When considering going into grade 9 algebra, it is always best to be prepared in advance and have an understanding of what algebra is and what to expect. If you are interested in algebra or will be a grade 9 algebra student, continue reading for common questions and answers to guide you!

**What is Algebra?**

Algebra is a key strand of mathematics that threads together with other strands of mathematics. Algebra includes the use of numbers, letters and other symbols to represent numbers and quantities within a specific equation or formula. Algebra includes the study and manipulation of variables in equations and formulae. This strand of mathematics develops the skills of identifying patterns, solving equations and understanding relationships between variables. Algebra is a key aspect in many careers such as engineering, finance, science and economics.

## What are the Key Topics covered in Grade 9 Algebra?

Grade 9 Algebra covers various key elements. These include algebraic expressions and equations, linear relations, linear equations, solving linear equations through graphing, polynomials and factoring as well as quadratic equations including factoring and solving by graphing and algebraically. Students are also expected to analyze data, problem solve and learn to apply the various formulas within algebra.

## How to Prepare for Grade 9 Algebra?

When considering how to prepare for grade 9 algebra, there are many factors that may go into preparation. It is wise to review previously taught concepts in order to ensure that you have a solid foundation before moving onto more complex elements in algebra. Ensure that you have a solid foundation by filling any gaps in learning. If you are struggling to fill gaps on your own, or wish to have an expert’s help, it would be wise to seek out a tutor. A tutor is a professional that can help fill gaps in your learning as well as push and challenge you to meet your full potential. At Success Tutorial School, we ensure to build a solid foundation for understanding algebra by creating and tailoring lessons to fit the student’s needs. Another strategy to prepare for grade 9 algebra is to set a weekly study and homework schedule to ensure you stay on top of your work and work efficiently.

## What is the Golden Rule in Algebra?

When solving an algebraic equation the golden rule is as follows: 1. Whatever you do on one side of the equation must be done to the other and 2. If you replace something in the equation, it must be of equal value. This rule ensures that your equation is being solved correctly and efficiently.

## Who Invented Algebra?

With algebra being a strand of mathematics, there is not one sole “inventor” of algebra, but rather multiple civilizations that have contributed to our understanding of math today which has led us to the algebra that we know today. These civilizations that have lead us to the development of mathematics include Babylonions, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and more! That being said, though there is not one sole inventor, there are founders of algebra, which includes Al-Khwarizmi. Al-Khwarizmi is a mathematician that introduced the Arabic word “al-jabr” in his book “The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing” from the 9th century. He is often considered as a key founder of algebra for his early discoveries and contributions.

## Are there Resources to learn Algebra?

There are many resources to learn and to help support learning of algebra. Resources include textbooks, online educational videos and tutorials. Another valuable resource are teachers, whether through schools or through tutoring services. Having an expert in the area to support your learning can be very beneficial. Tutors can provide homework support, assignment support, test preparation as well as ensuring that concepts and understanding are solidified among their students.

## How is Algebra Used in the Real World?

Algebra is used in many ways across multiple fields such as finance, engineering, computer science, economics, science, etc. Consider your computer! Computer programming uses algebra to create programs, store data, and carry out calculations. Algebra is extremely valuable and pertinent in our world.

Grade 9 algebra can be a challenging transition for students, especially if students have holes in their learning and understanding of algebraic concepts. Here at Success Tutorial School our goal is to fill any gaps in understanding by building a solid foundation for our students. We aim to create an effective learning environment for all whether that be by bridging gaps in learning or pushing students further and challenging them as needed. We pride ourselves in offering multiple professional programs to support our students in achieving their goals as best as possible.