Algebra underperformances at college level: what are the consequences? (English)

Stewart, Sepideh (ed.), And the rest is just algebra. Cham: Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-45052-0/hbk; 978-3-319-45053-7/ebook). 3-18 (2017).

Summary: Many college instructors consider the final problem-solving steps in their respective disciplines as “just algebra”; however, for many college students, a weak foundation in algebra seems to be a source of significant struggle with solving a variety of mathematics problems. The purpose of this chapter is to reveal some typical algebra errors that subsequently plague students’ abilities to succeed in higher-level mathematics courses. The early detection and mindfulness of these errors will aid in the creation of a model for intervention that is specifically designed for students’ needs in each course.