## FAQs

The concepts and skills taught in Algebra 1 – solving for different variables, graphing functions, etc. – **can be fairly complex at first**. Before taking Algebra 1, there are several prerequisite skills students should have experience with to ensure success.

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What is the hardest subject in algebra 1? ›
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**According to study, the following algebra topics were found to be the most difficult for students to master:**

- 1) - Multiplying Polynomials by Monomials.
- 2) - Modeling Using Exponential Functions.
- 3) - Averaging Data with Different Units.
- 4) - Converting Units for Derived Quantities.

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Why is algebra 1 so hard for me? ›
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Algebra is overwhelming for many students because **it's the first math class they take where they must wrestle with variables, abstract concepts, and creative problem solving**. And there's often not enough done in the classroom to connect Algebra to their everyday lives and explain why it's worth understanding.

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How to pass algebra 1 in college? ›
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Study Hard

**Complete all of your assigned homework**. You can also consider working on the extra practice problems in your textbook. The more algebra problems you solve, the better prepared you'll be for your exams. Give yourself enough time to work on homework and to prepare for exams.

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Is algebra 1 or 2 harder? ›
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What makes **Algebra 2 harder than Algebra 1** is that it asks you to take the basic ideas you learned before and use them to solve problems that are a lot more challenging. You have to think more deeply and creatively to figure out these tougher problems.

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Can I fail algebra 1? ›
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**Students who fail Algebra I in ninth grade can get back on track and successfully progress toward graduation**. Most students (two-thirds) who failed Algebra I ended up graduating within 4 years if they recovered Algebra I at some point in time.

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Is algebra 1 or geometry easier? ›
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The ease or difficulty of learning geometry versus algebra can vary from person to person. **Some individuals may find geometry more intuitive and easier to understand due to its visual nature**. Others may prefer the logical structure and problem-solving aspects of algebra.

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What is math 55 at Harvard? ›
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Math 55 is **a two-semester freshman undergraduate mathematics course** at Harvard University founded by Lynn Loomis and Shlomo Sternberg. The official titles of the course are Studies in Algebra and Group Theory (Math 55a) and Studies in Real and Complex Analysis (Math 55b).

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Is algebra or calculus harder? ›
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**Calculus is the hardest mathematics subject** and only a small percentage of students reach Calculus in high school or anywhere else. Linear algebra is a part of abstract algebra in vector space. However, it is more concrete with matrices, hence less abstract and easier to understand.

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What is the most failed subject in school? ›
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High school math, and algebra, in particular, is in crisis. Although some students thrive on the pathway to calculus, most do not. **Algebra I** is the single most failed course in American high schools.

To put it in one word, yes. Even though most basic math could be learned by nearly anyone, **finding difficulty in understanding math concepts is a common experience**.

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Is algebra 1 in 9th grade bad? ›
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In fact, **one study showed that students that take algebra in 9th grade as opposed to 8th grade are more likely to take four years of high school math and continue taking math classes in college.**

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What is the average grade to take algebra 1? ›
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Algebra 1 is typically offered in the **9th grade**. However, some students may take Algebra 1 earlier or later, depending on their math proficiency and the type of course they choose. According to the Civil Rights Data Collection (U.S.), about 4.4 million students took Algebra I in the 2015–16 school year.

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What percentage of people pass algebra 1? ›
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In California, where standards call for Algebra I in grade 8, a 2011 EdSource report shows that **nearly one-third** of those who took the course—or 80,000 students—scored “below basic” or “far below basic.” In districts across the country, failure rates for Algebra I vary but run as high as 40 or 50 percent... cf.

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Do colleges look at algebra 1? ›
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**Both the UC and California State University require three years of high school math but recommend four as part of the A-G courses that students must take to be eligible for admission**. Historically, that typically includes Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2, which often leads to Calculus.

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Is algebra 1 easy or hard? ›
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However, **for many students, Algebra 1 will be quite a difficult challenge**. In Algebra 1, there are dozens of quickly-moving topics and skills that build on each other as the curriculum progresses. Having strong arithmetic skills is an incredibly important prerequisite for gaining confidence in an Algebra 1 course.

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What is the passing rate for algebra 1? ›
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Students still struggling in math, with **49 percent** of kids passing the state Algebra 1 exam in 2022.

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What score do you need to pass algebra 1? ›
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passing score for Algebra 1 is **400 on a scale score range of 325–475**. This does not mean that the test got easier or that the standard was lowered. The new score is simply placed on a new range of numbers (325– 475) vs. the FSA range (425–575).

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Is algebra 2 easier than 1? ›
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Even though it might feel hard at first, with the right way of approaching it and some help, students can get really good at these concepts. **Moving from Algebra 1 to Algebra 2 can be a bit of a jump**. Things get more complicated, and students deal with more abstract and tricky Math ideas.