- The definition of algebra is a type of math that focuses on demonstrating the properties and relationships of abstract things in symbolic form.
Graphing, absolute value equations and scientific notation are each an example of a topic in algebra.
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- a mathematical system using symbols, esp. letters, to generalize certain arithmetic operations and relationships (Ex.: x + y = x represents a unique relationship between x and y, and has an infinite number of examples, as 3 + 6 = 9)
- any of various symbolic mathematical systems having formal rules of operation, defined relationships, finite processes, etc.: Boolean algebra
- a textbook or treatise dealing with algebra
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin ; from Arabic al-jabr, the reunion of broken parts ; from al, the plush jabara, to reunite
- algebraist noun
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- A branch of mathematics in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set and are used to represent quantities and to express general relationships that hold for all members of the set.
- A set together with a pair of binary operations defined on the set. Usually, the set and the operations include an identity element, and the operations are commutative or associative.
Origin: Middle English, bone-setting, and Italian, algebra, both from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-jabr (wa-l-muqābala), the restoration (and the compensation), addition (and subtraction) : al-, the + jabr, bone-setting, restoration (from jabara, to set (bones), force, restore; see gpr in Semitic roots).
- alˌge·braˈist noun
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