The Effect _ Most of even beginning algebra depends on being able to do two things__one, doing multiplication quickly and accurately in your head, two, knowing how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. You might remember a concept in algebra called "factoring." Factoring means breaking up into parts that are multiplied together to give you the whole. You can factor numbers. For instance, 6 factors into 2 and 3_θx3 =6. In elementary algebra we learn to factor expressions such as x^2ƲxƲ. This particular expression is easily factorable into (xư)^2. If this doesn't make any sense to you, don't worry about it. Just trust me, if you don't know your multiplication tables, you can't factor. If you can't factor, you won't do well at all in algebra, geometry, or trigonometry.

Sometimes children are given maths worksheets where they have to calculate the cost of things or work out how much change should be given on items that cost ūሴ when someone hands over a five dollar bill.You could do the following: o Get them to color in and name the three items _ o If there are no pictures on the worksheet then give them a sheet of paper to draw and color the items and then cut them out and paste them onto the worksheet _ o Once they have done this try to find five dollars in change and help them count out the money and calculate what is left

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