# algebra words

So people can talk about equations, there are **names** for different parts (better than saying “that thingy there”!)

A **Variable** is a symbol for a number we don’t know yet. It is usually a letter like x or y.

The first step in learning to “speak algebra” is learning the definitions of the most commonly used words.**Translating Words into Algebra Language ** Here are some statements in English. Just below each statement is its translation in algebra.

P.S. There are some problems that I’m aware of, but can’t currently fix (because they are out of the scope of this project). The main one is that individual words can have many different senses (meanings), so when you search for a word like *mean*, the engine doesn’t know which definition you’re referring to (“bullies are *mean*” vs. “what do you *mean*?”, etc.), so consider that your search query for words like term may be a bit ambiguous to the engine in that sense, and the related terms that are returned may reflect this. You might also be wondering: What type of word is

There is still lots of work to be done to get this to give consistently good results, but I think it’s at the stage where it could be useful to people, which is why I released it.

Directions requesting a written description of the procedures for finding the solution to the problem presented.**Additive inverse property**

For example, in the equation *ax* + *bx* + *c* *+* 0, *a, b,* and *c* are constants and the *x* is the variable. The value of *x* depends on what *a, b,* and *c* are assigned to be.**Expression.** Any combination of values and operations that can be used to show how things belong together and compare to one another.

## Resources:

http://www.math.com/school/subject2/lessons/S2U1L1DP.html

http://relatedwords.org/relatedto/algebraic

http://mainland.cctt.org/mathsummer/JosephBond/vocabulary/vocabulary_std.htm

http://www.dummies.com/education/math/algebra/understanding-basic-algebra-vocabulary/

http://www.ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=gaurd