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College Algebra

Also known as "High School Algebra"

OK. So what are you going to learn here?

You will learn about Numbers, Polynomials, Inequalities, Sequences and Sums, many types of Functions, and how to solve them.

You will also gain a deeper insight into Mathematics, get to practice using your new skills with lots of examples and questions, and generally improve your mind.

With your new skills you will be able to put together mathematical models so you can find good quality solutions to many tricky real world situations.

Near the end of most pages is a "Your Turn" section ... do these! You need to balance your reading with doing. Answering questions helps you sort things out in your mind. And don't guess the answer: use pen and paper and try your best before seeing the solution.

Language

So what is this thing called Mathematics? And how do you go about learning it?

Reading Math

Sets

Next, we need to think about mathematics in terms of sets.

set

Numbers

Now you know what a set is, let us look at different sets of numbers that you will be using:


pi symbol


square root of minus one


Inequalities

"Equal To" is nice but not always available. Maybe you only know that something is less than, or greater than. So let us learn about inequalities.

a≥b

 

Exponents

You will be using exponents a lot, so get to know them well.

8 to the Power 2

 

Polynomials

Polynomials were some of the first things ever studied in Algebra. They are simple, yet powerful in their ability to model real world situations.

polynomial example



expand vs factor



Graphing Polynomials

 

Equations

And, of course, you need to know about equations ... and how to solve them.

 

Graphs

Graphs can save you! They are a great way to see what is going on and can help you solve things. But you need to be careful as they may not always give you the full story.

Intercepts

 

Linear Equations

They are just equations for lines. But they come in many forms.

Slope-Intercept Form

 

Functions

A function just relates an input to an output. But from that simple foundation many useful things can be built.

doman and range




 

Equations of Second Degree

"Second degree" just means the variable has an exponent of 2, like x2. It is the next major step after linear equations (where the exponent is 1, like x).

Quadratic Graph

Solving

You already have experience in solving, but now you can learn more!

3d Box

 

Solving Inequalities

We learned about inequalities above, now let's learn how to solve them.

 

Exponents and Logarithms

You know about exponents ... well logarithms just go the other way. And together they can be very powerful.

Exponent vs Logarithm

Systems of Linear Equations

What happens when you have two or more linear equations that work together? They can be solved! It isn't too complicated, but can take quite a few calculations.

A Matrix




Probability

lock

Is it likely? You be the judge!

Sequences, Series and Partial Sums

A Sequence is a set of things (usually numbers) that are in order. You can also sum up a series, where Sigma Notation is very useful.

sequence term

 

Finally

These last few subjects use what you have learned above.

 

And that is all!

 

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