Advising Center: 805-489-2831

Enroll Now (Credit)

View the Noncredit Option

Course Title: | Elementary Algebra |

Course Code: | MATU 090 |

Credits: | 3 Semester Credits |

Credit Provider: | UMass Global |

Transfer: | Can be used as prerequisite, but not degree applicable. |

Grading Mode: | Standard letter grade |

Enrollment Type: | Rolling | Sign up and start any day of the year. |

Requires Textbook? | No | All of the course materials are online. |

Proctored Final: | Yes | The credit version of this course has a proctored final. |

This course was designed for students without any algebraic background. The course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Intermediate Algebra. Topics include algebraic techniques on real numbers, order of operation, exponents, absolute value, factoring, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, linear and quadratic equations, graphs of linear equations, graphs of inequalities, linear systems, systems of inequalities, and mathematical modeling. Upon completion, students will be able to solve real world applications and use appropriate models for analysis.

Elementary Algebra is an Omega Math

Note: This class is equivalent to one year of High School Algebra l.

Meets Common Core Requirements: Yes

UC Approved: Yes

The full cost of the course is $520.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

1st payment: $289.50 (Start your class immediately!)

2nd payment: $237.50 (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

Enroll Now - Credit - $520 View Noncredit Option - $130

Math Placement Test

View a free Demo Lesson from this course.

See the Transcript & Preapproval tab for more details on this topic.

Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able, with a minimum coursework time of at least four weeks. Most students finish the lower level courses in four weeks to three months. The upper level math courses, such as calculus and above, usually take students 2 - 4 months.

Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.

No outside textbook is needed. Our Omega Math

This course requires a proctored final. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells them the class will have a proctored final, and the 60% rule will apply (50% for science courses). Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know these standards won't be met. Before the registrar at a college accepts a transcript, many of them call and ask to us verify that their student has indeed taken a proctored final at an approved testing location. The 60% rule(50% for science courses) requires that a student get at least 60% (50% for science courses) on the final in order to pass the class with a C or better. Note: 60% is right between an F and a D, so it is a fair requirement.

The final exam must be proctored using our one approved online proctor, at a college testing center or a Sylvan Learning Center. A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near you: Find a Testing Center

You must have internet access.

You must have access to email.

Omega Math

The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

If paying by check, you can either send in a check for the two payments 30 days apart. Or you may send in both checks at the same time, with one post dated by 30 days for the 2nd payment. Just click on "Money Order by Mail" under Payment Information when you enroll. The form at the end of your enrollment will give you the address for mailing the checks.

If you plan to finish the class fairly quickly, then we don't recommend the payment plan. Your registration is not sent into the university until both payments are made, and your registration has to be in before the university will issue a transcript. As long as you don't require a transcript in less than a month, you may use the payment plan.

Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and our exclusive partner university is UMass Global. UMass Global is regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and awards the semester credits and transcript for the individual classes. Once you are finished with the course, we will post your grade with UMass Global and give you the instructions on how to order the transcript from UMass Global's records office. Since Westcott Courses is the teacher, we do not appear on the transcript. The official transcript from UMass Global will show our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on their campus. See Transferring the Credit for more information.

Taking a course through this program does not require being enrolled in the university as a regular student; anyone can receive the credits for these classes. Any student has the opportunity to earn university credits through UMass Global, part of the Chapman University System!

Your college will require any class you wish to transfer to them to be from a regionally accredited college that awards academic semester or quarter credits. They will also want the course description of the course to match their own. UMass Global is regionally accredited and issues academic semester credits. Our course description will match or exceed your college's description; thus, your college will most likely accept the course and apply it towards your degree. If you would like preapproval from your school, please send your counselor or registrar's office the link at the bottom of this page.Your college may be one of the many schools that we are associated with, so check the Associated School link before asking for preapproval.

(K-12 use)

Dear counselor,

I would like to request preapproval to take MATU 090 - Elementary Algebra through UMass Global. UMass Global is regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

You will find the course description for this course, as well as other pertinent information on UMass Global's web site at this URL: https://www.umassglobal.edu/westcott

Note: Your college may be one of the many schools that we are already have agreements with, so check the Associated School page before asking for preapproval. If your school is listed, it will let you know that they accept the course through UMass Global. If your school is not on this list, it just means they have not contacted us to establish an articulation agreement. Students are responsible for verifying that courses taken via Westcott/UMass Global satisfy program requirements at their home institution. Additionally, the acceptance of any transfer credit is the decision of the accepting (home) institution.

