For me, it was extremely difficult for the two years I spent learning Algebra 1. I'm in Geometry now and it's a little easier, but almost the same concept. Next year, I'll have to do Algebra 2, which I am NOT looking forward to.
Not if you learned the prerequisites. Essentially, did you learn what you should have in your lower level math classes? It sounds like you did. Don't sweat it. Pay attention, and study. Most importantly, dont be afraid to ask questions. If you don't understand something, ASK. You are in a place of learning, questions are expected, as it should be.
Keep up the good work.
Personally, I ask questions questions all the time, and enjoy it very much.
Algebra is not hard but most teachers and text books make it a nightmare... it should start as fun and puzzles and move to number patterns and interesting equations like motion, finance and measurement.. instead its taught as meaningless bunches of letters and many students' maths careers end with yr8 algebra and negative numbers. I'm a maths teacher.
Algebra is kind of hard when you are learning new concepts, but after you get the hang of it it's really not as hard as others say it is. No matter how hard it seems, study hard and try your best to understand it; you will need it later on. I am taking Geometry, and basically everything is based on what I learned last year in Algebra. That's the thing about math classes, they build on what you have learned in the past.