When we list the different branches of the study of mathematics, we find that Algebra is one of the important studies of mathematics. In Maths, Algebra has a very important role to learn and solve many real life problems. When we look at any of the algebraic expression, it is basically the combination of the different terms joined together with the help of the mathematical operators namely addition and subtraction.  A term can have a number along with one or more variables joined with the multiplication and division operation. If we talk about the algebraic expression, it is formed by writing the statement in the form of the mathematical relation.  We will look at the following statement and then observe that how this statement is converted into the mathematical relation of the algebraic terms. This mathematical form of the combination of the terms is called the algebraic expressions.  If we write: 3added to 5 times a square of a number.
Now we know that the number we are talking about is not known, so the first thing while forming the algebraic expression is to form the variables and here let us assume the variable as y.
So the expression is formed as follows:  5 * y^2   + 3
Different mathematical operations can be performed on the algebraic expressions. Let us first look at the rules of addition of the algebraic expressions. Firstly we must know what are like and unlike terms in the algebraic expressions. The terms which have the same degree of all the variables are called like terms. As we say 3x^2 *y and 5 y* x^2 are two like terms and on another hand we have 3x^3 and 3 Y^3 are unlike terms.
Now to add up the algebraic expressions, we will first bring together all the like terms of the   algebraic expressions. The sum of more than two like terms is the sum of the coefficients of the like terms and along with it we write the same variables with the same degrees.
Now we look at the subtraction operation of the algebraic expressions. For this we need to follow the following steps:
1.     Arrange the terms of the given expressions in the same order.
2.     We will write all the terms of the   two expressions in the two rows, such that the like terms appear one under another. We will always remember that we will place the expression to be subtracted in the second row.
3.    Now in the next step, we will change the sign of all the terms, ie. The positive signs are changed to negative and the negative signs are changed to positive.
4.    Now taking into consideration the new signs allotted to all the terms of the second row, we will add up all the terms of the  two rows, remembering the  adding procedure of the like terms.
5.     The result so attained is the difference between the two  given algebraic expressions.

We can even perform multiplication and division operation on the algebraic expressions.

Topics Covered in Algebra

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