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Ch 2: Saxon Calculus: Algebra

About This Chapter

The Algebra chapter of this Saxon Calculus Homeschool Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Saxon Calculus Homeschool textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about algebraic expressions, factoring, logarithms and exponents.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Algebra chapter of your textbook.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the algebra concepts you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the algebra topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Equation solving and systems
  • Expression simplification
  • Factoring in algebra
  • Series and summation notation
  • Word problem translations
  • Logarithms
  • Zeroes, roots and x-intercepts
  • Quadratic equations and factors
  • Synthetic division
  • Exponents
  • Conic formulas

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15 Lessons in Chapter 2: Saxon Calculus: Algebra
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How to Solve Equations with Multiple Steps

1. How to Solve Equations with Multiple Steps

In algebra, when you want to solve an equation for a particular variable, you will need to perform multiple steps that include adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Watch this video lesson to learn the order you need to do these steps.

What is a System of Equations?

2. What is a System of Equations?

So what happens if we want to compare more than one equation? Welcome to a 'system' of equations! Learn what one is, how to solve them and when they come up in real life.

Practice Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

3. Practice Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

In this lesson, we'll practice simplifying a variety of algebraic expressions. We'll use two key concepts, combining like terms and the distributive property, to help us simplify.

What is Factoring in Algebra? - Definition & Example

4. What is Factoring in Algebra? - Definition & Example

Factoring with ordinary numbers involves knowing that 6 is the product of 2 and 3. But what about factoring in algebra? In this lesson, we'll learn the essential elements of algebra factoring.

How to Use Factorial Notation: Process and Examples

5. How to Use Factorial Notation: Process and Examples

Watch this video lesson to learn about factorial notation. Understand what it means so that you can handle it like a pro. Also see what happens when we divide factorials.

How to Use Series and Summation Notation: Process and Examples

6. How to Use Series and Summation Notation: Process and Examples

Have you ever seen a sideways M on a math test and wondered what it meant? In this video lesson, learn about the notation that we use to show that we want to sum something up. Learn how to use it and see some examples of it in use.

Translating Words to Algebraic Expressions

7. Translating Words to Algebraic Expressions

When it comes to word problems, the easiest way to solve them is to look for keywords and change them into math symbols. Watch this video lesson to find out what keywords you should look for and what math symbols they represent.

Logarithmic Function: Definition & Examples

8. Logarithmic Function: Definition & Examples

Exponential functions and logarithmic functions are closely tied. In fact, they are so closely tied we could say a logarithm is actually an exponent in disguise. A logarithm, or log, is just another way to write an exponential function in reverse.

Zeroes, Roots & X-Intercepts: Definitions & Properties

9. Zeroes, Roots & X-Intercepts: Definitions & Properties

We will learn the definition of zeros, roots, and x-intercepts, and we will see that these are all the same concept. We will look at algebraic and geometric properties of these concepts and how to use them to analyze functions.

What is a Quadratic Equation? - Definition & Examples

10. What is a Quadratic Equation? - Definition & Examples

You might be surprised to learn that quadratic equations are an important part of the world we live in. We sometimes even make use of them for our entertainment! Watch this video lesson to learn more about these equations.

How to Use Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials

11. How to Use Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials

Synthetic division is a 'short-cut' way of dividing a polynomial by a monomial. You still need to know long division, sorry, but this method is way fun when you're dividing by a monomial!

Logarithmic Properties

12. Logarithmic Properties

Along with the change of base property, there are three other logarithmic properties that allow you to manipulate expressions to your advantage. Learn about the product rule, quotient rule and power rule here.

How to Identify a Conic Section by Its Formulas

13. How to Identify a Conic Section by Its Formulas

In algebra, we have a formula for everything. Take a cone and slice it and we have a formula for the shape that results. Watch this video lesson to learn how to distinguish between these formulas.

Exponential Growth vs. Decay

14. Exponential Growth vs. Decay

How is it that it only takes four years for our computer to go from top-of-the-line to almost worthless? Well, it has something to do with what's called exponential decay, which we'll learn about here!

Irreducible Quadratic Factors: Definition & Graphical Significance

15. Irreducible Quadratic Factors: Definition & Graphical Significance

We'll define irreducible quadratic factors in the complete factorization of polynomials in this lesson. We'll also explain what this means for the graphs of polynomials with irreducible quadratic factors through examples.

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