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mentorPaul M Watt27-May-15 5:41 
Does he know algebra?
What exactly would you like to explain?

Variables are an abstraction for a model that we use in math, programming and other things.
Talking about A and B allow us to think in general (abstract) terms.

I think that was astute for him to ask why not just add 2+3 together if he doesn't understand the need for the abstraction.

I agree with Mark's line of explanation, use something tangible.

To tie the entire argument together, where does the answer get stored?

If the equation is A+B=C, have a third bowl labeled C, place the bowls A and B inside of C.
How many oranges are in C.

A is still equal to 2
B is still equal to 3
C is now equal to 5

And no laws of physics had to be broken to magically produce 5 new oranges just to assign the answer to C.

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