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  • Hi! This is Rob. Welcome to Math Antics.

  • In this lesson, we're going to learn some really important things

  • about a whole branch of math called Algebra.

  • The first thing you need to know is that Algebra is a lot like arithmetic.

  • It follows all the rules of arithmetic

  • and it uses the same four main operations that arithmetic is built on:

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

  • But Algebra introduces a new element...

  • the element of the unknown.

  • When you were learning arithmetic,

  • the only thing that was ever unknown was the answer to the problem.

  • For example, you might have the problem 1 + 2 = what?

  • The answer isn't known until you go ahead and do the arithmetic.

  • Now the important thing about Algebra is that when we don't know what a number is yet,

  • we use a symbol in its place.

  • that symbol is usually just any letter of the alphabet.

  • A really popular letter to choose is the letter 'x'.

  • So in arithmetic, we would just leave the problem like this: 1 + 2 = "blank"

  • and we'd write in the answer when we did the addition.

  • But in Algebra, we'd write it like this: 1 + 2 = x

  • The 'x' is a place holder that stands for the number that we don't know yet.

  • What we have here is a very basic algebraic equation.

  • An equation is just a mathematical statement that two things are equal.

  • An equation says, "the things on this side of the equal sign

  • have the same value as the things on the other side of the equal sign."

  • In this case, our equation is telling us that the known values on this side (1+2)

  • are equal to what's on the other side,

  • which happens to be the unknown value that we are calling 'x'.

  • One of the main goals in Algebra

  • is to figure out what the unknown values in equations are.

  • And when you do that, it's called "solving the equations".

  • In this equation, it's pretty easy to see that the unknown value is just 3.

  • All you have to do is actually add the 1 and 2 together on this side of the equation

  • and it turns into 3 = x, which is the same as x = 3.

  • So now we know what 'x' is! It's just 3.

  • That almost seems too easy, doesn’t it?

  • And that's why in Algebra, you are usually given an equation in a more complicated form

  • like this: x - 2 = 1.

  • This is exactly the same equation as 1 + 2 = x,

  • but it has been rearranged so that it's not quite as easy to tell what 'x' is.

  • So in Algebra, solving equations is a lot like a game

  • where you are given mixed-up, complicated equations,

  • and it's your job to simplify them and rearrange them

  • until it is a nice simple equation (like x = 3)

  • where it's easy to tell what the unknown values are.

  • We're going to learn a lot more about

  • how you actually do that (how you solve equations)

  • in the next several videos,

  • but for now, let's learn some important rules about

  • how symbols can and can't be used in algebraic equations.

  • The first rule you need to know is that the same symbol (or letter)

  • can be used in different algebra problems to stand for different unknown values.

  • For example, in the problem we just solved,

  • the letter 'x' was used to stand for the number 3, right?

  • But 'x' could stand for a different number in a different problem.

  • Like, if someone asks us to solve the equation, 5 + x = 10.

  • In order for the two sides of this equation to be equal,

  • 'x' must have the value '5' in this problem, because 5 + 5 = 10.

  • So 'x' (or any other symbol) can stand for different values in different problems.

  • That's okay,

  • but what's NOT okay is for a symbol

  • to stand for different values in the same problem at the same time!

  • For example, what if you had the equation: x + x = 10?

  • This equation says that if we add 'x' to 'x' we will get 10.

  • And there are a lot of different numbers we could add together to get 10, like 6 and 4.

  • But, if we had the first 'x' stand for 6 and the second 'x' stand for 4,

  • then 'x' would stand for two different value at the same time

  • and things could get really confusing!

  • If you wanted symbols to stand for two different numbers at the same time,

  • you would need to use two different symbols, like 'x' and 'y'.

  • So in Algebra, whenever you see the same symbol repeated more than once in an equation,

  • it's representing the same unknown value.

  • Like if you see a really complicated Algebraic equation (like this),

  • where 'x' is repeated a lot of different times,

  • all of those 'x's stand for the same value,

  • and it will be your job to figure out what that value is.

  • Okay, so for any particular equation,

  • we can't use the same letter to represent two different numbers at the same time,

  • but what about the other way around?

  • Could we use two different letters to represent the same number?

  • Yes! - Here's an example of that.

  • Let's say you have the equation: a + b = 2

  • What could 'a' and 'b' stand for so that the equation is true?

  • Well, If 'a' was 0 and 'b' was 2, then the equation would be true.

  • Or, we could switch them around.

  • If 'a' was 2 and 'b' was 0, the equation would also be true.

  • But there's another possibility:

  • If 'a' was 1 and 'b' was also 1, that would make the equation true, right?

  • So, even though 'a' and 'b' are different symbols,

  • and would usually be used to represent different numbers,

  • there are times when they might happen to represent the same number.

  • Oh, and this problem can help us understand something

  • very important about how symbols are used in Algebra.

  • Did you notice that there were different possible solution for this equation?

  • In other words, 'b' could have the value 0, 1, or 2 depending on what the value of 'a' was.

  • If 'a' is 0 then 'b' must be 2

  • If 'a' is 1 then 'b' must be 1

  • If 'a' is 2 then 'b' must be 0

  • 'b' can't have two different values at the same time,

  • but it's value can change over time if the value of 'a' changes.

