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# Introduction to Algebra Variables Expressions Equations Solution of an equation Simplifying equations Combining like terms Simplifying with addition

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Variables
A variable is a symbol that represents a number. Usually we use letters such as n, t, or x for variables. For example, we might say that s stands for the side-length of a square. We now treat s as if it were a number we could use. The perimeter of the square is given by 4 × s. The area of the square is given by s × s. When working with variables, it can be helpful to use a letter that will remind you of what the variable stands for: let n be the number of people in a movie theater; let t be the time it takes to travel somewhere; let d be the distance from my house to the park.

Expressions :An expression is a mathematical term or a sum or difference of mathematical terms that may use numbers, variables, or both.

Example: The following are examples of expressions: 2x 3+7 2×y+5 2 + 6 × (4 - 2) z + 3 × (8 - z) Example: Roland weighs 70 kilograms, and Mark weighs k kilograms. Write an expression for their combined weight. The combined weight in kilograms of these two people is the sum of their weights, which is 70 + k. Example:

A car travels down the freeway at 55 kilometers per hour. Write an expression for the distance the car will have traveled after h hours. Distance equals rate times time, so the distance traveled is equal to 55 × h..
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There are 2000 liters of water in a swimming pool. Water is filling the pool at the rate of 100 liters per minute. Write an expression for the amount of water, in liters, in the swimming pool after m minutes. The amount of water added to the pool after m minutes will be 100 liters per minute times m, or 100 × m. Since we started with 2000 liters of water in the pool, we add this to the amount of water added to the pool to get the expression 100 × m + 2000.

To evaluate an expression at some number means we replace a variable in an expression with the number, and simplify the expression. Example: Evaluate the expression 4 × z + 12 when z = 15. We replace each occurrence of z with the number 15, and simplify using the usual rules: parentheses first, then exponents, multiplication and division, then addition and subtraction. 4 × z + 12 becomes 4 × 15 + 12 = 60 + 12 = 72 Example: Evaluate the expression (1 + z) × 2 + 12 ÷ 3 - z when z = 4. We replace each occurrence of z with the number 4, and simplify using the usual rules: parentheses first, then exponents, multiplication and division, then addition and subtraction.

(1 + z) × 2 + 12 ÷ 3 - z becomes (1 + 4) × 2 + 12 ÷ 3 - 4 = 5 × 2 + 12 ÷ 3 - 4 = 10 + 4 - 4 = 10.

Equations
An equation is a statement that two numbers or expressions are equal. Equations are useful for relating variables and numbers. Many word problems can easily be written down as equations with a little practice. Many simple rules exist for simplifying equations. Example: The following are examples of equations: 2=2 17 = 2 + 15 x=7 7=x t+3=8 3 × n +12 = 100 w + 4 = 12 - w y - 1 - 2 - 9.3 = 34 3 × (d + 4) - 11 = 321 - 23 Example: Translate the following word problem into an equation: My age in years y plus 20 is equal to four times my age, minus 10. The first expression stands for "my age in years plus 20", which is y + 20.

Setting these two expressions equal to one another gives us the equation: y + 20 = 4 × y .6) = 30 . minus 10". for replacing each occurrence of y with 3 gives us 4 × 3 + 7 = 19 ==> 12 + 7 = 19 ==> 19 = 19 which is true.40 = 10 z = 12 is a solution to the equation 5 × (z .10. we get 4 × 10 + 7 = 19 ==> 40 + 7 = 19 ==> 47 = 19 not true! Counterexamples: x = 200 is NOT a solution to the equation x ÷ 2 . Example: We say y = 3 is a solution to the equation 4 × y + 7 = 19. When we replace each y with 10.40 = 10 z = 20 is NOT a solution to the equation 5 × (z . which is 4 × y . the solution to the equation is the number that makes the equation true when we replace the variable with its value.6) = 30 Counterexample: y = 10 is NOT a solution to the equation 4 × y + 7 = 19. Examples: x = 100 is a solution to the equation x ÷ 2 .This is equal to the second expression for "four times my age.10 Solution of an Equation When an equation has a variable.

additions. exponents. Solve x . divisions. 2) You may combine like terms. Replacing the -12 with a +(-12). multiplications. and subtractions in the usual order of operations. 3) You may add any value to both sides of the equation.Simplifying Equations To find a solution for an equation. we get x + (-12) + 20 = 37. This means adding or subtracting variables of the same kind.7 + 3 simplifies to 9. The expression 2x + 4x simplifies to 6x. Example: This problem illustrates grouping like terms and dealing with subtraction in an equation. This is best done by adding a negative value to each side of the equation. be careful to use the associative and distributive properties properly. These are as follows: 1) You may evaluate any parentheses. the two like terms (the integers) may be combined. Hint: Since subtracting any number is the same as adding its negative. we can use the basic rules of simplifying equations. 4) You may subtract any value from both sides of the equation. 6) You may divide both sides of the equation by any number except 0. Since addition is associative.12 + 20 = 37. The expression 13 . When evaluating expressions. 5) You may multiply both sides of the equation by any number except 0. it can be helpful to replace subtractions with additions of a negative number. (12) + 20 = 8 The left side of the equation becomes .

