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College Algebra

College Algebra

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

This course reviews the fundamentals taught in Algebra during one semester in college. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. James Murphy, from Johns Hopkins University, this course will provide you with algebraic skills and knowledge on key concepts, including vocabulary, symbols, and notation.

During the examination, an online scientific calculator (non-graphing) will be available, although there is little emphasis on arithmetic calculations.

“College Algebra” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into four modules that contain short video lessons, exercises, readings and other instructional resources.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate the understanding and ability to solve routine and straightforward problems as well as non-routine ones.

The exam contains approximately 60 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, readings and exercises.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. Algebraic operations

1.0 Introduction to Algebraic operations   

1.1 Factoring and expanding polynomials   

1.2 Operations with algebraic expressions   

1.3 Operations with exponents   

1.4 Properties of logarithms   

2. Equations and inequalities

2.0 Introduction to Equations and inequalities   

2.1 Linear equations and inequalities   

2.2 Quadratic equations and inequalities   

2.3 Absolute value equations and inequalities   

2.4 Systems of equations and inequalities   

2.5 Exponential and logarithmic equations   

3. Functions and their properties

Introduction to Functions and their properties   

3.1 Definition and interpretation   

3.2 Representation/modeling (graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal representations of functions)   

3.3 Domain and range   

3.4 Algebra of functions   

3.5 Graphs and their properties (including intercepts, symmetry, and transformations)   

3.6 Inverse functions   

4. Number systems and operations

4.0 Introduction to Number systems and operations   

4.1 Real numbers   

4.2 Complex numbers   

4.3 Sequences and series   

4.4 Factorials and Binomial Theorem   

4.5 Determinants of 2-by-2 matrices   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Final Steps

Prof. James Murphy's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparations Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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