Thinkwell's Pre-algebra with Professor Edward Burger

Thinkwell's Pre-Algebra is designed for college and high school students who are preparing for algebra. This course features online videos by award-winning Professor and mathematician Edward Burger who uses example-based tutorials that break Pre-Algebra into the basics, giving students the tips and tricks they need to excel at algebra. Students practice their newly acquired skills with automatically graded online exercises and get step-by-step explanations and answer solutions.

Prealgebra is typically a developmental college course intended to cover core concepts in preparation for college algebra.  It can also be used in place of grade 6, 7, or 8 math to accelerate progress for students who might want to take calculus in high school. 

The workbook (optional) comes with lecture notes of the lessons, sample problems, and exercises so that you can study even when away from the computer.

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Course Features

Video Lessons

110 engaging 5-10 minute video lessons

Lesson Plan

Detailed, 30-week lesson plan and schedule
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Automatically graded practice and chapter tests
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Notes & Sample Problems

Illustrated course notes, sample problems & solutions
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"My oldest son recently started two Thinkwell courses: prealgebra and public speaking. Today I heard him yell to me from the other room, "Mom, I LOVE this program you bought! Dr. Burger is awesome." He watched three lectures today and I told him to slow down!"
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We were doing K12 prealgebra straight out of the textbook and my son hated it. We got Thinkwell's prealgebra and found the mini lectures and demos so useful. A good teacher showing the steps and explaining them clearly just works better for my son (and me!) than reading dry text from a book. We love thinkwell and it's quick assessments--all online so no CDs to mess with either. I tell everybody who asks about math programs on all my homeschooler lists.”
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"My son is really enjoying the Pre-Algebra course. The professor is engaging and clearly explains the material. We will definitely continue using the Thinkwell video courses.”
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Course Overview

What You Get

  • 12-month, online subscription to our complete Pre-Algebra course
  • 30-week, day-by-day course lesson plan
  • 100+ course lessons, each with a streaming video
  • Automatically graded drill-and-practice exercises with step-by-step answer feedback
  • Sample problems and solutions
  • Chapter & Practice tests, a Midterm & Final Exam
  • Animated interactivities....and more!

How It Works

  • Purchase Thinkwell's Pre-Algebra through our online store
  • Create an account username and password which will give you access to the online Pre-Algebra course section
  • Activate your 12-month subscription when you're ready
  • Login to the course website to access the online course materials, including streaming video lessons, exercises, quizzes, tests and more
  • Access your course anytime, anywhere, from any device
  • Your work is automatically tracked and updated in real-time
  • Transcripts, grade reports, and certificates of completion are available at request
Thinkwell's Pre-Algebra author, Edward Burger

Learn from award-winning mathematician Dr. Edward Burger

It's like having a world-class college professor right by your side teaching you Pre-Algebra.

  • "Global Hero in Education" by Microsoft Corporation
  • "America's Best Math Teacher" by Reader's Digest
  • Robert Foster Cherry Award Winner for Great Teaching
Thinkwell's Pre-Algebra Table of Contents
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1. Whole Numbers

1.1 Introduction to Whole Numbers
1.1.1 Reading and Writing Whole Numbers
1.1.2 Rounding Whole Numbers
1.2 Operations with Whole Numbers
1.2.1 Adding Whole Numbers
1.2.2 Subtracting Whole Numbers
1.2.3 Multiplying Whole Numbers
1.2.4 Dividing Whole Numbers
1.2.5 Properties

2. Integers

2.1 Introduction to Integers
2.1.1 Integers and the Number Line
2.2 Operations with Integers
2.2.1 Addition of Integers
2.2.2 Subtraction of Integers
2.2.3 Multiplication and Division of Integers
2.2.4 Introduction to Exponents
2.2.5 Using the Order of Operations

3. Fractions

3.1 Introduction to Fractions
3.1.1 Factors, Multiples, and Equivalent Fractions
3.2 Operations with Fractions
3.2.1 Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers
3.2.2 Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
3.2.3 Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers

