# What is Algebra? Important Formulas

Algebra is a branch of Mathematics that substitutes letters for numbers. An algebraic equation depicts a scale, what is done on one side of the scale with a number is also done to either side of the scale. The numbers are constants. Algebra also includes real numbers, complex numbers, matrices, vectors and much more.

### Important Formulas in Algebra

Here is a list of Algebraic formulas

• a2 – b2 = (a – b)(a + b)
• (a+b)2 = a2 + 2ab + b2
• a2 + b2 = (a + b)2 – 2ab
• (a – b)2 = a2 – 2ab + b2
• (a + b + c)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 + 2ab + 2bc + 2ca
• (a – b – c)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 – 2ab + 2bc – 2ca
• (a + b)3 = a3 + 3a2b + 3ab2 + b3 ; (a + b)3 = a3 + b3 + 3ab(a + b)
• (a – b)3 = a3 – 3a2b + 3ab2 – b3
• a3 – b3 = (a – b)(a2 + ab + b2)
• a3 + b3 = (a + b)(a2 – ab + b2)
• (a + b)3 = a3 + 3a2b + 3ab2 + b3
• (a – b)3 = a3 – 3a2b + 3ab2 – b3
• (a + b)4 = a4 + 4a3b + 6a2b2 + 4ab3 + b4)
• (a – b)4 = a4 – 4a3b + 6a2b2 – 4ab3 + b4)
• a4 – b4 = (a – b)(a + b)(a2 + b2)
• a5 – b5 = (a – b)(a4 + a3b + a2b2 + ab3 + b4)
• If n is a natural number an – bn = (a – b)(an-1 + an-2b+…+ bn-2a + bn-1)
• If n is even (n = 2k), an + bn = (a + b)(an-1 – an-2b +…+ bn-2a – bn-1)
• If n is odd (n = 2k + 1), an + bn = (a + b)(an-1 – an-2b +…- bn-2a + bn-1)
• (a + b + c + …)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 + … + 2(ab + ac + bc + ….)
• Laws of Exponents (am)(an) = am+n ; (ab)m = amb; (am)n = amn
• Roots of Quadratic Equation
• Δ = b2 − 4ac is called the discrimination
• For real and distinct roots, Δ > 0
• For real and coincident roots, Δ = 0
• For non-real roots, Δ < 0
• If α and β are the two roots of the equation ax2 + bx + c then, α + β = (-b / a) and α × β = (c / a).
• If the roots of a quadratic equation are α and β, the equation will be (x − α)(x − β) = 0
• Factorials
• n! = (1).(2).(3)…..(n − 1).n
• n! = n(n − 1)! = n(n − 1)(n − 2)! = ….
• 0! = 1.