According to the Mathematical Association of America, College Algebra is the last mathematics course that many students will ever take. The course covers many of the same concepts as high school algebra, including polynomials, sequences, equations, and how to solve functions. But while high school students are taking algebra as a precursor to more advanced subjects, College Algebra is often taken to fulfill a student’s math requirement for college graduation while pursuing a non-math intensive major; data suggests that only 10 percent of College Algebra students go on to complete a full calculus sequence. But like any course, all students must master the basic concepts in order to be successful.
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As you’re preparing for a new unit in College Algebra or reviewing for a test, you can use the Learn by Concept syllabus as a study guide. Units such as Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Graphs, and Systems of Equations are all included, and the tool goes into specific topics within each unit as well. The hundreds of sample questions offer plenty of study material, which covers every possible subject that might come up in a College Algebra course.
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