One of the most important elements in solving pre-algebra questions is understanding the vocabulary. It is therefore crucial to understand all of the words used in a problem and to define the variables.
One of the big difficulties of transitioning from regular arithmetic to pre-algebra is understanding how the basic math concepts apply in complex situations. Pre-algebra problems frequently include word problems, which often stump students.
An important element to solving word problems is understanding the solution that the problems requires. In pre-algebra problems, it is also necessary to understand the missing variables. Often, an algebra word problem gives the ultimate solution, but asks for some other part of the problem. It is therefore important to understand which equation is necessary and where the variable goes in the equation.
It is also vital to master the vocabulary words used by that the word problems. For example, a problem may talk about the "product of two integers." The key to solving this problem is understanding that product means the result of two or more numbers that are multiplied together, and that integers are any whole numbers, whether less than or greater than zero.
Algebra problems also involve multiple steps, so it is important for students to keep track of all of these steps when solving the problem.