Why is algebra so hard to understand? This is a question that has been asked by algebra 1 and 2 students through time immemorial. One of the biggest reasons is because algebra is abstract. This makes it different than all the other types of math that students have previously learned. Algebra also moves past the realm of mere computation in the more difficult world of thinking logically about numbers. But, wait. It’s not even the numbers that are so confusing and hard to understand for many students—it’s the darn letters—the x’s, y’s, and z’s.
In this article, we are going to outline the 5 reasons why algebra is so hard.
1. It requires logical thinking
2. It’s inherently abstract
3. The Use of Multiple Variables
4. Functions Are Confusing
5. It’s Non-Visual
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