What makes algebra difficult? - Mathematics 24x72017-10-23T18:38:15Zhttp://mathematics24x7.ning.com/forum/topics/what-makes-algebra-difficult?feed=yes&xn_auth=noI wouldn't single out the = s…tag:mathematics24x7.ning.com,2013-08-25:2957074:Comment:417382013-08-25T09:15:30.256ZColleen Younghttp://mathematics24x7.ning.com/profile/ColleenYoung
<p>I wouldn't single out the = sign, perhaps it is misuse of the sign that is a problem, many students try and use it as some sort of punctuation symbol rather than something one uses between two equal expressions.</p>
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<p>Algebra is like learning a language - one has to get to know all the syntax, also fully understand the order of operations. </p>
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<p>Fruit salad algebra doesn't help either! a is not for apples, it is the <strong>number</strong> of apples.</p>
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<p>I wouldn't single out the = sign, perhaps it is misuse of the sign that is a problem, many students try and use it as some sort of punctuation symbol rather than something one uses between two equal expressions.</p>
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<p>Algebra is like learning a language - one has to get to know all the syntax, also fully understand the order of operations. </p>
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<p>Fruit salad algebra doesn't help either! a is not for apples, it is the <strong>number</strong> of apples.</p>
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