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Algebra is like arithmetic on steroids! Its power comes from making math apply to general situations instead of only specific problems. Once the concept of variables is established, it gives students the ability to see similarities in the solutions of science problems and other statistical applications. I worked two years on a Carl Perkins federal grant project to support using applied learning techniques in teaching algebra and made presentations on the project at state-wide TechPrep conventions in Austin. ... More