This course is part of a series of courses on elementary algebra. What distinguishes algebra from basic mathematics is the use of variables to represent numeric quantities. This course discusses the basics of variables and mathematical expressions that include variables. This course also introduced many concepts and mathematical principles required for the remainder of this series of courses.

The course outline is as follows:

- Introduction
- Variables
- Definition
- Variable Symbols
- The Alphabet
- The Greek Alphabet
- Subscripts
- Other Symbols

- Expressions, Terms, and Equations
- Inequalities
- Monomials, Binomials, and Polynomials
- Monomials
- Polynomials
- The general form
- Binomials
- Linear, quadratic, and cubic polynomials
- Evaluating Polynomials
- The distributive law
- Multiplying polynomials
- Factoring Polynomials

- Equations
- The Basics
- Polynomial Equations
- Trigonometric Equations

- Summary

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