What topic separate calculus and algebra

Arithmetic, Geometric, and Exponential Patterns

Good news: you've actually been working with algebra since you were three and began to notice patterns (red dog, blue cat, red dog, blue cat…). The patterns we're going to work with now are just...

Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

Expressions are made of variables, or letters that take the place of unknown numbers. But what if we know the numbers? We can take out the variable, replace it with the number, and do the math. Thi...

Combining Like Terms

Algebraic terms can, and often should, be combined and simplified. However, only terms that are "like," meaning that they have the exact same variables and hairdo, can be added or subtracted....

Algebraic Properties

Long ago, and in a guide far, far away, we learned the properties of numbers: commutative, associative, distributive, inverse, and identity. These properties also apply to adding and multiplying w...

Translating Expressions and Equations

Some words can be translated into math, and some math can be translated into words, and neither require the babel fish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. When we translate words to math, m...

Equations and Word Problems

Audrey II is a man-eating plant living in the Little Shop of Horrors and it needs blood, and lots of it. Luckily its caretaker, Seymour, has discovered a blood substitute to feed Audrey II. Now tha...

Graphing Horizontal & Vertical Lines

We know that we can graph a linear equation with two variables, such as the famous x and y, as a straight line. (By the way: that's true only because the variables don't have any exponents, but tha...

Solving Multiple Equations Algebraically

We can find the solution to a system of linear equations by graphing like a boss, but there are other ways, too. We'll get into these other methods in more detail when we're past pre-algebra, but h...