The first year of algebra is a prerequisite for all higher-level math: geometry, algebra II, trigonometry, and calculus. Studies have argued that students who take algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and one additional high-level math course are much more likely to do well in college math, than students without.
According to GreatSchools.org Algebra is not just for the college-bound. Even high school graduates headed straight for the work force need the same math skills as college freshmen, the ACT found. One particular study looked at occupations that don't require a college degree but pay wages high enough to support a family of four. Researchers found that math and reading skills required to work as an electrician, plumber, or upholsterer were comparable to those needed to succeed in college. In summery a strong algebra background is a must for our 21st century.
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Basic algebra is the first in a series of higher-level math classes students need to succeed in college and life. In order to build a solid math foundation, there are several strong resources we would encourage you to take a look at.
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