Course Title: | Elementary Algebra |

Course Code: | MATU 090 |

Credits: | 3 credits |

Credit Provider: | UMass Global |

Grading Mode: | Standard letter grade |

Proctored Final: | Yes |

No outside textbook is needed. Our Omega Math

This course was designed for students without any algebraic background. The course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Intermediate Algebra. Topics include algebraic techniques on real numbers, order of operation, exponents, absolute value, factoring, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, linear and quadratic equations, graphs of linear equations, graphs of inequalities, linear systems, systems of inequalities, and mathematical modeling. Upon completion, students will be able to solve real world applications and use appropriate models for analysis.

Elementary Algebra is an Omega Math

Note: This class is equivalent to one year of High School Algebra l.

Meets Common Core Requirements: Yes

UC Approved: Yes

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

- Understand the properties of real numbers, roots and exponents and be able to apply them to algebraic expressions.
- Solve linear equations, inequalities and their applications.
- Graph a variety of linear equations.
- Perform algebraic operations with polynomials.
- Understand the difference between an equation and an expression.
- Simplify and factor expressions.
- Simplify and factor algebraic expressions.
- Solve equations involving rational and radical expressions.
- Solve quadratic equations using the factor method, the quadratic formula, the square root property, and completing the square.
- Solve systems of linear equations with algebraic and graphical methods.
- Analyze and interpret linear equations using graphs, tables and equations.
- Express relationships among quantities using variables.
- Solve real life applications involving social and civic significance.
- Demonstrate real-world problem solving skills. Analyze the problem and break it into parts, recognize the concepts applicable to the parts, recognize the relationship between the parts, write the concepts in proper algebraic representations, solve the problem in symbols, interpret the final results.
- Recognize a language description, geometric and algebraic representation, and be able to transfer from one form to the other.

Homework quizzes 15%

Chapter tests 60%

Final Exam 25%

(You must get at least 60% on this final in order to pass the class with a C or better.)

Homework assignments are essential in a mathematics course. It is not possible to master the course without a considerable amount of time being devoted to studying the concepts and solving problems. Each lesson contains a set of homework problems, and you are required to do all the odd problems for each section. Work out each problem, and then check the solution manual for a detailed solution. Do not continue to the next problem until you understand your mistake. Once you feel comfortable with the homework set, take the homework quiz for that section. The homework quizzes are revised problems from the homework sets. You may take each quiz twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate your quiz grade. Once you take a quiz, figure out what you did wrong on the problems that you missed and then try the quiz again. It is important to figure what you did wrong before you push forward. If you figure out your errors at this step, you will be less likely to make the same error on the test or the final. The struggle to figure out what you did wrong stores the mathematics into your long-term memory, and aids in building abstract thinking.

After you have completed a chapter, and understand everything in the lessons, homework sets and quizzes, take the chapter test. The chapter tests are revised problems from the quizzes. You may take each chapter test twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate your chapter test grade. Once you take a chapter test, figure out what you did wrong on the problems that you missed and then try the chapter test again. It is important to figure what you did wrong before you push forward. If you figure out your errors at this step, you will be less likely to make the same error on the final.

Students are responsible for proctoring fees.

We have an approved online proctor service that students can use if they have a web camera with their computer. This can be a laptop with a built in camera or a desktop with a web cam. This service charges $60 for group sessions and double for private sessions. A student can also be proctored at college testing center, Sylvan Learning Center, Prometric Testing center, or Pearson Vue Testing Center. No other options are available.

A valid driver's license or State ID must be shown at the testing center. An expired license or State ID will not be accepted. Use this link to help you find a college testing center or Sylvan Learning center near your home: Proctored Final

The final exam is a comprehensive final covering all of the chapters of the course. Other than scratch paper, you may view the "Authorized Materials" list for the final exam for each class.

The 60% rule was set in place to protect the integrity of online education by requiring a display of competency in exchange for a grade. All schools which are regionally accredited adhere to online standards. Your college is accepting this course because it goes through a regionally accredited university, which tells your college that standards have been met. Your college will not accept a class from a school that is not regionally accredited, because they know the standards won't be met.

A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.

B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.

C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.

D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.

