We start off with a question:

1+1=

You are probably looking at this like

Well this, is actually the basicist (is that a word???) form of algebra.

Lets look at that question again:

1+1=?

This ? is called a

**variable**.

Our variable could be anything, x,y,z,monkey,?

A variable is a symbol representation of a unknown number.

Lets use x:

Here we see that x=2.

Now let me change it up:

We now come to a vital part of algebra: isolation.

Our goal is to make x stand on its own, on either side.

Looks like if we minus 1 from each side, x is on its own.

However we glossed over one step.

Why can't we only minus 1 from one side?

Let me sho you a quick question why:

Minus one from one side:

But wait a minute:

For isolation, you can do anything to the equation, as long as you do it to both sides, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, squaring...

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~Dojo