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# Beginning Algebra (saylor.org)

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In this course, you will study basic algebraic operations and concepts, as well as the structure and use of algebra. This includes solving algebraic equations, factoring algebraic expressions, working with rational expressions, and graphing linear equations.

You will apply these skills to solve real-world problems (word problems). Each unit will have its own application problems, depending on the concepts you have been exposed to. This course is also intended to provide you with a strong foundation for intermediate algebra and beyond. It will begin with a review of some math concepts formed in pre-algebra, such as ordering operations and simplifying simple algebraic expressions, to get your feet wet. You will then build on these concepts by learning more about functions, graphing of functions, evaluation of functions, and factorization. You will spend time on the rules of exponents and their applications in distribution of multiplication over addition/subtraction.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

- simplify and solve linear equations and expressions, including problems with absolute values and applications;

- solve linear inequalities, find equations of lines, and solve application problems;

- add, subtract, multiply, and divide various types of polynomials;

- factor polynomials, and simplify square roots; and

- evaluate, simplify, multiply, divide, add, and subtract rational expressions, and solve basic applications of rational expressions.