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 »

Algebra has been developed over thousands of years in several different countries. The earliest methods for solving mathematical problems with one or more unknown quantities come from ancient Egypt. The word "algebra" it... More »

One of the most commonly used algebra formulas is the quadratic formula. The quadratic formula, x={[-b+-sqrt(b^2-4ac)]/2a}, is used to solve the roots, or values of x, in a quadratic equation, such as a(x^2)+bx+c, wherei... More » Math Algebra

Algebra riddles can be either word problems that need to be translated into a set of algebraic equations or arithmetic problems with letters where each letter represents a digit, and the objective is to replace each lett... More »

According to, the first and perhaps the most important step to solving an algebra word problem is to read the problem carefully through to the end before trying to solve any part of the problem. This appr... More » Math Algebra

In addition to finding it useful in a wide variety of everyday applications, Americans need algebra, because those who learn it are better able to compete in the international marketplace. Students from countries in Euro... 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 »