Trident University International Mod 1 Expression and Equation Scenarios

Think about a scenario when you would use an expression and an equationin a real life application. Discuss each scenario and explain how towrite the expression and equation.

Create two sample equations for your peers to solve.

Module 1 Notes

Simplify and evaluate expressions
Solve equations
Use and apply the order of operations
Use and apply the distributive property
Translate statements into algebra
Identify variables, coefficients, and constants
Combine like terms
Expressions and Equations
The main difference between expressions and equations is that an expression does not
have an = sign and an equation has one. An expression is an incomplete thought, and
thus we can simplify it. An equation will produce a final answer, such as x=5, and thus
we can solve it.
Variables- letters that represent a value (examples: x, y, z, a, b, c, etc.)
Coefficients- the number that is in front of a variable (examples: 3x, 2×2)
Constants- numerical values (examples: 2, 3, 4, etc.)
This expression contains 3 terms: 2×2, -4x, and 3. The coefficients are 2 and -4. The
variable terms are x2 and x. The constant is 3.
Simplifying an expression example:
5x-4y+8x-2y-7 Circle, highlight, or identify the like terms to combine
Combine like terms (x’s)
Combine like terms (y’s)
Final answer, note that -7 is a constant and does not have another term
to combine in this problem
Evaluating an expression example:
Let x= -3 and y= 6
7y – 4x
7(6) – 4(-3)
Substitute the values for the appropriate variables
Perform the necessary operations (recall that two negatives make a
Combine like terms
Like Terms
Within an expression, we have what are called like terms. These are terms, which have
‘the same last name’, and thus can be combined.
Here the 2x and -5x are like terms. Don’t forget the -, it is a big deal. The term ‘owns’
the sign in front of it.
Combine the terms together, 2x-5x= -3x
The 3 is a number (constant) and cannot be added to the -3x.
Therefore, the answer is -3x+3
Order of Operations
Another important topic that is covered in this module is the order of operations. This is
a very important concept to master, because if you aren’t working the order of
operations correctly, you may continue to struggle with the rest of the math topics.
There are several mnemonics which you may have heard for the order of operations.
PEMDAS and Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally are a couple of those. These are
ways to remember the proper order to simplify expressions.
P = Parentheses or any other grouping symbol, within each set of grouping symbols you
must also use the order of operations and work from the inside to the outside
E = Exponents as well as any roots
M = Multiplication and D = Division. IMPORTANT NOTE: These are equal level
operations and are always worked from left to right.
A = Addition and S = Subtraction. Again, these are equal level operations and are
worked in order from left to right.
Perform the operations in the parenthesis first
Simplify the exponents
Multiply the terms
The Order of Operations is like a recipe that must be followed. You can’t bake a cake
before you have mixed together your ingredients, so you want to make sure that you
follow the order correctly.
The Distributive Property
a * (b+c) = ab + ac
When applying the distributive property, multiply the number outside of the parentheses
to everything inside the parentheses paying attention to the signs.
9(1) + 9(6)
3(x) + 3(2y)
Absolute Value
Any number within the absolute value brackets | | will be positive. Be careful when a
negative number is outside the bracket.
|-4|= 4
|5|= 5
|-1-5|= 6
-|5|= -5
The negative is applied after the absolute value due to the order of operations.
It is the same as multiplying -1 * 5.
-|-7|= -7 The same rule above is applied here. Multiply the negative after the absolute
value is simplified.
In algebra, we can take a written statement and convert it into an algebraic
expression/equation or vice versa, convert an expression/equation into a statement.
There are some key words to look out for which signify the different operations. With
addition and multiplication, the order is less important. However, the order needs to be
correct with subtraction and division.
Words that indicate operations
Addition (+)
sum, plus, more than, increased by, added to
Subtraction (-)
minus, less than, decreased by, from, difference, take away
Multiplication (*)
product, times, of, by
Division (÷)
divided, quotient, into, per
Equal (=)
The sum of y and 3, divided by 8
The product of x and 5 more than x
The product of 4 and the quantity of c and d
The product of z and 8 less than y
The result of p-q, divided by 2
Solving Equations
In an equation, you want to solve for the variable by isolating it. First move the numbers
to one side using inverse (opposite) operations. The next step is to multiply or divide to
get the variable alone. What is done to one side, do to the other to keep it balanced.
2x-4=10 Add 4 to both sides
+4 +4
/2 /2
Divide by 2
✓ Check it…Plug the answer back in the problem.
Both sides must equal.
Steps for Solving Equations
1. Remove parenthesis, if any
2. Combine like terms on each side of the equation
3. Move the variables on one side of the equation and the numbers on the other
side using the addition or subtraction properties of equality (inverse operations)
4. Combine like terms
5. Use the multiplication or division property of equality to solve for the variable
6. Check your answer by plugging it back into the original equation
Types of Solutions
Conditional equation- an equation that is satisfied by at least one real number but not
an identity
Identity- an equation where every real number is a solution
Inconsistent equation- an equation with no solution

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