On Oct 24, 2012, at 11:47 AM, Paul Tanner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Although the phrase "solve for x" can and does have a number of > different uses, one main use is simply through one or more > transformations of equations to obtain an equation such that the > variable in question is on one side of the equation and everything > else is on the other side of the equation. > > There is no pretend here. This skill in general is very important and > there is nothing pretend about it, regardless of whether you want to > call it an algebraic skill.
Yes, this is an algebraic skill, at least on the surface. I wasn't saying that the skill was pretend. I was saying that you were pretending to teach it.