Why should you work hard to learn algebra when the type of problems in this course are not likely to be done in your life?
Gini Coefficient http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient
1950 Thousand Cubic Meters per year per capita Fig. 28. Water availability by natural-economic regions of the world: 1950 - 2025. 2010
Climate Change http://www.global-greenhouse-warming.com/graphs-diagrams-of-global-warming-and-climate.html
This generation needs to understand the current situation and develop solutions. This requires mathematical knowledge of which Algebra is the base.
Other, more personal motivators • You chose to attend college to gain knowledge. • The ability to reason quantitatively is critical in our technological world. • Getting a job to support your family is very competitive. What would make someone hire a person with insufficient mathematical skills or work ethic when there are plenty of people with the skills and willingness to work?
Other, more personal motivators • Algebra skills are assumed knowledge in college math classes. • Consider that if you don’t work hard and learn the concepts this time, you will have to pay for the class again and eventually work hard enough to be successful anyway.