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### Algebra

one of the main branches of mathematics, it concerns the study of structure, relation and quantity. Algebra studies the effects of adding and multiplying numbers, variables, and polynomials, along with their factorization and determining their roots. In addition to working directly with numbers, algebra also covers symbols, variables, and set elements. Addition and multiplication are general operations, but their precise definitions lead to structures such as groups, rings, and fields.

### algebraic equation

is an equation involving only algebraic expressions in the unknowns. These are further classified by degree.

### A transcendental equation

is an equation involving a transcendental function of one of its variables.

### A functional equation

is an equation in which the unknowns are functions rather than simple quantities.

### Algebra

(from Arabic al-jebr meaning "reunion of broken parts") is the branch of mathematics concerning the study of the rules of operations and relations, and the constructions and concepts arising from them, including terms, polynomials, equations and algebraic structures.

### Pure mathematics

Together with geometry, analysis, topology, combinatorics, and number theory, algebra is one of the main branches of

### Elementary algebra

introduces the concept of variables representing numbers. Statements based on these variables are manipulated using the rules of operations that apply to numbers, such as addition. This can be done for a variety of reasons, including equation solving. in which the properties of operations on the real number system are recorded using symbols as "place holders" to denote constants and variables, and the rules governing mathematical expressions and equations involving these symbols are studied. This is usually taught at school under the title algebra (or intermediate algebra and college algebra in subsequent years). University-level courses in group theory may also be called elementary algebra.

### categories of Algebra

Elementary algebra

Abstract algebra

Linear algebra

Universal algebra

Algebraic number theory

Algebraic geometry

Algebraic combinatorics

### Abstract algebra

sometimes also called modern algebra, in which algebraic structures such as groups, rings and fields are axiomatically defined and investigated.

### Algebraic number theory

in which the properties of numbers are studied through algebraic systems. Number theory inspired much of the original abstraction in algebra.

### Algebraic combinatorics

in which abstract algebraic methods are used to study combinatorial questions.

### The purpose of using variables

symbols that denote numbers, is to allow the making of generalizations in mathematics

### Expressions

may contain numbers, variables and arithmetical operations. These are conventionally written with 'higher-power' terms on the left

### The operation of addition

means repeated addition of ones: a + n = a + 1 + 1 +...+ 1 (n number of times)

### The operation of addition

has an inverse operation called subtraction: (a + b) − b = a, which is the same as adding a negative number, a − b = a + (−b)

### The operation of multiplication

has an inverse operation called division which is defined for non-zero numbers: (ab)/b = a, which is the same as multiplying by a reciprocal, a/b = a(1/b)

### The operation of exponentiation

means repeated multiplication: a^n = a × a ×...× a (n number of times)

### The operation of exponentiation

has an inverse operation, called the logarithm: a^loga^b = b = log`a a^b

### The operation of exponentiation

can be written in terms of n-th roots: a^m/n ≡ (n√a)^m and thus even roots of negative numbers do not exist in the real number system.

### Order of Operations

In mathematics it is important that the value of an expression is always computed the same way. Therefore, it is necessary to compute the parts of an expression in a particular order, known as the

### Order of Operations

parenthesis and other grouping symbols including brackets, absolute value symbols, and the fraction bar

exponents and roots

multiplication and division

addition and subtraction

### Identities

Some equations are true for all values of the involved variables (such as a + b = b + a); such equations are called

### Equation Solving

The values of the variables which make the equation true are the solutions of the equation and can be found through

### Properties of equality

The relation of equality (=) is...

reflexive: b = b;

symmetric: if a = b then b = a;

transitive: if a = b and b = c then a = c.

The relation of equality (=) has the property...

that if a = b and c = d then a + c = b + d and ac = bd;

that if a = b then a + c = b + c;

that if two symbols are equal, then one can be substituted for the other.

### The relation of equality (=) is

reflexive: b = b;

symmetric: if a = b then b = a;

transitive: if a = b and b = c then a = c.

### The relation of equality (=) has the property

that if a = b and c = d then a + c = b + d and ac = bd;

that if a = b then a + c = b + c;

that if two symbols are equal, then one can be substituted for the other.

### The relation of inequality (<) has the property

of transivity: if a < b and b < c then a < c;

that if a < b and c < d then a + c < b + d;

that if a < b and c > 0 then ac < bc;

that if a < b and c < 0 then bc < ac.

