Ebony ask – Why Algebra?

In Ebony this week, we started looking at algebra. To start with we were looking at simple equations such:

If x=10 what does 2x =?

Later on we looked at more complicated equations such as:

If x=3, b=5, d=10 then what does (x + b) – d =

Someone asked why we learn algebra; the class know I cannot resist a ‘Why?’ question!

In our discussion, we started talking about some of the jobs that use algebra – mainly focusing around advanced jobs in mathematics, science and engineering.

We also spoke about the impact of learning algebra on our brain. It can help with critical thinking skills including pattern recognition, problem solving and reasoning.