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post #31 of 47
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[quote=butzie;2197326]Well put! I aced calculus, so read on only if you'd like.

You are not just doing arithmetic but solving for x. For example:

7x-5 = 15 + 4x -5
7x - 5 +5 = 15 + 4x
7x = 15 + 4x
7x - 4x = 15
3x = 15
x = 5

I found a website last night that offered practice with these equations. It took me a minute to figure them out. It's really hard.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I don't understand why they have to take simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; throw it together in a weird way and make you break it down in to steps to solve it. What is the point of Algebra?
In that case, let's throw out geometry and trigonometry too.
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
In that case, let's throw out geometry and trigonometry too.
Hey I'm all for that.
post #34 of 47
I am so bad at math it's crazy, I have avoided math for most of my adult life if I can and will probably continue to for the rest of it.
post #35 of 47
I love algebra. I still do the FOIL method for kicks.

ALgebra also helped with other math/classes (like Statistics) through school.
post #36 of 47
I loved Algebra!! I can still recite the pathagoryan theorum sadly enough... What was AWFUL was trig!!! I never was good at that.
post #37 of 47
I had to take math through calculus for my major. If you need to take chemistry or physics you will use algebra constantly. I think a good base in algebra is as important as knowing how to write a good essay.
post #38 of 47
Algebra - my favourite subject. I would do all my homework and save Algebra for last because I loved doing it.

My take on it was that it made you think and figure things out which exercises those little grey cells.
post #39 of 47
I love, love, love algebra! I was a Math major for 2 years in college. I love geometry and statistics also. Calculus wasn't my favorite, but it was Differential Equations that made me run screaming.
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by Beck4582 View Post
I loved Algebra!! I can still recite the pathagoryan theorum sadly enough... What was AWFUL was trig!!! I never was good at that.
My favorite is the quadratic formula!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrat...dratic_formula
post #41 of 47
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I loved Algebra!! I can still recite the pathagoryan theorum sadly enough... What was AWFUL was trig!!! I never was good at that.
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
My favorite is the quadratic formula!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrat...dratic_formula
I could remember the formula but not the name. Now, if you can remember that one your a true math geek. Pythagoreans theorem is good to...and very handy at times!
post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
My favorite is the quadratic formula!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrat...dratic_formula
wow - that brings back memories!! In the 7th grade when I took Algebra 1 my teacher made up a SONG for that... I can still sing it...
post #43 of 47
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wow - that brings back memories!! In the 7th grade when I took Algebra 1 my teacher made up a SONG for that... I can still sing it...
My dad used to tell me horror stories about having to "prove" the quadratic formula in high school. He said it involved 100 steps. I asked him to do it for me but he conveniently always had something else to do!
post #44 of 47
I use it every day in my science classes, especially my analytical chemistry classes.
post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
Why the heck cant you just say 1500 Divided by 200 = 7.5?? I dont mind algebra but the way things are worded to make it harder is silly! When I was in my algebra classes I switched everything they gave me into the way I saw it! hence 200* x =1500, I know I can say 1500/200 =7.5!
Sorry...just trying to show how simple algebra can be applied in everyday life.
post #46 of 47
Yes!
I always struggled with math, even in college. My strength were anything else, anything at all! Let me write a 40 page essay anyday over doing math of any type. I am fine with math in my career and in my life, I think I just made it harder than it should have been, overthinking things is something I have been known to do.
post #47 of 47
I always aced math with no problem, but as for doing some of that.... making it harder than it really is... I was too busy with friends in high school to make things harder than they are!
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