Objective:

To have a better understanding of the historical background of Algebra and the fundamental nomenclature used in Algebra.

Task:

In groups of 4s please complete the 4-stages of the Introduction: Algebra below. Appoint a scribe to post your findings on-line. Please quote and check the reliability of your sources. Remember to indicate your group members.

*Stage 1:*

World of

World of

*Mathematics*on Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi

Who is Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi ?

Identify his contributions in Mathematics and Sciences.

*Stage 2:*

Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi was the author of a book entitled

*Al-jabr w'al muqabala*(written in 830 AD) that gave the name

*al-jabr*to the branch of mathematics that is now known by its modern spelling as

**algebra**.

What is Algebra?

[reference: clink on the formula

Construct a simple mind map to illustrate this. You may refer to sample for inspiration.

source: Mind Map Art info@mindmapart.com

*Stage 3:*

Use the website or mathematics dictionary and find the definition of the following. Use diagrams or examples to illustrate your explanation. Click here for reference or refer to worksheet 1.

- variable
- constant
- coefficient
- expression
- equation

*Stage 4:*

Watch the following video on Introduction to Algebra and explain the differences between like terms and unlike terms.

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