A graduate of BS Mathematics at the University of Southeastern Philippines.
Experience: 3 years
In Algebra, students expand on the fundamentals learned in previous math courses in order to work with unknown values (variables). Students evaluate general algebraic expressions, while learning how to interpret parentheses and perform the correct order of operations. Students also learn how to solve inequalities, work with absolute value expressions and simplify and solve equations with exponents. Algebra introduces students to linear equations and inequalities with one or more variables in them. Function basics are also usually covered at this level. Students learn how these mathematical expressions yield a certain output (f(x), or the dependent variable) when given a certain input (x, or the independent variable). Polynomials are functions that contain multiple variables, constants and positive integer exponents. Students typically get their first exposure to polynomials by working with quadratic functions in their standard, vertex and intercept forms. An Algebra course might cover additional topics, such as logic, statistics and data modeling, scientific notation and other types of functions (e.g. piecewise, exponential).