# A First Lesson in Algebra: Solving Equations

One of the first lessons taught in Algebra is Solving Equations. This is the basis of Algebra and many other lessons taught in Algebra will rely on knowledge of this skill.Your first paragraph ...

### So, what is an equation?

An equation is a mathematical statement that shows that two quantities are equal.

For example, 6 + 3 = 9. This is an equation that shows that the expression 6+3 is equal to the quantity 9.

However, in Algebra, one of the terms is typically unknown and a variable (letter) is used in it's place. For example, x + 3 = 9 is an Algebra equation. We must solve this equation to determine the value of x.

I am going to teach you how to solve many types of equations. We will start with the basic algebra equation, which only involves one step to solve. From there we'll move onto two-step equations. I'll even teach you how to solve equations that contain fractions. They look scary, but they are really not too bad.

Then we'll move on to equations with variables on both sides and writing equations based on word problems. We'll cover it all - so get your thinking cap on and get ready to solve equations.

Click on the specific lesson that you may need help with, or follow along in order to complete the entire unit. Good luck!

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