Elementary Algebra

Course Details

This course is delivered by Westcott Courses in partnership with Brandman University

MATU 090 - Elementary Algebra

Prerequisite:  None. However, students should know basic operations with fractions,
decimals and area and perimeter formulas for common geometric figures.

Course Description: 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.

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Enrollment Schedule: 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. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 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.)


5 months to complete

Single 30 day extension if needed

Estimated Cost


Payment Plan: First payment of $277.95 and a second payment 30 days later of $228.05

Ways to Learn



3 academic credits


Program Partner

We partnered with with Westcott Courses to offer online remedial, general education and other courses that count towards degree completion.

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will 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.

Course Topics:

  • Real Numbers
  • Exponents & Polynomials
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
  • Factoring
  • Rational Expressions & Equations
  • Graphing Linear Equations
  • Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Radicals
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Applications

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Earn your credit in 4 simple steps

Step 1
Register and enroll in your course via Westcott Courses.

Step 2
Once you enroll, Westcott Courses will forward your registration to Brandman University.

Step 3
You will be working directly with Westcott Courses from the beginning to end of the course.

Step 4
Once your course is completed, your grade will be posted with Brandman University and you can then order a transcript.



How it Works

These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who would like to enroll in a math or general education course. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree granting program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses where filling out a one page form makes the course immediately available. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course and your official transcript with academic semester credits will come from one of our partner universities which are regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript will show our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the universities campus without being enrolled as a regular student. View transferring the credits.

Teachers for the Course

The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

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