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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALGEBRA

According to every rule of algebra, not more than one of us three should be alive now.

Apples and algebra were the things she cared most about in school life.

She went singing to her algebra, which she could not have done if it had not been snowing.

Has your algebra bothered you, or is the barn dance troubling your conscience?

One might almost as well say, "If I only had the knowledge of algebra I had as a child!"

I'm much better at cricket and hockey than at French and algebra.

Anyway what's the good of algebra and physics and chemistry and history and all that junk?

Wood sawing had worn him down and algebra had made him sleep.

Algebra and geometry were the only studies that continued to defy my efforts to comprehend them.

The boy from Texas dodged, and the algebra hit the wall behind him.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, from Medieval Latin algebra, from Arabic al jebr "reunion of broken parts," as in computation, used 9c. by Baghdad mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi as the title of his famous treatise on equations ("Kitab al-Jabr w'al-Muqabala" "Rules of Reintegration and Reduction"), which also introduced Arabic numerals to the West. The accent shifted 17c. from second syllable to first. The word was used in English 15c.-16c. to mean "bone-setting," probably from Arab medical men in Spain.

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