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03/08/2017
Many students have a difficult relationship with algebra; some even questioning how it's useful and why they need to learn it. In this post, The Tutoring Center, Katy TX will share information that can help you see algebra a different way.

Learning More About Algebra

If you're a high school student, then you're likely familiar with algebra, since it is a mathematics course most students take during this period. Nonetheless, while you may know of it, have you ever stopped to wonder how much you actually know about it? Believe it or not, algebra is fascinating beyond the numbers, equations, xs, and ys, even if you think it's just there to make your academic life more challenging. If you wish to learn more about it, here are some fun facts you can read. Perhaps by getting to know it better, you'll realize it's more useful than you know.

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About Its Name

The name "algebra" has Arabic origins, as does the discipline itself (more on this later). The word from which it stems, al-jabr, is believed to mean "restoration," however, there is still some debate about this and what it entails. The more popular theory is that it specifically refers to the surgical restoration of broken bones. In any case, the word al-jabr first appeared in a book written by Persian mathematician and astronomer, Muhammed ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi, around 820 B.C. Nevertheless, in this day and age, the word "algebra" is mostly associated with a branch of mathematics.

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About Its History

To learn about how algebra as we know it came to be, you need to travel back in time to the Babylonians around 1900 BC. While other civilizations at the time used a more geometrical and visual approach to math, they began to solve linear, quadratic, cubic, and even indeterminate equations, in ways that are very similar to how they're worked today. Egyptians also delved into algebra around this time, but at a more basic level. After those first dips into algebra, over the course of the next 1000 years, Islamic mathematicians, for example, Al-Khwarizmi, contributed to the discipline by solving linear and quadratic equations. Years later, around 250 BC, mathematicians in Ancient Greece, heavily influenced by Babylonian and Egyptian math, introduced new, revolutionary ways of thinking about algebra; for instance, in a geometrical sense. During this time, Diophantus, author of the 13 books named Arithmetica, became widely known as the "father of algebra." Still, it's important to mention that Indian mathematician, Brahmagupta, also made monumental contributions in this era, with his book Brahmasphutasiddhanta, in which he was the first to solve quadratic equations that included the number zero and negative numbers. The next significant break-throughs in algebra can be traced back to the early modern period of European history, around the XVI and XVIII centuries. Mathematicians at the time were inspired by the work of the great thinkers that came before them and began solving even more complex equations, mainly polynomial equations of the third and fourth degree. Some of the names that stand out during this period are Gottfried Leibniz, Gabriel Cramer, Joseph Louis Lagrange, and Japanese mathematician, Kowa Seki. Closer to our time, in the XIX century, abstract algebra was developed. During this time, there was an interest to completely separate algebra from arithmetic or geometry.

What It Studies

Algebra mainly focuses on studying math symbols, their relationship, their rules, and their manipulation. For example in elementary algebra, you use letters to stand in for undefined values, which are also known as variables. Then, you use equations to describe how those variables relate to one another.

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Its Usefulness

Algebra can be useful in more ways than you know since it basically dictates that you should take the information you have (non-numerical mathematical objects), and employ it to figure out new information you need. For instance, you may unknowingly use algebra when you're following a recipe whose servings you wish to modify to fit your own needs. Not only do you use algebra in everyday life, but learning it actually allows you to exercise your mathematical way of thinking, which can help you find the logical order of things and become a more skilled problem-solver. What's more, is that a myriad of different disciplines use algebra. So, basically, if you want to study anything from medicine, architecture, finances, and business, to fitness training, civil engineering, gastronomy, music, among many other careers, you will need to learn and employ algebra, its formulas, and equations at some level.

How Tutoring Classes in Katy TX can Help You Excel in Algebra

To succeed as a mathematician, you need to understand the reasoning behind the formulas, equations, and numbers you're working with. If you'd like guidance in this respect, one-on-one tutoring classes can provide the support, attention, and time you require to answer lingering questions, develop your skills, and reach your academic potential. If you wish to take on this opportunity to work on your math skills with an experienced tutor, The Tutoring Center, Katy TX can offer the helping hand you require. Call 832-437-0635 to enroll in tutoring classes in Katy TX, or to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

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