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College Algebra

San Jose State University via Udacity


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


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 15: Quadratic Formula

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

Taught by

Julie Sliva Spitzer and Miriam Swords Kalk


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  • Cyrus Pieris

    Cyrus Pieris 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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed 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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Everything is fine until you get to the third section where you actually start doing some algebra and then the answer checking stops working. Multiple complaints in the forum and no response. Course is marked as deprecated so not a huge surprise.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous 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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous 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.
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