SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Students at Willamette University are hoping to make algebra easier for high school and middle school students. With that in mind, the Statesman Journal reports that Willamette students have developed iPad apps to help younger students crack the code of algebra.

Willamette's program is part of a joint effort with Western Oregon University, George Fox University and Pacific University to increase student success in algebra. They received a $740,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create the Center for Algebraic Thinking.

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