(we will actually add a -8 to each side).x + 8 = 37. x + 8 + (-8) = 37 + (-8) x + 0 = 29 x = 29 We can check this solution in the original equation: 29 . Now we may subtract 8 from each side of the equation. Using the distributive property. 2 × x + 2 × 5 ==> to 2x + 10. Carrying out multiplications. Example: This problem illustrates the proper use of the distributive property.12 + 20 = 37x + 0 = 29 17 + 20 = 37 37 = 37 so our solution is correct. Solve 2 × (x + 1 + 4) = 20. 2 × (x + 5) ==> 2 × x + 2 × 5. the left side of the equation becomes 2 × (x + 1 + 4) ==> 2 × (x + 5). Grouping like terms in the parentheses. Subtracting a 10 (adding a -10) to each side gives us 2x + 10 + (-10) = 20 + (-10) ==> . The equation now becomes 2x + 10 = 20.

12. so the expression 2 + 7x + 12 .5 = 14 .5 simplifies to 9 + 4x. we have 7x . Combining the numeric like terms. we divide both sides by 2 to solve for x: 2x = 10 ==> 2x ÷ 2 = 10 ÷ 2 ==> (2x)/2 = 5 ==> x = 5. Combining like terms One of the most common ways to simplify an expression is to combine like terms.2x + (10 + (-10)) = 20 .5 = 9. and all the numeric terms on the other.10 ==> 2x + 0 = 10 ==> 2x = 10.5. Example: Consider the expression 2 + 7x + 12 .3x . Since the x is multiplied by 2.3x = 4x. The numeric like terms are the numbers 2. and any terms with the same variable part may be combined. Numeric terms may be combined. we have 2 + 12 . . The variable like terms are 7x and 3x. Combining the variable like terms.3x . Simplifying with addition and subtraction We can use addition and subtraction to get all the terms with variables on one side of an equation. and 5. We can check this solution in the original equation: 2 × (5 + 1 + 4) = 20 ==> 2 × 10 = 20 ==> 20 = 20 so our solution is correct.

We usually do this after simplifying each side using the distributive rules. 8 + z . eliminating parentheses. the 200 and -200 will cancel each other: 7y + (-200) + 200 = 10 + 200 ==> 7y = 210.z + z ==> 8 + z = 20. and a number on the other. 21 = y. it can be helpful to add a negative number to each side instead of subtracting to avoid mistakes. For the equation 8 = 20 . we can add z to both sides to get 8 + z = 20 . subtracting the 200 on the left side is the same as adding a -200: 7y + (-200) = 10. If we add 200 to both sides of the equation. 21 = 30 .4 = 12 .y.8 ==> z = 12.200 = 10. and z/12 = 24 each have a variable term on one side of the = sign. For the equation 7y . and combining like terms.8 = 20 . The equations x + 3 = 12.4 ==> 3x = 8. Now subtracting 8 from both sides. and (z + 2) × 4 = 10 do not. Simplfying by multiplication . Since addition is associative. so we get a solution for z.z. we can isolate the variable term on the left by subtracting a 4 from both sides: 3x + 4 . Examples: For the equation 3x + 4 = 12.The equations 3x = 17.

When a variable is multiplied by some number. we can use division on both sides to solve for the variable. Note that dividing by 7 is the same as multiplying both sides by 1/7. we can divide both sides by 7 to solve for x: 7x ÷ 7 = 133 ÷ 7 ==> (7x)/7 = 133 ÷ 7 ==> x/1 = 19 ==> x = 19.When solving for a variable. we want to get a solution like x = 3 or z = 2001. we can use multiplication on both sides to solve for the variable. Multiplying both sides by 12 will cancel the 1/12 on the left side: x × 1/12 × 12 = 5 × 12 ==> x × 1 = 60 ==> x = 60. Since the x on the left side is being multiplied by 7. Simplifying by division When solving for a variable. Example: Solve for x in the equation x ÷ 12 = 5. the equation is the same as x × 1/12 = 5. Example: Solve for x in the equation 7x = 133. When a variable is divided by some number. we want to get a solution like x = 3 or z = 2001. Since the x on the left side is being divided by 12. Word problems as equations .

