**Mat 116 Week 1 Discussion Question 1**

Post your responses to the following:

What is the difference between an equation and an expression? Include an example of

each.

Can you solve for a variable in an expression? Explain your answer.

Can you solve for a variable in an equation? Explain your answer.

Write a mathematicaphrase or sentence for your classmates to translate.Translate your

classmates’ phrases or sentences and explain what clues indicate that the problems are

either expressions or equations.

Respond to classmates who have responded to your sentence or phrase and indicate

whether or not they correctly translated the problem. Ask clarifying questions if you need more explanation, or help students who seem to struggle with the concept

**Mat 116 Week 1 Discussion Question 2**

Post your responses to the following:

• What are the steps of the order of operations?

• Why is it important that you follow the steps rather than solve the problem from left to right?

• Write an expression for your classmates to simplify using at least three of the following:

_ Groupings (parenthesis, brackets, or braces)

_ Exponents

_ Multiplication or division

_ Addition or subtraction

Consider participating in the discussion by simplifying a classmate’s expression, showinghow the expression would be incorrectly simplified if computed from left to right, or challenging the class with a complicated expression. Respond to your initial post and provide your classmates with the answer to your expression.