 1  What is an Inequality?

Lesson 2  How to Graph 1 and 2Variable Inequalities

Lesson 4  Graphing Inequalities: Practice Problems

Go to chapter Inequalities

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Lesson 1  What is a Parabola?

Lesson 7  How to Complete the Square

Lesson 8  Completing the Square Practice Problems

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Lesson 1  What is an Imaginary Number?

Lesson 3  How to Divide Complex Numbers

Go to chapter Complex Numbers

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Lesson 1  What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?

Lesson 2  How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent

Lesson 3  How to Simplify Expressions with Exponents

Lesson 4  Rational Exponents

Lesson 8  How to Divide Polynomials with Long Division

Go to chapter Exponents and Polynomials

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Lesson 3  What Is Domain and Range in a Function?

Lesson 5  How to Compose Functions

Lesson 6  Inverse Functions

Go to chapter Functions

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Lesson 3  How to Add and Subtract Rational Expressions

Lesson 5  How to Solve a Rational Equation

Lesson 6  Rational Equations: Practice Problems

Go to chapter Rational Expressions

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Lesson 1  What Is an Exponential Function?

Lesson 2  Exponential Growth vs. Decay

Lesson 3  What is a Logarithm?

Lesson 4  How to Evaluate Logarithms

Lesson 5  Logarithmic Properties

Lesson 6  Practice Problems for Logarithmic Properties

Lesson 7  How to Solve Exponential Equations

Lesson 8  How to Solve Logarithmic Equations

Go to chapter Exponentials and Logarithms

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Lesson 1  What Is a Factorial?

Lesson 2  Factorial Practice Problems

Lesson 3  What is the Binomial Theorem?

Lesson 4  Binomial Theorem Practice Problems

Go to chapter Probability Mechanics

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Lesson 1  What is a Mathematical Sequence?

Lesson 3  Finding and Classifying Geometric Sequences

Lesson 4  Summation Notation and Mathematical Series

Lesson 5  How to Calculate an Arithmetic Series

Lesson 6  How to Calculate a Geometric Series

Go to chapter Sequences and Series
Course Format:
Math 101 consists of 81 short video lessons that are organized into 11 chapters. Each video is approximately 510 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit.
The course is completely selfpaced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
Grading Policy
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 150 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real ACE college credit for this course is 105 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
Assignment  Possible Points 

Quizzes  50 
Proctored Final Exam  100 
Total  150 
 Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. You must complete the required quizzes with a score of 80% or higher to earn points toward your final grade and access the proctored final exam. Chapter exams are for selfassessment and do not count toward your final grade.
 The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course. You'll earn one point for every percentage point you receive on the proctored final. (So if you score an 85% on the final, that's 85 points toward your final grade.)
How It Works:
The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated this algebra course and recommended it for college credit. To earn credit, follow these steps
 Identify if you need a college algebra course for your degree.
 Check with your registrar to see if your school is one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that accept credit from ACErecommended courses.
 Complete Math 101 by watching videos, taking short quizzes and completing practice exams.
 Contact our expert instructors if you ever have questions.
 Take the creditgranting Math 101 exam on our site.
 Transfer credit to your school!
Study Schedule for Math 101: College Algebra
This course consists of about 8 hours of instruction, which you can break up into short chunks. Since each video lesson is 510 minutes long, you can study in small segments or for long bursts. The study schedule below gives you an estimate of approximately how long it will take for you to complete the course.
Study Frequency  When You'll be Ready for the Exam 

3 hours a day; 3 days a week  1 week 
2 hours a day; 3 days a week  2 weeks 
1 hour a day;3 days a week  3 weeks 
Who's It For?
This algebra course is designed for students who want to save time and money while completing their college education. If you're currently in college and need to pass Math 101 or planning to attend and want a jump start on your degree, this course is for you. When you complete the final exam at the end of the course, you'll have real college credit that can be easily transferred to your college.
The course will teach you about linear equations, rational expressions, matrices, inequalities and factorials. Skip the lectures, books and semester of completing homework. Start mastering the basics of algebra today.
Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Why It Works:
 Efficient: 5minute videos focus on the needtoknow Math 101 topics.
 Comprehensive: From the types of numbers to the binomial theorem, this course covers the breadth of college algebra.
 Convenient: Study on your laptop, tablet or phone. Learn math wherever you go!
 Learn Your Way: Each video lesson combines visuals, professional audio and complete transcripts to teach you in different ways.
 Expert Instructors: Learn from math experts who make topics clear, interesting and fun!
Course Topics
Category  Objectives 

Foundations and Linear Equations  Explore the different types of numbers and parts of a graph. Get information on linear equations, abstract algebraic examples and systems of equations. 
Matrices and Absolute Value  Examine matrices and absolute values. Learn to take a determinant of a matrix and graph an absolute value equation. 
Inequalities  Define inequalities and learn to graph them. See how to solve an absolute value inequality. 
Factoring with FOIL, Graphing Parabolas and Solving Quadratics  See what a parabola is, with real life examples, and learn to graph them. Get information on using FOIL to factor quadratics equations and how to complete the square. 
Complex Numbers  Learn about imaginary numbers. See how to perform operations with complex numbers. 
Exponents and Polynomials  Be able to name the five main exponent properties and define a zero and negative exponent. Discover how to graph cubics, quartics, quintics and beyond, and learn about dividing polynomials. 
Rational Expressions  Study how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rational expressions and solve rational equations. 
Functions  Learn about function notation, transformations and inverse functions. See how to compose functions and how to find an inverse function. 
Exponentials and Logarithms  Define exponentials and logarithms, and learn to solve exponential and logarithmic equations. See how to graph exponential growth and decay. 
Probability Mechanics  Explore how to evaluate factorials and learn about the binomial theorem and its real life applications. Practice applying the binomial theorem. 
Sequences and Series  Get information on mathematical, geometric and arithmetic sequences and how to find and classify them. Explore summation notation and mathematical series. 
What to Expect For the Exam
The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated this Study.com course and recommended it for college credit. Once you've completed this course, you can take the proctored final exam and potentially earn credit. Follow the steps below to take the exam.
Exam Steps
PreExam Checklist
Before taking the exam, all of the following requirements must be met:
A College Accelerator Study.com membership.  
Completed the entire Math 101: College Algebra course and achieved 100% Course Progress.  
Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.  
Taken no more than two proctored exams within my last month of membership. 
Please complete all of the prerequirements in the PreExam Checklist in order to take the exam.
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3. Take Exam
The exam contains 50  100 multiple choice questions. You will have two hours to complete the exam, so don't start until you're sure you can complete the entire thing. And remember to pace yourself!
4. Get Exam Results
We will send you an email with your official exam results within 1 to 2 weeks.
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