F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

Chapter 1 - Real Numbers |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

1.1 - Properties of Real Numbers | 1.1 | 1.1 |

1.2 - Multiplication & Division of Real Numbers | 1.2 | 1.2 |

1.3 - Addition and Subtraction of Real Numbers | 1.3 | 1.3 |

1.4 - More Operations with Real Numbers | 1.4 | 1.4 |

1.5 - Exponents & Scientific Notation | 1.5 | 1.5 |

1.6 - Absolute Value & Order of Operation | 1.6 | 1.6 |

1.7 - The Language of Algebra | 1.7 | 1.7 |

Chapter 2 - Polynomials |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

2.1 - Evaluating Algebraic Expressions | 2.1 | 2.1 |

2.2 - Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials | 2.2 | 2.2 |

2.3 - Properties of Exponents | 2.3 | 2.3 |

2.4 - Multiplication of Polynomials | 2.4 | 2.4 |

2.5 - Division of Polynomials | 2.5 | 2.5 |

2.6 - Negative Exponents | 2.6 | 2.6 |

Chapter 3 - Factoring |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

3.1 - Factoring the Greatest Common Factor | 3.1 | 3.1 |

3.2 - Factoring the Difference of Squares | 3.2 | 3.2 |

3.3 - Factoring the Quadratic: Part l | 3.3 | 3.3 |

3.4 - Factoring the Quadratic: Part ll | 3.4 | 3.4 |

3.5 - Factoring Other Forms of Polynomials | 3.5 | 3.5 |

Chapter 4 - Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

4.1 - Linear Equations | 4.1 | 4.1 |

4.2 - More Linear Equations | 4.2 | 4.2 |

4.3 - Literal Equations | 4.3 | 4.3 |

4.4 - Linear Inequalities | 4.4 | 4.4 |

Chapter 5 - Rational Expressions & Equations |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

5.1 - Simplifying Rational Expressions | 5.1 | 5.1 |

5.2 - Multiplication and Division of Rational Expressions | 5.2 | 5.2 |

5.3 - Addition and Subtraction of Rational Expressions | 5.3 | 5.3 |

5.4 - Complex Fractions | 5.4 | 5.4 |

5.5 - Rational Equations | 5.5 | 5.5 |

Chapter 6 - Radicals |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

6.1 - Introduction to Radicals | 6.1 | 6.1 |

6.2 - Simplifying Radicals | 6.2 | 6.2 |

6.3 - Addition and Subtraction of Radicals | 6.3 | 6.3 |

6.4 - Multiplication and Division of Radicals | 6.4 | 6.4 |

6.5 - Radical Equations | 6.5 | 6.5 |

Chapter 7 - Quadratic Equations |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

7.1 - The Factor Method | 7.1 | 7.1 |

7.2 - Square Root Property | 7.2 | 7.2 |

7.3 - Completing the Square | 7.3 | 7.3 |

7.4 - The Quadratic Formula | 7.4 | 7.4 |

7.5 - Right Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem | 7.5 | 7.5 |

Chapter 8 - Graphing Linear Equations |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

8.1 - Points on a Number Line and the Coordinate Plane | 8.1 | 8.1 |

8.2 - Linear Equations, Slopes, x and y-Intercepts | 8.2 | 8.2 |

8.3 - Graphing a Linear Equation | 8.3 | 8.3 |

8.4 - Equations of Lines | 8.4 | 8.4 |

8.5 - Graphs of Linear Inequalities | 8.5 | 8.5 |

8.6 - Distance and Midpoint Formulas | 8.6 | 8.6 |

Chapter 9 - Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

9.1 - Linear Systems - The Graphing Method | 9.1 | 9.1 |

9.2 - Linear Systems - Substitution Method | 9.2 | 9.2 |

9.3 - Linear Systems - Elimination Method | 9.3 | 9.3 |

9.4 - Systems of Linear Inequalities | 9.4 | 9.4 |

Chapter 10 - Applications |

Lessons | Homework | Quiz |

10.1 - Mixture, Concentrate and Work | 10.1 | 10.1 |

10.2 - Rate, Time and Distance | 10.2 | 10.2 |

10.3 - Ratio and Proportion | 10.3 | 10.3 |

10.4 - Conversion of Units | 10.4 | 10.4 |

This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able, with a minimum coursework time of at least four weeks.

