# Lesson 8

### Algebra is a part of the world of mathematics where we use letters and/or symbols to represent numbers in equations.

The word “algebra” can cause stress, bring back haunting memories of high school; induce nausea, or create feelings of joy and happiness.  I am hoping the word has a positive connotation to you since this week you will be knee deep in all aspects of algebra.  Staying positive and getting started on the material right away are the two things that will help you excel as you master solving equations with one variable, combining-like-terms and then solving an equation, solving literal equations, translating English to math, and solving equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign.  If you need to brush up on how to combine-like-terms or on how to use the distributive property, use this link to access the tutorial that was posted for Lesson 6. Here are additional tutorials to watch to help you with the assignments in Folder A:  Solving equations with Large Parentheses, and “Solving for a Variable” (also known as literal equations because they only have letters in them).

Here is an additional tutorial to watch to help you with the assignment in Folder B:  How to Translate English to Math.

If you need additional practice beyond what is in the textbook, print off the following worksheets & answer keys:

Here is an additional tutorial to watch to help you with the assignment in Folder B:  solve equations with the variable on both sides of the equal sign.

Lastly, this tutorial will give you tips so you can easily determine if your equation has one solution, no solutions or infinitely many solutions.

If you need additional practice beyond what is in the textbook, print off the following worksheets & answer keys: