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### Course: College Algebra > Unit 8

Lesson 3: Reducing rational expressions to lowest terms# Creativity break: When did you first realize that you liked algebra

Experts share when they first realized that they liked algebra and mathematics. Created by Khan Academy.

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- This comment section makes me so sad. Back in school I too liked math when it was simple, then algebra was introduced and I started wondering if I really liked it anymore. However later when I was older I returned to it and learned it online with the help of Khan academy and other Youtube channels like Eddie Woo and 3b1b and many others, I ended up really falling in love with math!

Do I still struggle with it? Yep! But now I don't dislike the struggle, reaching understanding after confusion is its own reward, and earning new skills to tackle other more complex problems feels like gaining a superpower. For some reason school failed to give me this feeling, I never seemed to reach real understanding back then, there was just not enough time.(40 votes) - Khan Academy: Creativity break: When did you first realize that you liked algebra?

Me: NEVER!!

They were told to say that or maybe not(12 votes) - Anyone here taking algebra 1 in 7th grade?(6 votes)
- taking in Grade 10(11 votes)

- Wait what if i dont like algebra(4 votes)
- You develop Stockholm syndrome eventually, lol(13 votes)

- Being 100% honest I enjoyed math when it was simple math, like addition, subtration, multiplication and even division. I stopped liking math once I hit Algebra(8 votes)
- I bet this video has like 50 views even while being on Khan Academy. Literally no one has watched it lol.(7 votes)
- I hated pre-algebra at frst but as I progressed through I started to like it more and more. I can't wait to take algebra in 8th grade next year!(6 votes)
- Why would they even have this I'm pretty sure not very many people like Algerbra they just use it because they have to(4 votes)
- im at home doing this i really like this app i domated 10 dollars from my dad thank you for making this app.Big Thanks to my teachers.(3 votes)
- Lol, you donated your
**Dad's**money...well at least it's going to a worthy cause!(0 votes)

- Growing up, I never really liked math. I was always really good at it, but never really liked it. When I got to Algebra 2, I saw a quote about how mathematical equations are like this beautiful symphony that helps us see and understand the universe in ways we could never have imagined! After that, I fell deeply in love it.(2 votes)

## Video transcript

(whimsical electronic music) (clicking) - One day, my family
was building this fence around my chicken coop. 'Cause there were problems with raccoons. And we wanted to make sure
that the perimeter of the fence was twice the the length of the width. And I remember thinking, "This is exactly like my algebra class. "I'm actually doing
things that are useful." Algebra wasn't just something
that you do on paper, it was actually protecting
the lives of my chickens. So I felt like that was a moment for me where math is useful to the world, and we're solving real problems with it, and it's really powerful. - So I realized that
I first liked algebra, and just math in general,
my first year in college, I was a little bit of a late bloomer in realizing the importance of math. I was taking an early statistics course for my psychology degree. And I really began to understand how the concepts that I were learning could help me understand
the world around me better in a more concrete, fluid, and rich way. And so being able to make that connection from these things that I'm
learning in the classroom out into the real world, so that I can under understand
different phenomenon, I can understand how various
things in our culture work and progress, really helped me and made me feel like I
had a deeper understanding for the importance of math and algebra. And from that point I've
really been in love.