College Algebra

Introduction

We’re so glad that you’re working to expand the wide world of OER College Algebra materials. As you know, algebra is a very rewarding subject to teach, as it can be approached so many ways. This variety means that though many OER materials already exist for College Algebra, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution in place. Even if you find a template course you admire, you’re likely to need to do at least some customization to fit your school, your program, and your students.

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Lumen Courses

Lumen offers several template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These math courses are supported by Lumen Learning’s Online Homework Manager (OHM), an online OER homework system that provides algorithmically-generated problems and immediate feedback to help students practice and master math concepts.

When you click the link for full OHM courses, please use guest as the username, no password is required.

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College Algebra– Lumen Learning/ OpenStax in-text video support This editable text is sourced from OpenStax College Algebra by Jay Abramson, et al. Topics covered include a study of a wide range of equations, and algebraic operations used to solve them. The idea of a function, and a toolkit of functions is introduced. Graphs of functions and transformations are also covered. The study of quadratic functions includes treatment of complex solutions, and the algebra of complex numbers. Thorough coverage of systems of equations includes methods for solving systems with two and three variables. Conic sections, sequences and series and topics in probability finish out the text. CC-BY

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Precalculus – Stitz-Zeager Full OHM course (called College Algebra, can be adapted), online homework, video support This course is based on College Algebra, by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager. Linear, Polynomial, Rational, Exponential, and Logarithmic functions are defined and studied through the rule of 4: graphs, tables, equations and words. Additionally, conic sections, matrices, and an introduction to sequences and series are available. CC-BY-NC-SA

Lippman/Rasmussen full OHM course can be adapted for College Algebra but does not include sets of real numbers, systems of equations, conic sections, sequences, or limits.

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.