In this chapter, you will review the language of algebra and take your first steps toward working with algebraic concepts.
- 1.1: Prelude to the Foundations of Algebra
- Scientists are designing ways to use 3D printers to build on the moon or Mars. Already, animals are benefiting from 3D-printed parts, including a tortoise shell and a dog leg. Builders have even constructed entire buildings using a 3D printer. The technology and use of 3D printers depends on the ability to understand the language of algebra. Engineers must be able to translate observations and needs in the natural world to complex mathematical commands that can provide directions to a printer.