4. Decimals

4.1 Introduction to Decimals
4.1.1 Representing, Comparing, and Ordering Decimals
4.1.2 Rounding and Estimating Decimals
4.2 Operations with Decimals
4.2.1 Adding and Subtracting Decimals
4.2.2 Multiplying Decimals
4.2.3 Dividing Decimals
4.3 Fractions and Decimals
4.3.1 Converting between Fractions and Decimals

5. Variables, Expressions, and Equations

5.1 Introduction to Equations
5.1.1 Variables and Expressions
5.1.2 Translating Between Words and Math
5.1.3 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
5.1.4 Translating Between Tables and Expressions
5.1.5 Equations and Their Solutions
5.2 Introduction to Solving Equations
5.2.1 Solving Addition Equations
5.2.2 Solving Subtraction Equations
5.2.3 Solving Multiplication Equations
5.2.4 Solving Division Equations

6. Solving Equations and Inequalities

6.1 Solving Equations
6.1.1 Solving Equations Containing Integers
6.1.2 Writing and Solving Two-Step Equations
6.1.3 Writing and Solving Multi-Step Equations
6.1.4 Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides
6.2 Solving Inequalities
6.2.1 Inequalities
6.2.2 Solving Inequalities by Adding or Subtracting
6.2.3 Solving Inequalities by Multiplying or Dividing
6.2.4 Solving Two-Step Inequalities

7. Ratios, Proportions, and Percents

7.1 Ratios and Proportions
7.1.1 Ratios and Rates
7.1.2 Proportions
7.1.3 Finding an Unknown Value in a Proportion
7.1.4 Applications of Proportions
7.2 Percents
7.2.1 Introduction to Percents
7.2.2 Percents
7.2.3 Relating Percents, Decimals, and Fractions
7.2.4 Estimating with Percents
7.2.5 Finding and Using Percents
7.3 Interest
7.3.1 Simple Interest
7.3.2 Compound Interest

8. Measurement, Statistics, and Graphs

8.1 Measurement
8.1.1 Understanding Customary Units of Measurement
8.1.2 Understanding Metric Units of Measurement
8.1.3 Converting Customary Units
8.1.4 Converting Metric Units
8.1.5 Converting between Customary and Metric Units
8.1.6 Time and Temperature
8.2 Organizing, Displaying, and Interpreting Data
8.2.1 Organizing Data
8.2.2 Bar Graphs and Histograms
8.2.3 Line Graphs
8.2.4 Reading and Interpreting Circle Graphs
8.2.5 Measures of Central Tendency
8.2.6 Box-and-Whisker Plots
8.3 Graphing Equations and Slope
8.3.1 The Coordinate Plane
8.3.2 Tables and Graphs
8.3.3 Graphing Linear Equations
8.3.4 Graphing Using Intercepts
8.3.5 An Introduction to Slope
8.3.6 Finding the Slope Given Two Points

9. Geometry

9.1 Polygons
9.1.1 Triangles
9.1.2 Quadrilaterals
9.1.3 Finding Angles in Polygons
9.2 Polygon Relationships
9.2.1 Similar Figures
9.2.2 Congruent Figures
9.3 Area, Perimeter, and Circumference
9.3.1 Perimeter
9.3.2 Area of Rectangles and Parallelograms
9.3.3 Area of Triangles and Trapezoids
9.3.4 Circles and Circumference
9.3.5 Area of Circles
9.3.6 Area of Composite Figures
9.3.7 Comparing Perimeter and Area
9.4 The Pythagorean Theorem
9.4.1 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem
9.5 Solids
9.5.1 Introduction to Three-Dimensional Figures
9.5.2 Volume of Prisms and Cylinders
9.5.3 Volume of Pyramids and Cones
9.5.4 Surface Area of Prisms and Cylinders
9.5.5 Surface Area of Pyramids and Cones
9.5.6 Volume and Surface Area of Spheres

10. Exponents and Polynomials

10.1 Exponents
10.1.1 Product and Power Properties of Exponents
10.1.2 Integer Exponents
10.1.3 Quotient Properties of Exponents
10.1.4 An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation
10.2 Introduction to Polynomials
10.2.1 Introduction to Polynomials
10.2.2 Simplifying Polynomials
10.3 Operations with Polynomials
10.3.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
10.3.2 Multiplying and Dividing Monomials
10.3.3 Multiplying Monomials by Polynomials
10.3.4 Multiplying Binomials
10.4 Factoring Polynomials
10.4.1 Factoring with the GCF
10.4.2 Factoring by Grouping
10.4.3 Factoring Trinomials

