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Section 1: Welcome!  

Lecture 1  01:52  
Since you're going to be hearing my voice quite a bit during this course  for better or for worse!  I thought it might help to put a face with the voice and introduce myself a bit. I hope you'll also feel free to introduce yourself in the discussion board area. 

Lecture 2  4 pages  
Please read this information before beginning the course. 

Section 2: Foundational Topics  
Lecture 3  09:52  
In this first lecture, we'll cover some of the basic concepts that will be used in the rest of the course: constants, variables, and exponents. 

Lecture 4  07:53  
What are "like terms?" Do they have anything to do with Facebook? Why do we need to know what they are? 

Lecture 5  08:57  
What do peanut butter sandwiches, shopping at Walmart, and Algebra have in common? The distributive property! 

Lecture 6  07:55  
In this lecture, we'll learn a bit more about exponents and how to simplify expressions containing them. 

Section 3: Linear Equations and Inequalities  
Lecture 7  06:37  
What in the world is a polynomial, and what do we do with them? 

Lecture 8  13:01  
Tracking down the value of that pesky x. 

Lecture 9  11:45  
Fighting inequality, one number line at a time. 

Section 4: Graphing Linear Equations  
Lecture 10  05:35  
"I think, therefore I ... plot points?" 

Lecture 11  08:19  
Learning to graph solutions to linear equations using a table of values, i.e., the long way. 

Lecture 12  04:50  
Intercepts  bad in football, good in Algebra. 

Lecture 13  08:41  
Just how steep is that line, anyway? 

Lecture 14  08:12  
Do a little mathemagic and presto!  the slope and intercept pop right out of the hat. 

Lecture 15  06:48  
Graphing the misfits. 

Lecture 16  10:42  
Find the equation of a line given either two points or the slope and one point. 

Section 5: Polynomial Multiplication  
Lecture 17  07:33  
By extending the distributive property, we can multiply polynomials of any number of terms. 

Lecture 18  04:18  
Here's another approach to multiplication of polynomials that may look more familiar. 

Section 6: Factoring  
Lecture 19  06:23  
What is a greatest common factor? For that matter, what is a factor? 

Lecture 20  07:37  
Once we've determined the GCF, what do we do with it? 

Lecture 21  10:55  
One method for factoring trinomials is the AC Method. This lecture also includes information on factoring by grouping. 

Lecture 22  11:27  
Factoring the difference of two squares and the sum and difference of two cubes. 

Lecture 23  09:31  
Factoring trinomials by trialanderror, and a general process for factoring polynomials. 

Section 7: Rational Expressions  
Lecture 24  07:33  
Learn how to simplify rational expressions by dividing out common factors (not common terms!). 

Lecture 25  06:06  
Multiplying and dividing rational expressions. 

Lecture 26 
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

10:26  
Section 8: Functions  
Lecture 27  10:31  
What is a function? 

Lecture 28  09:07  
Determining the domain and range of a function. 

Section 9: Radical Expressions and Equations  
Lecture 29 
Simplifying Radical Expressions

09:15  
Lecture 30 
Solving Radical Equations

05:40  
Lecture 31 
Rational Exponents

04:18  
Section 10: Quadratic Equations  
Lecture 32  10:10  
What are complex numbers and imaginary numbers? 

Lecture 33  06:26  
What is a quadratic equation? And how can we use the factoring strategies that we learned earlier to solve one? 

Lecture 34  03:55  
What is the Square Root Property, and how will it help in solving quadratic equations? 

Lecture 35  11:32  
Learn how to create a perfectsquare trinomial in order to apply the Square Root Property. 

Lecture 36  06:36  
In this lecture, I'll demonstrate how the quadratic formula can be obtained by applying Completing the Square to a generic quadratic equation. 

Lecture 37  06:50  
Learn how to apply the quadratic formula to solving quadratic equations. 
Hi everyone! (Or Hey Y'all for any fellow Southerners!) My name is Laura Baggett. I am a math professor and a homeschool mom. I have a BS in Math from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and an MS in Applied Math from Georgia Tech. Including two years as a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia Tech, I have almost 14 years of experience teaching math at the college level, including 4 years as a fulltime instructor. I have taught courses ranging from College Arithmetic to Differential Equations. I've been teaching online for Kaplan University since April 2010.
I have been homeschooling my children for the past 4 years. My goal is to give parents  homeschool moms, in particular  the tools, confidence, and motivation for conquering math themselves and teaching it to their children.
I grew up in Hartselle, Alabama, a small town roughly halfway between Birmingham and Huntsville. I have been married to my husband, David, for 16 years, and we have two children: Nathan is 9, and Megan is 6. My "main" job is being a stayathome, homeschool Mom, and I love that teaching online allows me to be at home with them. When I'm not cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, teaching my children or going to church, I ... well, that's pretty much all I do! But I also enjoy playing the piano, reading (especially Jane Austen), writing, and speaking. I'm also a huge SEC football fan, and I love 80's music. :)
I have traveled to 49 states (still lack Alaska!) and 11 different countries. We have moved 13 times over the past 16 years!Most recently, we moved from Arkansas to Northwest Georgia. My husband is a prosthetist/orthotist, which means he makes artificial limbs and braces, and most of the moves have been for his education and job. Thank goodness teaching online is "portable!"
Well, that's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me. :) I am really looking forward to getting to know each of you during the course.