### Volume of Basic Figures Lesson

Knowing how to find the volume of cubes, cones, spheres and other basic figures is really important for algebra students. If you know how to […]

Knowing how to find the volume of cubes, cones, spheres and other basic figures is really important for algebra students. If you know how to […]

Solving equations that involve two steps is really two basic equations in one problem. Always do the addition or subtraction part first before solving for […]

Before taking on a system inequality problem you should ask yourself: can I solve a system? can I do a basic linear inequality problem? If […]

Finding the surface area of basic figures like cylinders, prisms, pyramids and cones should be no problem if: you know the right formula and can […]

Writing lines (linear equations) in Standard Form is a must know skill for algebra students. Often times we see lines in y = mx + […]

Of course when faced with multiplying two polynomials (binomials) you can just use the F.O.I.L. method and call it a day. However recognizing that you […]

When recognizing that you are multiplying binomials with the following pattern (a + b)(a – b), (a + b)(a + b), (a – b)(a – […]

Solving rational equations involves some very important steps and you really need to know what you’re doing to find the solution. The good news […]

Solving radical equations involves some very important steps and you really need to know what you’re doing to find the solution. The good news is […]

Solving two variable inequalities involves graphing a line and shading a portion of the graph that identifies the solution region. So before you proceed make […]

Knowing how to solve a system of linear equations is an absolute must for algebra students. There are four basic ways you can solve a […]

Don’t you just love inequalities? Of course I can only hear you saying “not really…inequalities stink!” Well I know you may not like inequalities but […]

Absolute value inequalities are not quite the same as linear inequalities. Of course the biggest difference is that absolute value inequalities have an absolute value […]

What’s the absolute value of -3? |-3| = 3 That was easy. How about the absolute value of 3? |3|=3. Now let’s try this brain […]

The slope of a line which is represented by the variable “m” is front and center when it comes to understanding graphs of lines (linear […]

The are a few different ways to find the equation of a line; using the slope-intercept formula is one of the most common. Remember the […]

Ah…the wonderful world of the radical (square root symbol). Don’t like radicals? Too bad- they are everywhere in algebra and math so chill out and […]

Scientific notation is a great way to deal with super large or super small numbers. Lets consider the number 8723500000000000 not really a number I […]

Rates, ratios and proportions go together like a cheeseburger, fries and a coke. So what’s this bond I speak of with these terms? First let […]

Think of the most popular people you know…movie stars, presidents, sports heroes, etc. Well in the world of algebra nothing is more famous than the […]

Often the easiest way to solve a quadratic equation is by taking the square root of both side of the equation (as illustrated below). […]

I just love factoring! Now many of you might think “wow this guy has no life..” but nothing could be further from the truth- my […]

A very interesting part of the quadratic formula is the discriminant. Specifically the discriminant is the “b squared – 4ac” part of the formula (located […]

People that make algebra easier are our friends! Some poor fellow used to solve quadratic equations by completing the square and finally discovered a much […]

The Pythagorean Theorem is a must know for all algebra students. Just because the Pythagorean Theorem deals with basic geometry it has alot of application […]

The Rules of Powers and Exponents are sometimes called the “Properties of Exponents” the important thing is no matter what they are called you need […]

Writing the equation of a line is a basic skill in algebra. There are a few ways to write the equation of a line but […]

You can solve percent problems by proportions or equations. Both ways are good but of course you want to stick with the method you like […]

“Operations with radicals” is not conducting surgery with a bunch of crazy people. The topic is far more fun it involves dealing with radical operations […]

You know how to multiply numbers but that’s no real fun. If you are looking for a real good time then learn how to multiply […]

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions- sounds hard but it’s not if you understand a few things. First rational expressions are fractions that are made of […]

Often it’s the easy things we tend to mess up. This seems to be the case with many students when it comes to dealing with […]

Wow! another formula to remember in algebra- just what you wanted. However sad you might be at learning more formulas the mid-point formula is pretty […]

If you were wondering what’s the hardest topic in algebra – linear programming might just be it. So many students have a difficult time when […]

