Definition of algebra
1 : a generalization of arithmetic in which letters representing numbers are combined according to the rules of arithmetic
2 : any of various systems or branches of mathematics or logic concerned with the properties and relationships of abstract entities (such as complex numbers, matrices, sets, vectors, groups, rings, or fields) manipulated in symbolic form under operations often analogous to those of arithmetic — compare boolean algebra
algebraistplay \-ˌbrā-ist\ noun
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With a master’s degree in special education and five years’ experience, Sheehan made just $35,600 in his final year teaching algebra I at Norman High School.
A counselor might advise a high school freshman with an interest in science to reach out about working in a research lab; a sophomore could be encouraged to take advanced algebra after school if she’s not challenged in her classes.
Sometimes, as in the case of Trump's call for banning Muslim immigrants, the identity algebra at work, in the warped thinking here, boomerangs the speech back into acceptable.
Dayme was the president of Mater Academy’s chapter of the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta and helped tutor classmates struggling in college-level algebra and statistics courses.
Yet in the three years since, the number of eighth-graders taking algebra has doubled.
Baughn and DeLogé were doing algebra, and Ross and Chris were jimmying locks.
Those courses include informal mathematics and transition algebra; conceptual biology and technical science; humanities survey and composition-workplace experience, among others.
The funding changes are enough for critics to push for a veto despite other popular provisions in the bill sought by teachers groups such as eliminating the algebra 2 end of course exam and mandatory recess for all grade schools.
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Origin and Etymology of algebra
Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-jabr, literally, the reduction
First Known Use: 1551See Words from the same year
ALGEBRA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of algebra for English Language Learners
: a branch of mathematics that uses numbers and letters that represent numbers
ALGEBRA Defined for Kids
Definition of algebra for Students
: a branch of mathematics in which symbols (as letters and numbers) are combined according to the rules of arithmetic
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