# Math Wars Episode X: The Algebra Menace

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Algebra was much simpler long ago. For instance, in ancient Rome, x was always 10. In today's world, x could be anything! How are we to continue on in these uncertain times?

Fortunately, we have new ways to tame the chaos that is solving for x: there is simplifying, expanding, factorising. Once we overcome our fear of the dreaded algebra, we will learn to see it as a friend and powerful ally that can aide us in solving real-world (word) problems, if only we can learn to convert these situations into algebraic expressions.