Why learn algebra? That’s probably the lament of most high-school maths students, and quite a few of their parents too!
Algebra is that part of the maths syllabus that often stops students in their tracks. This is often because it introduces new concepts they haven’t come across before. And suddenly there are letters on the page (as opposed to just numbers).
The good news is that algebra can be mastered when you take the right approach, which we teach at Matrix Math.
But let’s take a look at why it is important that your child masters algebra so that you can answer their laments when they complain: Why learn Algebra?
We need Algebra in daily living
We might not notice it, but we apply the basics of algebra even in simple things that are happening around us. For example, you can use algebra to choose between mobile phone plans or even when custom-ordering bookshelves for your home.
Algebra helps us learn Statistics and Calculus
Once algebra is mastered, students can move on to the much more advanced forms of maths – such as statistics and calculus.
Understanding statistics makes us wiser consumers of information and better employees. While Calculus helps us describe many complex processes, such as how the speed of an object changes over time, the research and design of new technology, medical treatments, and consumer products.
Algebra gives us wider career choices
By mastering algebra and being able to move on to calculus, many more career choices open up. Learning calculus is a must for anyone interested in pursuing a career in science, medicine, computer modelling, or engineering.
Algebra is Faster Than “Basic” Math
Just as multiplying five by ten is faster than counting to 50 or adding five ten times, algebra helps us solve problems more quickly and easily than we could otherwise. Algebra also opens up whole new areas of life problems, such as graphing curves that cannot be solved with only foundational math skills.
So now you know the benefits of algebra, there’s more reason for your child to get to grips with this fascinating area of maths.