### Volume of Basic Figures Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 Two Step Equations

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solving Systems of Inequalities

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Surface Area of Basic Figures Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 in Standard Form

February 7, 2011

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

### Polynomial Multiplication Special Rules

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Special Factoring Rules

February 7, 2011

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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solve Two Variable Inequalities

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solving Systems Substitution Method

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solving Systems Graphing Method

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solve Linear Inequalities

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solve Absolute Value Inequalities

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solve Absolute Value Equations

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Slope of a Line

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Find the Equation of a Line Using The Slope Intercept Formula Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Ratios Rates and Proportions

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solve Quadratic Equations by Square Roots

February 7, 2011

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

### Solve Quadratic Equations by Factoring

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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

### Solve Quadratic Equations Completing The Square

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Pythagorean Theorem

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Rules of Powers and Exponents

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Write Equation of Line Point Slope Formula

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solving Percent by Proportions

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Percent

February 7, 2011

I know you have a good “feel” about percent- everyone should with all the percent ads we see like 50% off  a pair of old […]

February 7, 2011

“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 […]

### Multiplying Polynomials

February 7, 2011

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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Mid-Point Formula Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Systems Linear Programming

February 7, 2011

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 and Non-linear Functions

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Systems Elimination Linear Combination

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Function Inverse

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Introduction to Functions and Relations

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Graphing Lines y=mx + b (Slope-Intercept Method) Full Video Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Graphing Lines Using a Table

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Graphing One Variable Lines

February 7, 2011

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 Ax + By = C

February 7, 2011

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

### Basic Inequalities

February 7, 2011

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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Functions Vertical Line Test and Mapping

February 7, 2011

“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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Fractions LCM and LCD

February 7, 2011

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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Factoring The GCF from a Polynomial

February 7, 2011

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

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Evaluate Absolute Value

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### How to Find The Equation of a Line

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Distance Formula

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Direct and Inverse Variation

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Convert Fractions and Decimals

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Compound Interest

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Composite Functions

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Best Fitting Lines And Scatter Plots

February 7, 2011

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 of Circles Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Area of Basic Figures Lesson

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

February 7, 2011

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 […]

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Absolute Value Definition

February 7, 2011

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 […]

### Solving One Step Equations (Basic Equations)

February 2, 2011

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

February 2, 2011

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 (Polynomials)

February 2, 2011

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 […]

### Multiplying And Dividing Positive And Negative Numbers Lesson

February 2, 2011

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 […]

### Adding And Subtracting Positive And Negative Numbers Lesson

February 2, 2011

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 […]

### Order of Operations

February 2, 2011

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 […]