# What is Algebra and Who Can Learn it? Patterns and Everyone

### Language of Algebra

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.

### 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