November 2013

Parent Tip – Algebra

thinkingcapwhoa_colorAlgebra is fun!

But it is not fun if you think that Algebra is just mathematical alphabet soup. To help you clarify for yourself and your child exactly what algebra is, we are sharing this definition and WONDERFUL examples provided by one of our wonderful tutors, Jancis Dienes.

Algebra is the study of mathematical statements which are generally true.

In algebra, the statements we study form a pattern which is true no matter what number we put in that pattern.

For example:

(4+2) = (2+4)

(6+8) = (8+6)

(9+3) = (3+9)

So we can say:

(a+b) = (b+a)

Kristen HarperParent Tip – Algebra
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