What is Algebra?

Algebra is writing mathematical phrases using letters to show numbers.

Variable - A letter that represents a number in an algebraic equation and expression

Constant - The integers involved in a expression or equation

Expression - A pattern with more than one answer

Equation - A pattern with one possible answer

How to solve a "One Step" equation:

1. Isolate the variable

2. Make a zero pair with the constant

3. Balance the equation

4. Verify!

Algebra tiles:

How to solve a "Two Step" equation:

1. Isolate the variable

2. Cancel the constant

3. Balance

4. Simplify the variable

5. Verify

Algebra tiles:

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