Linear functions, non-linear functions..who cares! Well if you like good grades in algebra then you want to take “care” on understanding the differences between various […]

Solving systems is a core skill in algebra so you need to get “hard core” about the effort you put into mastering systems. For the […]

The inverse of a function is like a function’s “anti-function”. To put this another way an inverse function undoes a function. As you can see […]

Functions and relations are a HUGE part of algebra! As such you want to take the time to learn all the terms and language that […]

You thought that all you had to do was learn how to graph lines in algebra? What fun would that be- lines are boring! So […]

Take a quadratic equation mix it with an inequality and graph it- the result is a quadratic inequality. These problems take time so don’t rush […]

The slope-intercept form of a line is the way you will see most lines expressed in algebra. The form is y=mx + b where m=the […]

Almost any function you encounter in algebra can be graphed by creating a table of values. As such you want to understand how to construct […]

It’s always the easy things that we tend to mess up. Welcome to the world of graphing one variable lines. For many years as a […]

Graphing lines using intercepts is easy when lines are in standard form (Ax + By = C). The intercepts are just the locations where […]

Come on is there anything “basic” in math? Of course there is and hopefully you will find this introduction to inequalities easy. A few things […]

Graphing Absolute Value Functions is an important skill to master in algebra. The key is to remember that each graph has a V shape and […]

“To be or not to be a function- that is the question”. So lets say someone is trying to sell you a function and you […]

Function operations are a must know for algebra students. Let’s review what the word “operation” means. In math an operation is what you can do […]

Want to add or subtract fractions? Well then you will want to understand the LCM and LCD. LCM stands for the Least Common Multiple and […]

Solving formula equations or literal equations is not hard if you understand how to solve regular variable equations. When we are solving a formula equation […]

Want to make some extra money tutoring algebra? Well all you have to do is become an expert in factoring polynomials and you will be […]

In algebra when we factor a polynomial we always start with the GCF( greatest common factor). I know you might have some fancy algebra factoring […]

Exponential growth and decay is just a description on how something grows or decays overtime. Example, lets say you have two rabbits and they have […]

Evaluating an absolute value expression is when you calculate the value of the problem. Remember when you find the absolute value of a number the […]

So you want to know how to find the equation of a line. This is a skill you must know as an algebra student. Before […]

Put away the tape measure- if you want to find the distance between two points (x, y) we can break out the “distance formula”. The […]

One nice little topic you will study as an algebra student is variation. The concept takes a look at how variables relate to one another […]

Got a calculator? Then let’s travel to the land of fractions and decimals. To be clear never think that a calculator is a way out […]

Free Money! Yes indeed if you understand a little something about compound interest. A quote from Albert Einstein: “The most powerful force in the universe […]

The function operation that most algebra students dislike is the composite function. However once algebra students learn to handle these problems they warm up to […]

Good news! Sometimes in algebra you get to guess- well not totally but kind of. Finding the “best fitting line” is an example when we […]

Area and Circumference are must knows for your study of circles. Keep in mind that the value of pi can be estimated around 3.14 or […]

Finding the area of basic figures to include triangles and rectangles are a must know for algebra students. Remember that you will be using formulas […]

Mastering polynomials is essential to your success in algebra. As you progress into more complex college prep math you will find polynomials will get even […]

If you thought fractions were hard you will hate adding and subtracting rational expressions. But lets be positive, that was before you came to algebratesthelper.com […]

Fractions the most loved of numbers in algebra- NOT! I know most of you hate fractions but get over it you need to master and […]

The concept of absolute value is very important for algebra students to understand. The key thing to know is that absolute value measures distance a […]

College algebra should be so easy- algebra in one simple step! Not so fast, college math will require a little more work so lets start […]

The distributive property is one of the most common areas where algebra students make mistakes. So to make sure you don’t fail at any distributive […]

Like Terms are the basic building block to learning algebra. Just as sentences have words in algebra we have “terms”. A term in algebra is […]

One of the top mistakes that cause algebra students to fail is not mastering positive and negative numbers. The rules are easy however many students […]

If I was to list the top factors that cause students problems in math I would place the order of operations right up there at […]

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