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Pre-algebra is a common name for a course in middle school mathematics. In the United States, pre-algebra is usually taught in the 8th grade[1]. The objective of it is to prepare students for the study of algebra.

Pre-algebra includes several broad subjects:

Pre-algebra may include subjects from geometry, especially subjects that further understanding of algebra in applications to area and volume.


  1. ^ In the Introduction to their book on pre-algebra, Szczepanski & Kositsky (2008) say that "the math in this book should match what's taught in many middle school classrooms in California, Florida, New York, Texas, and other states". (p. xix)
  • Szczepanski, Amy F.; Kositsky, Andrew P. (2008), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pre-algebra, Penguin