Algebra Underperformances at College Level: What Are the Consequences?

  • Sepideh StewartEmail author
  • Stacy Reeder


Many college instructors consider the final problem-solving steps in their respective disciplines as “just algebra”; however, for many college students, a weak foundation in algebra seems to be a source of significant struggle with solving a variety of mathematics problems. The purpose of this chapter is to reveal some typical algebra errors that subsequently plague students’ abilities to succeed in higher-level mathematics courses. The early detection and mindfulness of these errors will aid in the creation of a model for intervention that is specifically designed for students’ needs in each course.


Algebra Common errors Undergraduate mathematics Student difficulties, calculus, college mathematics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.University of OklahomaNormanUSA

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