#### Title

The Impact of Arithmetic Skills on The ability to Solve Simple Algebraic Equations

#### School Name

Chapin High School

Mathematics

Non-Mentored

1st Place

1st Place

#### Abstract

A student's arithmetical abilities (multiplication, division, subtraction, addition) have been proven to significantly impact the strength of a math student. Observations prior to this experiment showed that Algebra 1 students struggle with the arithmetic portion of solving an equation. It has been studied that the most important aspect of mathematics for a student to learn and be successful in math class is number sense. Number sense can be defined as the understanding of the numerical patterns such as: number recognition, counting, quantity discrimination (magnitude), and basic number combinations, involved with doing mathematical calculations. The weakness of students in Algebra 1 called into question their arithmetic skills as a result of a failing grade in Algebra 1. This research used a written test of two sections, arithmetic and algebraic, to see what sort of correlation could be calculated between basic arithmetic and algebraic skills. The research shows is a correlation coefficient of 0.617, and a line of best fit-slope of 0.948, both showing a moderately strong connection in the data. The corresponding p-value is 0.0011, showing significance in the data.

Wall 205

#### Start Date

3-25-2017 11:30 AM

Oral and Written

#### Group Project

No

COinS

Mar 25th, 11:30 AM

The Impact of Arithmetic Skills on The ability to Solve Simple Algebraic Equations

Wall 205

A student's arithmetical abilities (multiplication, division, subtraction, addition) have been proven to significantly impact the strength of a math student. Observations prior to this experiment showed that Algebra 1 students struggle with the arithmetic portion of solving an equation. It has been studied that the most important aspect of mathematics for a student to learn and be successful in math class is number sense. Number sense can be defined as the understanding of the numerical patterns such as: number recognition, counting, quantity discrimination (magnitude), and basic number combinations, involved with doing mathematical calculations. The weakness of students in Algebra 1 called into question their arithmetic skills as a result of a failing grade in Algebra 1. This research used a written test of two sections, arithmetic and algebraic, to see what sort of correlation could be calculated between basic arithmetic and algebraic skills. The research shows is a correlation coefficient of 0.617, and a line of best fit-slope of 0.948, both showing a moderately strong connection in the data. The corresponding p-value is 0.0011, showing significance in the data.