“I
was good until they put letters in math!!”

### How many times have any of you said that? I’ve heard that from many people, even a teacher! Yes, a teacher! Negative attitudes experienced as a youngster are why most people think that math is just too hard. I’m going to show you that you're better at math than you thought.

### **Pre-Algebra**

### The Foundation of Algebra

### If your foundation is weak, or even cracked, your building will come crashing down.

I want to put rebar in your foundation and we can do that by learning

**step by step.**

**step by step.**

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**Understand the Vocabulary**

**I want you to think back to when you were learning addition
and subtraction. We were often given problems where an addend was missing. This
brings me to the first step. When learning any new concept, get familiar with
the vocabulary. **

*Addend***: **a number being added to another number or numbers.*Sum***:** the answer to an addition problem, also known as the total.

*Addend***:**a number being added to another number or numbers.*Sum***:**the answer to an addition problem, also known as the total.

__Take a look at this visual__

__Take a look at this visual__

Pierce, Rod. "Math is Fun" Math Is Fun. Ed. Rod Pierce. 8 Oct 2022. 22 Jan 2023

### When we are young, some math problems look like this:

**5 + ____ = 12**

### Once we were good at adding, finding these missing addends was something we could do quite quickly and we would just write down the answer on the line.

*YOU JUST DID Pre-ALGEBRA!!*

** To prove this to you, let’s learn one more definition. **

**3. ***Algebra***: **The branch of math where __letters and symbols__ stand in to represent something __we don’t know yet.__

### The line is __a symbol__ that stands in for the addend that __we don’t know yet.__ That means Pre-Algebra is something
that you’ve already started learning and if you take it step by step, you’ll start saying;

**“I’m good at math, even with
those darn letters!”**