11 + y = 43 addition Sequences A sequence is a list of items.When converting word problems to equations. second. certain "key" words tell you what kind of operations to use: addition. A finite sequence is a list made up of a finite number of items. 15. third. y + 20 Eleven more than my age equals 43. Many useful lists have patterns so we know what items occur in each place in the list. An infinite sequence is a list that continues without end. 17. 19 is the sequence of the first 10 odd numbers. The sequence 1. Word Operation sum addition Example The sum of my age and 10 equals 27. There are 2 kinds of sequences. multiplication. fourth. and division.subtraction total addition = 22. Seven less than my age equals 32. As an equation y + 10 = 27 difference subtraction The difference between my age and my younger sister's age. and so on. 9. . 5. subtraction. who is 11 years old. is 5 years. y × 14 = 168 3 × y = 60 y . Examples: The following are examples of finite sequences. 11.7 = 32 times multiplication less than .11 = 5 product multiplication The product of my age and 14 is 168. The table below shows some common phrases and the operation to use. The total of my pocket change and 20 dollars is \$22. y .43. 3.43 more than Three times my age is 60. We can specify any item in the list by its place in the list: first. 7. 13.

The sequence 2. 2. m. The sequence m. . c. is the sequence of the letters a. repeating in this pattern forever. 12...The sequence a. The 100th place in this sequence is the number 200. 1. b. 0 is the sequence of 12 alternating 1's and 0's. 1. . 4. 4. 16. 10000 is the sequence of the first ten thousand integers. o. b. The sequence 0. a.. a. m is the sequence of 6 m's. 49 is the sequence of the squares of the first 8 whole numbers. Examples: The following are examples of infinite sequences. The sequence 1. 0.. 6. 16. b. 0. 10. m. m. . 36. 4.. 1. 0.. is the sequence of vowels in the alphabet. 9998. is the sequence of even whole numbers. 25. 14.. 9. a. 1. i. . c. 1. 9999. The sequence a. 0. c. c. u. b. 8. 3. 1. e. m. The sequence 1. b. 0.

2. 45. 8. 0. 4. then 2 zeros. The 101st place in this sequence is -101. 28. 0. 0. is the sequence of integers with alternating signs. The 105th place in this sequence is a 1. . 6.. -9. 10. 0. 1. 0. The sequence 1.. 0.The 100th place in this sequence is the letter a. The sequence -1.6 = 4 15 . -3. The sequence 1. 15. 0.. note the difference between pairs of numbers next to one another: 3-1=2 6-3=3 10 . 0. 21. 1. 1. then 3 zeros. 6.. -5. The 100th place in this sequence is a 0.10 = 5 21 . is a sequence of 1's separated by 1 zero. 0. The 100th place in this sequence is 100. The 300th place in this sequence is the letter c. 1... . The 10th place in this sequence is 10. -7. is the sequence of places the 1 occurs in the sequence of 1's and 0's above! If this sequence seems strange. and so on. 0. . 36.15 = 6 . 3.

i. a. o. . u. 7. 1. u. 1.21 = 7 Checking these differences makes the pattern clearer. e. b. 4. 2. 1/1. and each number in the list is 3 more than the number before it. is the repeating sequence of vowels in the alphabet. 1/6. 1. o.. . 1/3.. 1/7. 10. 25. 64. 1. 6. 9. The a's occur in odd-numbered places. 36. and the b's occur in the even-numbered places.. b. .. 1. 22. b. 1. 4. is the sequence of squares of the whole numbers. . e. 16. 19.. is the sequence of reciprocals of the whole numbers. Each item in the list is its place number in the list.28 . 5. 1. 1/4.. ... 1/2. a.. 1/5. 4. is the sequence where every item in the list is the number 1.. 1. Visit the Math League . 49. is the sequence of numbers beginning with the number 4. i. a. a. 25. a. 81. b. . is the sequence of counting numbers. e. a. 13. 7. . a.. 3.. 16. is the sequence of alternating letters a and b...

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Egypt As far as I understood it. I have always loved the 'small' compared to my brother who loves the 'big' as in Space and the Universe. I must admit to a smile when I read the title. I try and follow the latest news as much as I can.com/hub/Quantum-Physics--- I may rework that section though. really interesting. it reminded me of that classic sketch with sheldon (big bang) when he was trying to teach Penny about physics.dipless 12 days ago from Manchester Hub Author Sorry itw as a bit abstract. it is just an equations-trick! But it's amazing how a simple sentence that you put at the end of your article "Can you imagine a cat which is both dead and alive". made me know an interesting "thought" experiment as Schrodinger's cat! Good job! :) Nell Rose 12 days ago Level 8 Commenter Good old Schrodinger! lol! I love physics. You can see on my hub http://dipless. I was referring to Schrodingers famous thought experiment 'Schrodingers Cat'.hubpages. 'it was a warm summers evening in ancient greece'! lol! . Ibrahim Hany 12 days ago from Alexandria.

