That would be me.
“Elementary algebra differs from arithmetic in the use of abstractions, such as using letters to stand for numbers that are either unknown or allowed to take on many values. For example, in x+2=5 the letter x is unknown, but the law of inverses can be used to discover its value: x=3. In E = mc2, the letters E and m are variables, and the letter c is a constant, the speed of light in a vacuum. Algebra gives methods for solving equations and expressing formulas that are much easier (for those who know how to use them) than the older method of writing everything out in words.”
I get the example of x+2=5, x being 3. Pretty basic.
After that, when the formulas and equations get complicated, I am forever lost. This is why I am not a scientist, math teacher or engineer and barely passed algebra in high school.
The study and practice of English, grammar, spelling, and creating sentences from words for a blog post are my cup of tea. I can do that all day long.
I’d rather sit all day with a fork in my head than have to figure out why x+y=z.
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