Hints for Algebra 101
Date: 31 Jul 1995 21:40:53 -0400 From: Anonymous Subject: beginning algebra Soon I will begin algebra 101. Do you have helpful survival guide/ hints/how to's, etc? Thanks.
Date: 1 Aug 1995 10:38:01 -0400 From: Dr. Ken Subject: Re: beginning algebra Hello there! Well, if this is a beginning algebra course (the equivalent of what a lot of students take in junior high or high school), and you've never done algebra before, this class is going to be quite different from most of the classes you've taken before. It's going to be WAY COOL! I'm serious. Here are a few things you might study in Algebra: You'll learn what a POLYNOMIAL is. Here are a few: x + 4 8 y^2 - 2y + 1 (that's y squared plus (2 times y) plus one) p^9 + p^3 + 1 You'll learn how to take polynomials like these and FACTOR them: for instance, y^2 - 2y + 1 = (y-1)(y-1) 2x^3 + 5x^2 - 12x = x(x+4)(2x-3) You'll learn lots and lots of other cool stuff too. I guess I don't really have any suggestions for how best to survive the course, other than to just make sure you stay awake and sit up straight. Slouching can lead to posture problems later in life. Seriously, I think you might do best to just show up to the first class and see what the teacher says you should do. Your teacher probably has a few specific things that he or she does differently from other teachers, and if you want to get a head start on this stuff you should probably ask your teacher. -K
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