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

## School Name

Chapin High School

## Grade Level

12th Grade

## Presentation Topic

Mathematics

## Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

## Oral Presentation Award

1st Place

## Written Paper Award

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.

## Recommended Citation

Taylor, Caleb, "The Impact of Arithmetic Skills on The ability to Solve Simple Algebraic Equations" (2017). *South Carolina Junior Academy of Science*. 151.

https://scholarexchange.furman.edu/scjas/2017/all/151

## Location

Wall 205

## Start Date

3-25-2017 11:30 AM

## Presentation Format

Oral and Written

## Group Project

No

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.