Week | Complete Sections |

2 | 1.1 - 1.3 |

2 | 1.4 - 1.6 |

3 | 1.7 - 2.2 |

4 | 2.3 - 2.5 |

5 | 2.6 - 3.1 |

6 | 3.2 - 3.4 |

7 | 3.5 - 4.2 |

8 | 4.3 - 4.5 |

9 | 4.6 - 5.2 |

10 | 5.3 - 5.5 |

11 | 6.1 - 6.3 |

12 | 6.4 - 7.1 |

13 | 7.2 - 7.4 |

14 | 8.1 - 8.3 |

15 | 8.4 - 8.6 |

16 | 9.1 - 9.3 |

17 | 10.1 - 10.4 |

Final Exam |

It is the student's responsibility and duty to read the information below and become acquainted with all provisions of what constitutes academic misconduct involving cheating and plagiarism. Students are required to read each statement below, and the given repercussion. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading each part will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct.

When contacting Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses.

The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

The definition of academic cheating is an act of dishonesty in order to obtain a higher grade in the course, and to gain an advantage over other students in the course.To maintain academic standards, students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. Students who violate the policies of cheating, plagiarizing, or other academic misconduct will result in following actions.

1) Cheating in any way on the final exam results in an F on the final and an F in the class. This includes, but is not limited to any form of collaboration, use of unauthorized materials, receiving or providing unpermitted assistance on the exam, using outside digital assistance such as a cell phone, tablet, ETC. to communicate with others or access outside websites, having someone else take the exam for you, taking an exam for another student, failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up.

Final exams are secure tests and the intellectual property of Westcott Courses. Taking screen shots of a digital final or copying a paper test is stealing our intellectual property and cheating. It is equivalent to stealing a copy of the final exam off an instructor's desk. When one student obtains the questions on a final, it means that other students who don't have the questions on the final are at a disadvantage. Once a final exam has been compromised it is no longer secure, and the exam is unfair for those who have not performed an act of dishonesty to gain the advantage.

Each of the infractions above represents a result of performing an act of dishonesty in order to obtain a higher grade in the course, and to gain an advantage over other students in the course. The result of any of the above offenses is an F in the course. Students who violate the above policy may retake the course after a first offense; however, a second offense will result in expulsion and students will no longer be able to take other courses at Westcott Courses.

Students are responsible for clicking on the “Proctored Final Information” link (which is on student’s Main Menu), and reviewing the list of Authorized Materials for each course's final exam. Since each course is different, the “Authorized Materials” for each final is different. For example, some courses permit notes, while others do not.

2) Plagiarism: All of the following are considered plagiarism, and will result in a zero on the plagiarized assignment, and there are no opportunities to redo the assignment.

Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism as “the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person” Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

- having somebody else write your assignment for you
- turning in an assignment that contains work that is not your own
- changing words in phrases, sentences and/or blocks of text without giving credit to the source (paraphrase)
- copying ideas, phrases, sentences or entire blocks of text without giving credit to the source
- not crediting the correct source by providing incorrect information

Plagiarism is an act of fraud, and can usually be avoided by using quotation marks and citing the source of the material. Instructors apply plagiarism software to find assignments that contain plagiarized material. Again, assignments that contain one of the above infractions will receive a zero on the assignment and the student will not have the opportunity to redo the assignment.

It is important to note that saving all your assignments to the end of the course, and then turning in multiple assignments that have been plagiarized will result in zeros on all of those assignments. This may mean that you no long have enough points in the course to pass the class. Thus, turning in assignments one at a time and waiting for instructor feedback in-between is important for learning and making sure that you maximize your possible points.

If you have questions, please read more information about plagiarism at plagiarism.org, or ask your instructor.

1) Other forms of cheating include altering an exam and submitting it for regarding, providing false excuses to postpone due dates, fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses lost your test and/or quiz scores, sending emails to Westcott claiming you did not know what you were doing was cheating.

2) Unauthorized collaboration - working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests.

3) Copying Westcott Courses content and posting it on the internet. This includes assignments, quizzes, and tests.

By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, or at home using the online proctor. Also, the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of Westcott Courses policies.

This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.

These courses are available to anyone in the public who'd like to enroll. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses that are available instantly.

Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university, UMass Global UMass Global, who is is regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Westcott Courses doesn't appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken at the university's campus.

Read more about transferring the credits.