## How to work with Algebra: Part 4

If you thought using letters for algebra is strange then just look at some of the peculiar words in the English language! Did you know that at only 6 letters long, the longest word made only using vowels is “euouae”.  It holds two Guinness World Records. It’s the longest English word made only of vowels, also it has the most consecutive vowels of any word. The longest word with alternating consonants and vowels is honorificabilitudinitatibus. This was used by Shakespeare meaning “the state of being able to achieve honor”. However, Shakespeare used it as a joke, mocking people who used deliberately long words to appear intelligent!

Try out Part 4 of our “How to” Algebra guides. This week covers factorising quadratics, which means “putting it into 2 brackets”. This guide will show you methods of factorising when ‘a’ = 1, and when ‘a’ is not 1 (which is a bit trickier!). It will also take you through how to solve quadratic equations after factorising them. There are some example questions for you to measure your progress. Answers are also provided for you to check your understanding.

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