Not sure what to say when asked, ‘What is Algebra?’ This easy to understand video explains that Algebra is the abstract relationships between different things.

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### What is Algebra?

Algebra is more than just a series of equations, it is also a way of thinking logically about the world.Algebra is a process that lets us explore the abstract relationships between different things and then provides us with a way to describe those relationships.

We use variables and other symbols as tools to help us express this abstraction in a way that is easier to work with.

## Science Says — Everyone Can Learn Algebra!

• Believe in yourself. Effort, motivation, and resilience will lead to success.

• People with persevere despite setbacks are more successful.

• Visualizing and making connections will strengthen your brain.

• When you learn how to solve new kinds of problems, your brain grows new neurons and you get smarter.

• Intelligence is learned and not fixed. Your brain actually adapts and rewires itself when you learn new things, and it can

do so relatively quickly.

## What to do if you get stuck:

• make sure you understand the problem

• draw a picture

• if you can’t solve the problem, try to solve a simpler version of the problem

– use easier numbers

– keep simplifying the problem until it becomes clear

• work backwards and ask yourself:

– what am I trying to find out?

– what information do I need to know?

– how do I find that information?

• ask questions and seek input from others

– questions help our understanding of the material and can lead us to new insights

– talk about what you have tried, discuss what you can do next

• remind yourself that you have overcome setbacks in the past, and you can figure this out