Study Guide

Basic Algebra

Basic Algebra Introduction

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

Don't let the word "algebra" intimidate you. You've actually 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's 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 Resources

Algebra Vocabulary
Practice your algebraic vocabulary skills.

Writing Algebraic Equations
Translating algebraic expressions into words can be tricky. Use these for extra practice.

Dynamic Paper
Use this dynamic paper to create and print graph paper just right for your algebra needs.

Billy Bug
This game is nice for those of you who need a little more practice plotting points.

Line Gem 1
Use this game to practice graphing lines, starting with simple ones and gradually increasing to harder ones.

Having trouble with Question #1 on Quiz #1? Try this.

Stop that Creature!
Find patterns in this function machine to stop the creature. This is a good example of how patterns lead to equations.

Pan Balance - Numbers
This balance-scale tool allows you to enter two different numerical expressions and explore their equivalency. It doesn't input variables, but it's still super useful.

Pan Balance - Shapes
This balance-scale tool explores the relationships between different shapes. It's a great application to exploring algebraic relationships.

Algebra Balance Scales
This balance scale allows the input of variables too. It also helps solve the equation step by step.

Variable Math
See how many one- or two-step equations you can solve in one minute.

Rags to Riches
With this simple game you can practice solving basic equations and equations with variables on both sides.

Guess the Number
This game helps practice translating verbal expressions into algebraic ones and then solving for the missing number. Try the harder levels that use all operations and negative numbers too.

Algebra Puzzle
This fun puzzle will get you thinking about solving systems of equations with three variables. However, it's presented in a way pre-algebra students can understand.

Algebra Four
Did you like playing Connect Four as a kid? Try it again by first solving algebraic equations.