Algebra 1 Online Course with Instructor

Our Best-Selling Algebra 1 Course, Paired With Live Tutoring And Instruction

What's included:

  • Weekly lesson materials sent right to your inbox, including lesson orientation videos, lesson warm-up exercises, and weekly to-do lists.
  • Comprehensive course website with access to video lessons by Ph.D. and mathematician, Edward Burger, illustrated course study notes and worksheets, automatically-graded homework assignments with step-by-step feedback, course quizzes, tests, practice assessments, and exams.
  • Twice-a-week live tutoring and office hours. Independent learning is approximately 5 hours per week. 
  • Detailed student progress and grade reports.
  • Certificate of completion and final grade report.
  • NCAA approved course
Registration opens late July 2021.
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Course Overview

What You Get

  • 1-year, online subscription to our instructor-led Algebra 1 course
  • Weekly email with course assignments and to-do lists
  • Regular student progress and grade reports
  • Complete, detailed instructional videos
  • Instructor available by email or virtual office hours
  • Automatically graded assignments with step-by-step answer feedback
  • Downloadable, printable course worksheets & answer keys
  • Illustrated course study notes
  • Automatically graded section quizzes
  • Quizzes, Chapter & Practice tests, & Semester Final Exam
  • . . . and more!

How It Works

  • Purchase the course through our online store
  • Create an account username and password which will give you access to the online Algebra 1 course section
  • Start anytime, go at your own pace, or follow lesson plans emailed each week
  • View lesson videos & complete interactive activities
  • Attend live virtual office hours twice a week
  • Your work is automatically tracked and updated in real-time
  • Transcripts, grade reports, and certificates of completion are available upon request.
  • Need help? Come to office hours or email the course instructor anytime.
About Thinkwell's Online Algebra 1 Author & Instructor
Thinkwell's 36-week Syllabus for Online Algebra 1
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1: The Language of Algebra

1.1 The Language of Algebra
1.1.1 Variables and Expressions
1.1.2 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers
1.1.3 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers

2: The Language of Algebra (continued)

1.1 The Language of Algebra
1.1.4 Powers and Exponents
1.1.5 Square Roots and Real Numbers
Quiz – 1.1

3: Tools of Algebra

1.2 Tools of Algebra
1.2.1 Set Theory
1.2.2 Order of Operations
1.2.3 Simplifying Expressions
1.2.4 Introduction to Functions
Quiz – 1.2

4: Assessment

Practice Test – 1.1 & 1.2
Test – 1.1 & 1.2

5: Solving Equations

2.1 Solving Equations
2.1.1 Addition and Subtraction Equations
2.1.2 Multiplication and Division Equations
2.1.3 Solving Two-Step Equations

6: Solving Equations (continued)

2.1 Solving Equations
2.1.4 Solving Multi-Step Equations
2.1.5 Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides
Quiz – 2.1

7: Proportion and Percent

2.2 Proportion and Percent
2.2.1 Rates, Ratios, and Proportions
2.2.2 Applications of Proportion
2.2.3 Percents

8: Proportion and Percent (continued)

2.2 Proportion and Percent
2.2.4 Applications of Percent
2.2.5 Percent Increase and Decrease
Quiz – 2.2

9: Assessment

Practice Test – 2.1 & 2.2
Test – 2.1 & 2.2

10: Introduction to Inequalities

3.1 Introduction to Inequalities
3.1.1 Graphing and Writing Inequalities
3.1.2 Solving Inequalities by Adding or Subtracting
3.1.3 Solving Inequalities by Multiplying or Dividing
Quiz – 3.1

11: Multi-Step and Compound Inequalities

3.2 Multi-Step and Compound Inequalities
3.2.1 Solving Two-Step and Multi-Step Inequalities
3.2.2 Solving Inequalities with Variables on Both Sides
3.2.3 Solving Compound Inequalities
Quiz – 3.2

12: Assessment

Practice Test – 3.1 & 3.2
Test – 3.1 & 3.2

13: Introduction to Functions

4.1 Introduction to Functions
4.1.1 Graphing Relationships
4.1.2 Relations and Functions
4.1.3 Writing Function Rules
Quiz – 4.1

14: Applying Functions

4.2 Applying Functions
4.2.1 Graphing Functions
4.2.2 Scatter Plots and Trend Lines
Quiz – 4.2

15: Assessment

Practice Test – 4.1 & 4.2
Test – 4.1 & 4.2

16: Characteristics of Linear Functions

5.1 Characteristics of Linear Functions
5.1.1 Identifying Linear Functions
5.1.2 Using Intercepts
5.1.3 Rate of Change and Slope
5.1.4 The Slope Formula
Quiz – 5.1

17: Using Linear Functions

5.2 Using Linear Functions
5.2.1 Slope-Intercept Form
5.2.2 Point-Slope Form
5.2.3 Slopes of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
5.2.4 Transforming Linear Functions
Quiz – 5.2

18: Assessment & Midterm

Practice Test – 5.1 & 5.2
Test – 5.1 & 5.2
Practice Midterm Exam (covers modules 1 – 18)
Midterm Exam – (covers modules 1 – 18)

19: Systems of Linear Equations

6.1 Systems of Linear Equations
6.1.1 Solving Systems by Graphing
6.1.2 Solving Systems by Substitution
6.1.3 Solving Systems by Elimination

20: Systems of Linear Equations (Continued)

6.1.4 Solving Special Systems
6.1.5 Applying Systems
6.1 Review Worksheet
Quiz – 6.1

21: Linear Inequalities

6.2 Linear Inequalities
6.2.1 Graphing Linear Inequalities
6.2.2 Solving Systems of Linear Inequalities
6.2 Review Worksheet
Quiz – 6.2

