## Algebra

is generally one of the main mathematical topics that people struggle to understand why they need to learn it. Simplified, algebra presents a quick way to solve problems instead of using trial and error.

## What isAlgebra?

Algebra is the branch of maths that uses variables (usually letters) as the missing pieces of information. A variable is a letter that stands for a specific number. So, in algebra, we solve problems by finding the missing information represented by the variable (letter).

We regularly see people using Algebra in many parts of everyday life. For example, it is utilised in our morning schedule each day to measure the time you will spend in the shower, making breakfast, or driving to work.

The basics of algebra include numbers, variables, constants, expressions, equations, linear equations, and quadratic equations. Apart from these, it involves the basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division within the algebraic expressions.

Algebra includes:

• Simplifying, expanding and solving equations
• Understanding and using formulas for calculations
• Graphs

Having good algebraic skills and confidence develops other skills too. Some of these skills are:

• Problem Solving
• Critical Thinking
• Decision Making
• Time Management

## Careers usingAlgebra

Here are some of the careers and job roles that use algebraic skills and knowledge:

• Pharmacist
• Data Handler
• Structural Engineer
• Sound Engineer
• Logistics
• Conservation Scientist/Manager
• Mixologist
• Hairdresser
• Armed Forces – Weapons or Ballistics Specialists

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