Algebra Introduction

Why teach Algebra?

There are a number of reasons why algebra holds an important place in the curriculum. We list some of these below.

The Skeleton

The Algebra Strand of this site is built around the two threads of

These two aspects of the Algebra curriculum are intimately related and we believe are best developed together.Consequently most of the units address both of these aspects.

Pattern covers pattern and relationships. A great deal of the Algebra from Levels 1 to 4 concerns patterns in one way or another, from making and describing patterns, to making rules and finding general rules to making a rule to predict the results of patterns. Implicit in this is the notion of relationships. These relationships are expressed in words and in graphs.

Equations consists of knowing and using the symbols +, <, and >. It moves on to look at the fundamentals of solving equations with unknowns.