The aword scares people  just ask your parents! However, it need not be a problem. Think about climbing a tree: as long as you remember to hang on, you won't fall off. Algebra is like that  remember what you're doing, and you'll be fine. Algebra is all about using letters to represent numbers, then doing stuff with them. This makes life easier  honest! Let's start with a simple example: x + 2 = 5 The letter x is a number that we don't know. Adding 2 to it makes 5, so what is x? It's 3, of course!
