Overview and history of algebra

5 videos
Did you realize that the word "algebra" comes from Arabic (just like "algorithm" and "al jazeera" and "Aladdin")? And what is so great about algebra anyway? This tutorial doesn't explore algebra so much as it introduces the history and ideas that underpin it.

Origins of algebra

VIDEO 7:18 minutes
Where did the word "Algebra" and its underlying ideas come from?


VIDEO 7:00 minutes
The general idea behind the word 'abstract'

The beauty of algebra

VIDEO 10:07 minutes
Why the abstraction of mathematics is so fundamental

Descartes and Cartesian coordinates

VIDEO 11:22 minutes
Bridging algebra and geometry. What makes linear equations so linear.

Why all the letters in algebra?

VIDEO 3:04 minutes
Jesse Roe and Sal Khan talk about why we use letters in algebra