22: Assessment

Practice Test – 6.1 & 6.2
Test – 6.1 & 6.2

23: Exponents

7.1 Exponents
7.1.1 Product and Power Properties of Exponents
7.1.2 Integer Exponents
7.1.3 Quotient Properties of Exponents
7.1.4 An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation
7.1 Review Worksheet, Part 1
7.1 Review Worksheet, Part 2
Quiz – 7.1

24: Polynomials

7.2 Polynomials
7.2.1 Polynomials
7.2.2 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
7.2.3 Multiplying Polynomials by Monomials
7.2.4 Multiplying Binomials
7.2 Review Worksheet, Part 1
7.2 Review Worksheet, Part 2
Quiz – 7.2

25: Assessment

Practice Test – 7.1 & 7.2
Test – 7.1 & 7.2

26: Factoring Methods

8.1 Factoring Methods
8.1.1 Factors and Greatest Common Factors
8.1.2 Factoring by GCF
8.1.3 Factoring x2 + bx + c
8.1.4 Factoring ax2 + bx + c
8.1 Review Worksheet, Part 1
8.1 Review Worksheet, Part 2
Quiz – 8.1

27: Applying Factoring Methods

8.2 Applying Factoring Methods
8.2.1 Factoring Special Products
8.2.2 Choosing a Factoring Method
8.2 Review Worksheet
Quiz – 8.2

28: Assessment

Practice Test – 8.1 & 8.2
Test – 8.1 & 8.2

29: Quadratic Functions

9.1 Quadratic Functions
9.1.1 Identifying Quadratic Functions
9.1.2 Characteristics of Quadratic Functions
9.1.3 Graphing Quadratic Functions
9.1.4 Transforming Quadratic Functions
9.1 Review Worksheet
Quiz – 9.1

30: Solving Quadratic Equations

9.2 Solving Quadratic Equations
9.2.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Graphing
9.2.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
9.2.3 Solving Quadratic Equations by Using Square Roots

31: Solving Quadratic Equations (Continued)

9.2.4 Completing the Square
9.2.5 The Quadratic Formula
9.2.6 The Discriminant
9.2 Review Worksheet, Part 1
9.2 Review Worksheet, Part 2
Quiz – 9.2

32: Assessment

Practice Test – 9.1 & 9.2
Test – 9.1 & 9.2

33: Probability

10.1 Probability
10.1.1 Experimental Probability
10.1.2 Theoretical Probability
10.1.3 Independent and Dependent Events
10.1.4 Combinations and Permutations
10.1 Review Worksheet
Quiz – 10.1

34: Data Analysis

10.2 Data Analysis
10.2.1 Bar, Circle, and Line Graphs
10.2.2 Stem-and-Leaf Plots and Histograms
10.2.3 Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
10.2.4 Box-and-Whisker Plots
10.2 Review Worksheet
Quiz – 10.2

35: Assessment

Practice Test – 10.1 & 10.2
Test – 10.1 & 10.2

36: Final Assessment

Practice Final Exam – Semester 2
Final Exam – Semester 2
Frequently Asked Questions About Thinkwell's Algebra 1

How do Thinkwell instructor-led courses work?

You and your student will get a weekly email with an orientation & warm-up video and a to-do list. Your student watches short, 5-10 minute online video lessons and then completes the automatically graded exercises. Students get instant correct-answer feedback. The live instructor is available by email, and will have weekly virtual office hours.

When does the course start?

Classes begin Monday, September 13th, 2021.

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 Algebra 1 appropriate for my accelerated student?

For advanced students, check out our Honors Algebra 1 course.

Does my student get school credit for Thinkwell’s Algebra 1?

Only schools are accredited and Thinkwell is not a school, though many accredited schools use Thinkwell. If you're coordinating studies with a school or organization, please check with them about awarding credit for a Thinkwell course.

Does Thinkwell's Algebra 1 meet state standards?

Thinkwell courses are built to national standards to be inclusive of all states. Some states set standards for what topics should be taught in a particular course. Thinkwell does not have a course version for each state. Websites such as can help you determine your state's standards.

What if my student would like access to the course after it is over?

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

Can I share access with more than one student?

A subscription can only accommodate one student per username and password; additional students need to purchase separate access. This allows parents to keep track of each student's progress and grades.

How long does it take to complete Thinkwell’s Algebra 1 course?

The course is organized into 36 discreet modules, and on average each module takes about a week to complete. Most students complete the course in 36 weeks, however you are welcome to move as quickly or as slowly through the content as meets your individual needs.

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: Quizzes: 40%, Chapter tests: 40%, Final Exam: 20%

Can I get a transcript or a certificate of completion?

Yes, both a certificate of completion and grade transcript will be provided at the end of each semester. Thinkwell will track and present a number score earned by the student, not a letter grade.

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 Algebra 1 built on "continuous review"?

Thinkwell's Algebra 1 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's Algebra 1 is intentionally designed to work for a wide variety of learning styles.

Is there a guarantee?

Yes, we offer a risk-free 14 day money-back guarantee.

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, or provide you with a table of contents.

How do refunds work?

If a student leaves the course within 14 days of the start of the course, a full refund is granted. If a student leaves between 15 days and 40 days after the start of the course, a 50% refund will be granted.  No refunds after 41 days after the start of the course. Students leaving the course must contact the instructor by email.  Students dropping an instructor-led course with no refund may retake the same or a different instructor-led course if offered in the future for only the cost of the $50 registration fee.

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