  • In Algebra, 'b' is what's called a "variable" because it's value can 'vary' or change.

  • In fact, in this equation, both 'a' and 'b' are variables

  • because their values will change depending on the value of each other.

  • Actually, it's really common in Algebra to refer to any letter as a variable,

  • since letters can stand for different values in different problems.

  • But at Math Antics, we'll usually just use the word "variable"

  • when we're talking about values that can change or vary in the same problem.

  • Alright, so far we've learned that Algebra is a lot like arithmetic,

  • but that in includes unknown values and variables that we can solve for in equations.

  • There's one other really important thing that I want to teach you

  • that will help you understand what's going on in a lot of Algebra problems,

  • and it has to do with multiplication.

  • Here are the four basic arithmetic operations:

  • addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

  • Although in Algebra, you'll usually see division written in fraction form, like this.

  • In Arithmetic, all four operations have the same status,

  • but in Algebra, multiplication get's some special treatment.

  • In Algebra, multiplication is the 'default' operation.

  • That means, if no other arithmetic operation is shown between two symbols,

  • then you can just assume they're being multiplied. The multiplication is 'implied'.

  • For example, instead of writing 'a' times 'b',

  • you can leave out the times symbol and just write 'ab'.

  • Since no operation is shown between these two symbols,

  • you know that you're supposed to multiply 'a' and 'b'.

  • Of course, you can't actually multiply 'a' and 'b'

  • until you figure out what numbers they stand for.

  • The advantage of this rule about multiplication is that

  • it makes many algebraic equations less cluttered and easier to write down.

  • For example, instead of this: a * b + c * d = 10

  • You could just write: ab + cd = 10.

  • You can also use this shorthand when you are multiplying

  • a variable and a known number... like 2x, which means the same thing as 2 times 'x'

  • or 3y which means the same thing as 3 times 'y'

  • Since the symbol and the number are right next to each other,

  • the multiplication is implied.

  • You don't have to write it down.

  • Finally some good news!

  • Now I never have to write down that pesky multiplication symbol again!

  • Oh yeah!!

  • Ah, not so fast...

  • there are some cases in Algebra where still need to use a multiplication symbol.

  • For example, what if you want to show 2 x 5?

  • If you just get rid of the times symbol and put the '2' right next to the '5',

  • it's going to look like the two-digit number twenty-five,

  • which is NOT the same as 2 x 5.

  • So, whenever you need to show multiplication between two known numbers,

  • you still have to use the times symbol, unless...

  • you use parentheses instead.

  • But aren't parentheses used to show grouping in math?

  • How can you use that to show multiplication?

  • Ah, that's a good question.

  • Parentheses are used to group things,

  • but whenever you put two groups right next to each other,

  • with no operation between them,

  • guess what operation is implied.

  • Yep! Multiplication!

  • For example, if you see the this,

  • it means that the group (a+b) is being multiplied by the group (x+y).

  • We could put a times symbol between the groups, but we don't have to

  • because it's the default operation in Algebra.

  • The multiplication is just implied.

  • So, going back to our problem: 2 x 5

  • If you wanted to, you could put each of the numbers inside parentheses like this,

  • and then you could get rid of the multiplication sign.

  • Now this can't be confused with the number twenty-five,

  • and since the groups are right next to each other,

  • you know that you need to multiply them.

  • Of course, it might seem strange to have just one thing inside 'group' symbols like this,

  • but it's okay to do that in math.

  • An alternate way that you could do the same thing would be

  • to put just one of the numbers in parentheses, like this.

  • Again, you won't confuse this with a two-digit number

  • and you know that multiplication is implied.

  • Okay, so we've learned that Algebra is a lot like arithmetic,

  • but it involves unknown values or variables that we need to solve for.

  • And we learned that in Algebra, the multiplication sign is usually not shown,

  • because it's the default operation.

  • You can just assume that two things right next to each other are being multiplied.

  • But why do we even care about Algebra?

  • Is it good for anything in the 'real world'?

  • or is it just a bunch of tricky problems that keep students busy in school?

  • Actually, Algebra is very useful for describing or "modeling" things in the real world.

  • It's a little hard to see that when you are just looking

  • at all these numbers and symbols on the page of a math book.

  • But, it's a lot easier to see

  • when you start taking algebraic equations and graphing their solutions.

  • Graphing an equation is like using its different solutions

  • to draw simple lines and curves that can be used to describe and predict things in real life.

  • For example, there's a whole class of equations in Algebra

  • called "linear" equations because they form straight lines when you graph them.

  • Those sorts of equations could help you describe the slope of a roof

  • or tell you how long it will take to get somewhere.

  • Another class of algebraic equations, called "quadratic" equations

  • can be used to design telescope lenses,

  • or describe how a ball flies through the air,

  • or predict the growth of a population.

  • So Algebra is used all the time in fields like

  • science, engineering, economics and computer programming.

  • And even though you might not need Algebra to get by in your day to day life,...

  • ...so divide both sides by 3. That means x = 42.

  • So... in three... two... one...

  • YES!!

  • Alright... now to see how much butter I need.

  • It's still a very useful part of math.

  • Thanks for watching Math Antics, and I'll see ya next time!

  • Learn more at www.mathantics.com

Hi! This is Rob. Welcome to Math Antics.

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