For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.

## A is for Algebra

Can I tell you a secret? Quick – cover the ears of the tweens and teens! I *like* algebra. I’ve come to realize I’m somewhat of an anomaly among writers, who by and large seem to abhor math. But let’s cut algebra some mathematical slack since it *does* have letters.

While writing novels and solving algebraic equations may seem worlds apart, they both offer the satisfaction of a solution in which all of the pieces fit. There is order.

In *Rightfully Ours*, Paul and Rachel first establish a connection at her kitchen table as he helps her straighten her tangled thoughts on algebra, eventually helping her move her C grade to an A. Their study time also provides an opportunity for more physical proximity than they’d ever enjoyed, a fact not missed by Rachel’s father, who discovers them working side by side.

In a quick internet search, I stumbled across the perfect algebra/pirate humor, appropriate for *Rightfully Ours* (see Letter P).

## Why do we need algebra?

## Finding X is only useful if you’re a pirate!

**Algebra: love it or hate it?**

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When I was in high school I enjoyed algebra and geometry both. I thought it was like solving puzzles–which it is in a way.

In my senior year I had a terrible trigonometry teacher who really ruined math for me. He was such a bad teacher that later he went on into administration eventually becoming Superintendent of Schools. Thank goodness he got out of the classroom!

Arlee Bird

Tossing It Out

Puzzle solving – exactly! That’s what I enjoyed too.

Maths and I were never great friends. It doesn’t mean I didn’t respect maths; we just hung out in different circles.

Lots of circles to choose from. Math isn’t everyone’s fave. And not my favorite either, but I did like it.

I didn’t like algebra very much, I think it had to do with boring teachers. I loved geometry. I’ve been playing a lot of Dominos lately and my ability to add quickly is improving.

Finding Eliza

Amazing how much the quality of the teacher has to do with it, isn’t it?

I’m a fellow math-loving writer. Maybe we’re not such a rare breed after all? Seems like some degree of logical thinking is needed for each. 🙂

You’d think so!

I’ve always loved math, but I didn’t love school. I dropped out when I was young and always regretted all the years I missed of math, but I’ve recently discovered Khan Academy and every day I teach myself something new. I feel like I’m getting something back from the years I lost. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

Lisa // Zen and Pi

Visiting from the A to Z Challenge 🙂

Teaching yourself something new every day – what a great way to learn!

Great post. I cannot add and subtract well, but I loved algebra. I also love puzzles. There’s a definite connection.

Funny how different sorts of math require different sorts of skills. Puzzles too!

I completely hate the subject of Maths but thankfully Dad has infused some love for Algebra in me 🙂

Cheers,

Kiran

kiranashraf.blogspot.com

Sometimes dads succeed where other teachers do not!

Algebra! Cute! LOL I’m a homeschool mom, and when my son got to Algebra in his math class, I had to re-learn everything I’d forgotten from my high school days. Ouch!

Nice theme tie-in with your book. 🙂

Oh, I have an Algebra joke for you! “And then Satan said, ‘Let’s put the alphabet in Math!'” 😉

Ha ha! I don’t homeschool, but I still feel like I get to relearn it all either helping my kids or checking over their work. We’ll see what happens when they get to calculus!