11. Probability

11.1 Understanding Probability
11.1.1 Introduction to Probability
11.1.2 Experimental Probability
11.1.3 Counting Methods and Sample Spaces
11.1.4 Theoretical Probability
11.2 Using Probability
11.2.1 Compound Events
11.2.2 Making Predictions
11.2.3 Probability of Independent and Dependent Events
11.2.4 Permutations and Combinations
Frequently Asked Questions for Thinkwell's Pre-Algebra

How do Thinkwell courses work?

Your student watches a 5-10 minute online video lesson and then completes the automatically graded exercises for the topic. You'll get instant correct-answer feedback. Then move on to the next lesson! The courses are self-paced, or you can use the daily lesson plans. Just like a textbook, you can choose where to start and end, or follow the standard table of contents.

When does my 12-month online subscription start?

It starts when you're ready. You can have instant access to your online subscription when you purchase online, or you can purchase now and start later.

What math courses should a student take?

A typical sequence of secondary math courses completed by a college-bound student is: Grade 6 Math > Grade 7 Math > Grade 8 Math > Algebra 1 > Geometry > Algebra 2 > Precalculus. For students looking to include Calculus as part of their high school curriculum and are able to complete Grade 7 Math in 6th grade, the sequence can be: Grade 7 Math > Prealgebra > Algebra 1 > Geometry > Algebra 2 > Precalculus > Calculus.

Is Thinkwell’s Pre-algebra a college course?

Most 2-year colleges and some 4-year colleges teach Pre-algebra, but it is considered a developmental math course. Four year colleges will not award credit for a developmental math course; typically College Algebra is the lowest credit math course at a 4 -year college.

Does my student get school credit for Thinkwell’s Pre-algebra?

No, only schools are accredited and Thinkwell is not a school, though many accredited schools use Thinkwell.

Does Thinkwell Pre-algebra meet state standards?

Since it’s not a high school course state standards don’t apply.

What if my student needs access to the course for more than 12 months?

You can purchase extra time in one-month, three-month, and six-month increments.

Can I share access with more than one student?

The courses are designed and licensed to accommodate one student per username and password; additional students need to purchase online access. This allows parents to keep track of each student's progress and grades.

How long does it take to complete Thinkwell’s Pre-algebra course?

The pace of your course is up to you, but most college students will schedule one semester.

Can I see my grade?

Thinkwell’s course software tracks everything your student does. When logged in, your student can click "My Grades" to see their progress.

How are grades calculated?

The course grade is calculated this way: Chapter Tests 33.3%, Midterm: 33.3%, Final: 33.3%.

What is acceptable performance on the exams?

As a homeschool parent, you decide the level of performance you want your student to achieve; the course does not limit access to topics based on performance on prior topics.

Can I get a transcript?

You can contact to request a file with your student's grades.

What if I change my mind and want to do a different math course, can I change?

If you discover that you should be in a different course, contact within one week of purchase and we will move you to the appropriate course.

Can I print the exercises?

Yes, but completing the exercises online provides immediate correct answer feedback and automatic scoring, so we recommend answering the exercises online.

Are exercises multiple choice?

Most of the exercises are multiple choice and they are graded automatically with correct answer solutions.

Is Thinkwell's Pre-algebra Math built on "continuous review?"

Thinkwell's Pre-algebra is carefully constructed to build on previous knowledge, reinforcing key concepts every step of the way. It is not only a reflection of empirically effective instruction, but also reflects Dr Burger’s philosophies learned over a career of teaching mathematics, emphasizing a solid foundation that addresses why students need to learn certain concepts. Finally, Thinkwell Pre-algebra is intentionally designed to work for a wide variety of learning styles.

Is there a guarantee?

Yes, we offer a full refund within three business days of purchase, no questions asked.

How does my school review this course?

Should your school need to review a Thinkwell course for any reason, have the school contact and we can provide them access to a demo site.

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