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Name: kevin meyers
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Date: Around 1995


Question:
Why is Algebra so hard to understand? My teacher says it has something to do with the fact it is not something you can just grasp, hold and see. It is abstract. I do not trust her. What do you all think?


Replies:
I think that different things are difficult for different people. There is nothing inherent in algebra that makes it difficult. Please keep trying! Sometimes, when learning a topic, there is one key concept that is missed and when you get that concept a lot of things make sense very quickly. Do not give up! Ask lots of questions. Try to ask questions that are general -- i.e., do not ask how to solve a specific problem but how to solve this TYPE of problem.

gregory r bradburn


Another suggestion that might be helpful is to talk over problems with your friends and try to find specific "hurdles" rather than considering an entire problem a mystery. Mathematics is LEARNED, not taught and problem sessions with your friends can be very helpful in this respect.

billrob


Well, maybe some things about algebra take a little time to get used to. When you ask why algebra is hard to understand, what is the first sentence in your textbook that gives you trouble?

jlu



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