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**Basic Algebra** is where we finally put the *algebra* in *pre-algebra*. The concepts taught here will be used in *every* math class you will take from here on. We’ll introduce you to some exciting stuff like drawing graphs and solving some complicated equations.

Don't let the word "algebra" intimidate you. You actually have been using this type of math for years. In fact, many people find algebra to be one of the easier types of math to learn, since it is full of common sense rules and ideas.

"As long as algebra is taught in school, there will be prayer in school. "

– Cokie Roberts

Basic algebra will help you become a better problem solver. You'll size up a problem, brainstorm creative options for solving it, and chart a clear path to its solution.

Your mad problem solving skills will serve you well throughout your entire life. You have some exciting things ahead of you: getting through school, building a career, and leaving your mark on the world.