Algebra Skill Building
Links for Review & Practice


These Skill Review Certificates review fundamental algebra skills in a bright and visual way.  The make good "reference tools" when doing homework or studying.  Some tell me they can visualize theses colorful handouts when they take quizzes and tests.  These printable, downloadable files are all .pdf's -- you will need Acrobat Reader to view them.

Exponent Expert.  Working with exponents is a fundamental skill.  Let's make sure we all feel comfortable, confident, and can accurately work with them. 

Polynomial Ph.D.  The sum of terms raised to exponents are important "building blocks" to many algebraic concepts.  Let's review the basics.

Strategic Factorer.  When we work with numbers and fractions, factoring is a key skill.  It is also the key to working with polynomials.

Really Good at Rational Expressions.  When we write fractions that contain polynomials in the numerator and denominator, they are called rational expressions.  Here's a simple review.

Fully Competent:  Complex Fractions.  Not all fractions have simple numerators and denominators.  When we have fractions made up of fractions, they are called complex fractions.  Sound complex?  Don't worry, here are some suggestions to make them easy to work with.  

Linear Equations.  Let's look at how we can model and predict with mathematical statements and draw those statements as graphs.

Systems of Linear Equations.  Many phenomena can be models with linear equations.  A system of equations contains more than 1; a solution to the system has to also be a solution to each equation.  Let's review how it works. 

Rockin' at Radicals.   Let's review how to work with radicals and roots.  

Quintessential Quadratics.  Obviously, we cannot represent everything with a linear equations, equations without variables.  Quadratic equations are important forms that are used to model many situations. 

Parabolas.  Often we have to write equations for lines that curve.  The graph of a quadratic equation is a special type of curved line called a parabola.  These equations have exponents, hence the curve.  Let's look at how this works using quadratic equations.

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