Algebra for Beginners

Taking the mystery out of algebra...
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

This course is aimed at beginners, those who are just starting out or who are unfamiliar with basic algebra and wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills. It is broken down into bitesize chunks making it suitable for both learning and revising. You will gain an understanding and be able to put in to practice knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Positive and Negative Numbers
  • Order of Operations using BODMAS/BIDMAS/PEMDAS
  • Constants, Variables and Expressions
  • Collecting Like Terms
  • Forming and Solving Equations and more...

If you are wanting to prepare for what lies ahead or simply gain a better understanding in these areas then this course is ideal for you. The engaging and informative videos, course notes and practice questions with worked answers, will help you add algebra to your growing list of mathematical strengths.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to a printer would be beneficial.
  • A pen and some paper.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use essential algebraic techniques that provide the foundations for more advanced problem solving.
  • Understand and be familiar with algebraic terminology.
  • Confidently apply skills and knowledge gained from this course in a classroom and examination setting.
  • Appreciate why we use algebra and how it is useful in both theoretical and real life situations.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for you if you:
  • …have little or no understanding of algebra.
  • …are just starting out.
  • ...are a beginner.
  • …just ‘didn’t get it’ at school.
  • …are home-schooled.
  • …want to refresh your basic algebraic skills.
  • …are a parent or carer wanting to support your child with their learning.
  • …want to potentially improve your job prospects by learning new skills.
  • It is suitable for all age groups.
  • It would not be suitable for you if you have a solid understanding of basic algebraic techniques.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to the Course!
Welcome Video
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01:50
Section 2: Positive and Negative Numbers
02:53

This video will help you understand how positive and negative numbers work when adding and subtracting. Remember you can pause and rewind at anytime which makes it ideal for both learning and revising. When you're satisfied you have sufficient understanding move on to the next lecture.

04:00

This video shows some worked examples of adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. Remember you can pause and rewind at anytime which makes it ideal for both learning and revising.

10 questions

Using what you have learnt from the previous two lectures see how many of the following questions you can answer correctly. If it helps draw a number line like the one shown in the Worked Examples.

1 page

Have a go at these questions to help reinforce what you have learnt about positive and negative numbers. Download and print out the worksheet if it makes it easier. Remember NO CALCULATORS allowed. The answer sheet is downloadable for you to check how well you have done. Good Luck!

03:07

This video explains what happens when you multiply and divide using positive and negative numbers. A Summary is available as a download to help you with your learning. When you are happy that you have sufficient understanding move on to the next lecture (quiz) for some practice. Good luck!

Multiplying and Dividing Positive and Negative Numbers
12 questions
04:21

This video explains exactly what the BODMAS Rule is and how it works. Remember you can pause and rewind at anytime which makes it ideal for both learning and revising.

03:45

This video shows worked examples of using the BODMAS Rule. Watch, rewind and watch again until you feel ready to move on to some practice of your own. When you are ready move on to the next lecture and have a go at the exercises to help reinforce what you have learnt about using the BODMAS Order of Operations rule.

1 page

Download and print out the attached question sheet then have a go at completing the questions using the knowledge and skills you have learnt so far. Remember NO CALCULATORS allowed. The answer sheet is downloadable too so you can check and see how well you have done. Good Luck!

1 page

Here are some further exercises to help reinforce what you have learnt about using the BODMAS Order of Operations rule. Download and print out the worksheet if it makes it easier. Remember NO CALCULATORS allowed. In the next lecture the answer sheet is downloadable or if you prefer there is a video showing worked answers for this question sheet. Either way you can check and see how well you have done. Good Luck!

10:06

Here are the answers to BODMAS 2. They are downloadable as an answer sheet or if you prefer you can watch this video to see how to work out each calculation.

Section 3: Basic Algebra
03:33

This video gives a real life introduction as to what constants, variables and expressions are. It gives a comprehensive overview of how to translate from the real world into mathematical language.

03:37

This video gives an introduction into simplifying algebra by collecting like terms. It shows you how a basic example in real life can be translated into maths and then simplified.

05:22

This video shows worked examples of Collecting Like Terms. Watch, rewind and watch again until you feel ready to move on to some practice of your own.

3 pages

When you feel ready, attached are some exercises to help reinforce what you have learnt about collecting like terms. Download and print out the worksheet if it makes it easier. The answer sheet is downloadable so you can check and see how well you have done. Good Luck!

02:41

Magic Pyramids are a great way to practise your number and algebra work. This video gives examples of how they are constructed so that you can then go on and download the attached sheet and have a go yourself. When you are happy with your understanding move onto the next lecture which deals with Expression Pyramids. Good luck.

08:10

This lecture explains how you can use Expression Pyramids to practise collecting of like terms. Watch the video through, pause and rewind if you need to and then go on to download the attached sheet to complete the Expression Pyramids. The answers are there to download too. Good luck.

04:24

This lecture introduces how we translate real life problems into algebra. The introduction is followed by examples and a brief summary.

14 questions

The aim of this quiz is to correctly select the algebraic statement for each statement.

03:05

As well as creating algebraic expressions we can evaluate them too. This short video explains how you can substitute values in place of variables and evaluate an expression. Also included in with this lecture is a downloadable question sheet where you can practice evaluating expressions. The answer sheet has been included as a download too.

Section 4: Linear Equations
01:55

This video gives an introduction as to what an equation is. It will give you a clearer view as to how an expression leads on to an equation. The following lecture looks at how to solve an equation by balancing scales.

04:22

This video explains how we solve an equation. It shows how by using both algebra and balancing. Watch, rewind and watch again until you feel ready to move on and practise some balancing of equations.

03:10

Download this question sheet and Balance the Equations to find the value of the unknown variable. I have included a short video demonstration to help you. The answer sheet is also included as a download. Good luck.

04:19

Download the question sheet and solve the equations to find the value of the unknown variable. I have included a short video demonstration that shows you how best to set out your workings. The answer sheet is also included as a download. Good luck.

True or False
10 questions
2 pages

Use your knowledge and skills that you have learnt so far to Crack the Code and solve the riddle. You can view the answers in the attached download. Good luck!

08:06

Download the attached question sheet and solve the equations to find the value of the unknown variable. I have included a video demonstration that shows you how best to set out your workings. The worked answers are in the next lecture. Good luck.

17:33

This video works through the answers to the question sheet from the previous lecture. Feel free to pause and rewind to ensure you have a good understanding of how to approach these types of questions.

05:50

This video demonstrates how to solve equations using the skills and knowledge that you have learnt throughout this course. No more pictures of scales but instead we just use algebra showing all workings as we solve each equation. You can download the attached worksheet and practise your technique. The worked answers have been included as a download too. Good luck!

02:49

This video explains how to use the knowledge and skills you have learnt so far to form and solve equations. Watch the video and when you are ready download the attached question sheet and complete the questions showing all of your working out. The answer sheet is also available as a download. Good luck.

1 page

This Magic Maths Pyramid is based on an actual MENSA Maths Pyramid. It requires you to put in to practice what you have learnt about expressions and forming and solving equations. The same rules apply as with the Magic Pyramids you completed earlier. Adding together two blocks gives you the total in the block directly above.

Download the attached worksheet and have a go. Can you work out the value of the ?. Remember to show all of your working out. Good luck!

The answer with working out is in the next lecture.

04:36

Watch this video to see how the MENSA Maths Pyramid was solved. How did you get on? If you managed to get the answer and show all of your working out then well done!

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