**Q: **Is algebra the study of mathematical symbols and the rules for manipulating these symbols? ¶

**A: **Yes, it is a unifying thread of almost all of mathematics.

**Q: **Is algebra also used in certain specialized ways? ¶

**A: **Yes.

**Q: **Is algebra called elementary algebra? ¶

**A: **Yes, and the more abstract parts are called abstract algebra or modern algebra.

**Q: **Is algebra one example? ¶

**A: **Yes.

**Q: **Is algebra the factorization of polynomials? ¶

**A: **Yes, and that is, expressing a given polynomial as a product of other polynomials that can not be factored any further, and the computation of polynomial greatest common divisors.

**Q: **Is algebra called an "algebra"? ¶

**A: **Yes, and the word is used, for example, in the phrases linear algebra and algebraic topology.

**Q: **Is algebra the most basic form of algebra? ¶

**A: **Yes.

**Q: **Is algebra the study of commutative rings? ¶

**A: **Yes, and which are commutative algebras over the integers.

**Q: **Is algebra identified with the theory of equations? ¶

**A: **Yes, and the Greek mathematician Diophantus has traditionally been known as the "father of algebra" but in more recent times there is much debate over whether al-Khwarizmi, who founded the discipline of al-jabr, deserves that title instead.

**Q: **Is algebra a major area in advanced mathematics? ¶

**A: **Yes, and studied primarily by professional mathematicians.

**Q: **Is algebra also used extensively in 11-Number theory and 14-Algebraic geometry? ¶

**A: **Yes.

**Q: **Is algebra generally considered to be essential for any study of mathematics? ¶

**A: **Yes, and science, or engineering, as well as such applications as medicine and economics.

**Q: **Was algebra extended to other non-numerical objects? ¶

**A: **Yes, and such as vectors, matrices, and polynomials.

**Q: **Was algebra developed in the 19th century? ¶

**A: **Yes, and deriving from the interest in solving equations, initially focusing on what is now called Galois theory, and on constructibility issues.

**Q: **Was algebra further developed? ¶

**A: **Yes.

**Q: **Is algebra called an algebraist? ¶

**A: **Yes.

**Q: **Was algebra the general algebraic solution of the cubic and quartic equations? ¶

**A: **Yes, and developed in the mid-16th century.