Consider this example 6×2 + 4y + 3xy + 2. Guess what, this is an algebraic phrase and not even an equation. Do you keep asking this question why should we calculate the values of x and y’s (Besides scoring well in exams to clear them.). Do they come handy in real-time life experiences?
To make things easy and demystify this vision of Algebra that you carry, let us discuss a few points
First, what is Algebra, The literal meaning of Algebra is “It is a part of mathematics in which letters and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations”. It appears to have originated in the middle east, in Mesopotamia. The word “algebra” comes from Arabic and means completion or restoration. The first known algebra book was written around 820 AD in Bagdad by a Persian mathematician by the name of Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī. Its title? The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing.
Believe it or not, We all use Algebra in our daily lives even without realizing it. For example, when you visit a grocery shop, you compare prices on the same item from different companies? They’re often packaged in different sizes, so figuring out which one is cheaper requires a simple calculation, where x is the price per unit. It’s not that hard, and you probably do it all the time, but that’s algebra.
Another example, When it comes to going on a vacation, and you’re weighing the pros and cons of a walking tour across England, or across a Greek Isle, it will be algebra that comes to your aid as you calculate mileage, airfare, and currency conversions. You’ll use algebra every time you calculate the value of anything unknown.
Algebra dances with numbers. It systematically studies the way they relate to one another. It categorizes and manipulates them, and uses them and variables such as x and y to represent unknown values. In the land of language, words that relate to one another in meaningful ways create sentences. In the Kingdom of Algebra, numbers and variables provide the relationship parameters that create equations.
Algebra is inherent in functions involving time, distance, weight, amounts, money, temperature, age, weather, and price per unit. Whether you are trying to determine gas mileage, batting average, the least expensive grocery store from which to buy produce, the number of calories you can afford to eat without blowing your diet, or how much worm medicine per pound to give your dog, you’ll draw upon your knowledge of algebra.
The truth is whether you like it or not, you are surrounded by Algebra. It’s there, everywhere in your everyday life. So the summary of this article is to make you feel comfortable with Algebra. The solution to making Algebra easy is within yourself, stop ignoring or hating it. Accept it, now that its a part of your life and with time and some consistent effort you will feel comfortable and your eyes will feel happy when they look at your score sheet.
You can also refer to my previous article where I have discussed 10 points on how to study Math.