Chapter 1

# Going Beyond Beginning Algebra

In This Chapter

Applying order of operations and algebraic properties

Using FOIL and other products

Solving linear and absolute value equations

Dealing with inequalities

The nice thing about the rules in algebra is that they apply no matter what level of mathematics or what area of math you’re studying. Everyone follows the same rules, so you find a nice consistency and orderliness. In this chapter, I discuss and use the basic rules to prepare you for the topics that show up in Algebra II.

## Good Citizenship: Following the Order of Operations and Other Properties

The *order of operations* in mathematics deals with what comes first (much like the chicken and the egg). When faced with multiple operations, this *order* tells you the proper course of action.

The *order of operations* states that you use the following sequence when simplifying algebraic expressions:

**Raise to powers or find roots.**
**Multiply or divide.**
**Add or subtract.**

Special groupings ...