Diophantus is considered the father of algebra. He was the writer of 13 books called "Arithmetica," but only six of those books have survived to modern day. More »

The man known as "the father of modern algebraic notation" was French mathematician Francois Viète, according to the math department at Rutgers University. His substitution of letters to mark unspecified or unknown numbe... More »

No single person discovered algebra, since various people in different parts of the world discovered it at different times. Some aspects of algebra were even discovered multiple times by different people who were unaware... More »

The man known as "the father of modern algebraic notation" was French mathematician Francois Viète, according to the math department at Rutgers University. His substitution of letters to mark unspecified or unknown numbe... More »

No single person discovered algebra, since various people in different parts of the world discovered it at different times. Some aspects of algebra were even discovered multiple times by different people who were unaware... More »

The word "algebra" originally comes from the word "al-jabr" in Arabic, which means restoration or reunification. "Al-jabr" was used to refer to the process of simplifying equations that is used in algebra. More »

Some students find algebra intimidating because they are uncomfortable replacing numbers with letters. However, basic algebra builds directly on things they already know from arithmetic. To teach beginning algebra, set u... More »