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Al Jabr = Algebra

The word algebra comes from kitab wa al jabr wa al muqabalah.  This means “The Book of Shifting and Balancing” and is Al-Khwarizmi’s work describing six types of quadratic equations and their solutions.  He systematically collected and solved these problems in an algebraic manner, shifting terms from one side to the other and balancing terms on the collected side.  (1)

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