### The simplest equations to solve

are linear equations that have only one variable. They contain only constant numbers and a single variable without an exponent. For example:

### The central technique to linear equations

is to add, subtract, multiply, or divide both sides of the equation by the same number in order to isolate the variable on one side of the equation. Once the variable is isolated, the other side of the equation is the value of the variable.

### Quadratic equations

can be expressed in the form ax^2 + bx + c = 0, where a is not zero (if it were zero, then the equation would not be quadratic but linear).

### Quadratic equations can also be solved

using factorization (the reverse process of which is expansion, but for two linear terms is sometimes denoted foiling).

### All quadratic equations

will have two solutions in the complex number system, but need not have any in the real number system.

### when b > 0

Elementary algebraic techniques are used to rewrite a given equation in the above way before arriving at the solution. then, by subtracting 1 from both sides of the equation, and then dividing both sides by 3 we obtain

### system of linear equations

two equations in two variables, it is often possible to find the solutions of both variables that satisfy both equations.

### Elimination method

An example of solving a system of linear equations is by using the elimination method: Multiplying the terms in the second equation by 2: Adding the two equations together to get: which simplifies to Since the fact that x = 2 is known, it is then possible to deduce that y = 3 by either of the original two equations (by using 2 instead of x) The full solution to this problem is then Note that this is not the only way to solve this specific system; y could have been solved before x.

### substitution

An equivalent for y can be deduced by using one of the two equations. Using the second equation: Subtracting 2x from each side of the equation: and multiplying by -1: Using this y value in the first equation in the original system: Adding 2 on each side of the equation: which simplifies to Using this value in one of the equations, the same solution as in the previous method is obtained. Note that this is not the only way to solve this specific system; in this case as well, y could have been solved before x.

### Binary operations

take two values, and include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and exponentiation.

### Rotations

can be combined using the function composition operation, performing the first rotation and then the second.

### Operations on sets

include the binary operations union and intersection and the unary operation of complementation.

### range

The set which contains the values produced is called the codomain, but the set of actual values attained by the operation is its

### Operations can involve dissimilar objects

A vector can be multiplied by a scalar to form another vector

### the fixed non-negative integer k (the number of arguments)

is called the type or arity of the operation

### operation

implies that the domain of the function is a power of the codomain (i.e. the Cartesian product of one or more copies of the codomain)

### operation

is synonymous with function, map and mapping, that is, a relation, for which each element of the domain (input set) is associated with exactly one element of the codomain (set of possible outputs).

### equation

a mathematical statement that asserts the equality of two expressions, this is written by placing the expressions on either side of an equals sign (=).

### Equations

often express relationships between given quantities, the knowns, and quantities yet to be determined, the unknowns.

### a solution or root of the equation

In an equation with a single unknown, a value of that unknown for which the equation is true is called

### solution to the system

is an assignment of values to all the unknowns so that all of the equations are true. also called set simultaneous equations.

### identity

a distinction is made between the equality sign ( = ) for an equation and the equivalence symbol () for an

###
Any real number can be added to both sides.

Any real number can be subtracted from both sides.

Any real number can be multiplied to both sides.

Any non-zero real number can divide both sides.

Some functions can be applied to both sides.

If an equation in algebra is known to be true, the following operations may be used to produce another true equation:

### reflexive relation

is a binary relation on a set for which every element is related to itself, i.e., a relation ~ on S where x~x holds true for every x in S. For example, ~ could be "is equal to".

### a binary relation R over a set X is symmetric

if it holds for all a and b in X that if a is related to b then b is related to a.

### real number

a value that represents a quantity along a continuum, such as -5 (an integer), 4/3 (a rational number that is not an integer), 8.6 (a rational number given by a finite decimal representation), √2 (the square root of two, an algebraic number that is not rational) and π (3.1415926535..., a transcendental number).

### number line or real line

Real numbers can be thought of as points on an infinitely long line where the points corresponding to integers are equally spaced called the

### change of variables

is a basic technique used to simplify problems in which the original variables are replaced with new ones; the new and old variables being related in some specified way.

### difference of two squares, or the difference of perfect squares

is a squared (multiplied by itself) number subtracted from another squared number. It refers to the identity

### the method of equating the coefficients

is a way of solving a functional equation of two polynomials for a number of unknown parameters. It relies on the fact that two polynomials are identical precisely when all corresponding coefficients are equal. The method is used to bring formulas into a desired form.