What is Algebra?
Mathematics is not limited to numbers and some signs building a relationship between them. One fundamental branch of mathematics utilizes letters, expressions and equations.
Algebra is one of the advanced mathematical concepts taught in higher grades. Algebra uses symbols, typically alphabets to identify and solve the problems. These letters are usually known as variables. These variables, when placed in a problem, determine, and signify an unknown value.
Roots of Algebra - The word algebra has its roots in the Arabic word ‘al-jabr’. The word itself is featured in the title of the book named as ‘Ilm al-jabr wal-mukabala (The Compendious Book on Calculation and Balancing). The book was written by Al-Khwarizmi, who later on became known as the father of algebra. Besides Al-Khwarizmi, Diophantus is known as the father of algebra because of it his notable contributions. Both the mathematicians built the fundamentals, rules of algebra, and algebraic notations.
Why do we need algebra? - Algebra is more than substituting values in an equation. It helps the student improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skill. Understanding the basic concepts of algebra helps in handling real-life problems. Most of the real-life scenarios are related to large expenses, profits and other lengthy problems. Having the knowledge and a firm grasp of solving algebraic equations help find out the missing factors and ease the solution of lengthy problems.