Mind blowing. minnesota Level 1 Commenter very fascinating! My favorite form of physics is quantum but I suppose that is a whole other ball game.Karmallama 12 days ago from minneapolis. @karmallama thanks for your comments. Again. thanks for commenting. Great job dipless 12 days ago from Manchester Hub Author @Nell indeed good old Schrodinger. indeed it is mine too. him and his crazy thoughts :p I too am rather partial to the quantum world as you have probably noted from my other hubs. but I have now. Haha oh yeah never made that connection. I love it when reality is stranger than fiction :) Green Lotus 11 days ago Level 6 Commenter I'm fascinated by Quantum Physics and seem to get my head around it quicker than I ever did with vanilla Physics back when I was in school! Schrodinger's cat is a bit of a quandary until you accept the fact (?) that nothing really exists until we observe it. dipless 11 days ago from Manchester Hub Author .

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The value of each variable must remain the same in each problem. The idea is that an equation represents a scale such as the one shown on the right. These symbols are listed and explained below. For example the number 47 always represents 47 units or 47 multiplied by an unknown number. numbers. unlike arithmetic which is based entirely on known number values. Algebra is based on the concept of unknown values called variables. These numbers are called constants because they constantly have the same value. NY \$45/hr Powered by WyzAnt Tutors Basics of Algebra Algebra is a division of mathematics designed to help solve certain types of problems quicker and easier. This lesson introduces an important algebraic concept known as the Equation. It never represents another value. or constants are used. The equation may also be balanced by a device called a variable. A variable is an an unknown number represented by any letter in the alphabet (often x).Leonard T. ??? Multiply * / Multiply Divide . New York. Several symbols are used to relate all of the variables and constants together. Instead of keeping the scale balanced with weights.

16 to find that __ equals 14. In this problem __ stood for an unknown number. This equation is similar to problems which you may have done in ordinary mathematics such as: __ + 16 = 30 You could easily guess that __ equals 14 or do 30 . in an equation we use variables. or any letter in the alphabet. When written algebraically the problem would be: x + 16 = 30 and the answer should be written: .+ - Add or Positive Subtract or Negative () Calculate what is inside of the parentheses first. (also called grouping symbols) Basics of the Equation The diagram on the right shows a basic equation.

x + 45 Subtract 45 from each side Result-22 = 2x Switch the left and right sides of the equation 2x = -22 This means that the unknown number multiplied by two. Solving Equations Take a look at the equation below. Since the weight(amount of pennies) on both sides of the scale are still equal and the unknown amount is alone. Initial Equation / Problem x + 23 = 3x + 45 Subtract x from each side Result23 = 2x + 45 23 . multiplication. remove 23 pennies from each side of the scale. equals -22. therefore.x = 14 Solving Equations These equations can be solved relatively easy and without any formal method. you will want an easier way to solve them.45 x .45 = 2x + 45 . as you use equations to solve more complex problems. we know that there must be an equal amount of weight on each side. This action keeps the scale balanced and isolates the unknown amount. As long as the same operation (addition. On the right side there are 45 pennies and on the left side are 23 pennies and an unknown amount of pennies. use the process "dividing by the coefficient" described on the next page. To find the value of x. it will remain balanced. subtraction. you are still left with 2x on one side. But. . etc.x + 23 = 3x . after the variable is subtracted from the left and the constants are subtracted from the right. we now know that the unknown amount of pennies on the left side is the same as the remaining amount (22 pennies) on the right side.) is done to both sides of the scale. To find the unknown amount of pennies of the left side. As you can see. Pretend you have a scale like the one shown. The scale is balanced.

Equation Basics Worksheet Enter an answer in each box. You may also check your answers manually by referring to the Answer Sheet.24x x -x 1 -1 2 0. then it has an implied coefficient of -1. then it has an implied coefficient of 1. click the " step-by-step" link for an in depth solution. In this equation. Some additional examples of coefficients: Term Coefficient of x 2x 0.Identifying and Using Coefficients The coefficient of a variable is the number which the variable is being multiplied by.24 Note that in the last two examples. S1 x+1=9 x= step-by-step . the following rules are applied If the variable has no visible coefficient. If you need assistance with a particular problem. 2 is the coefficient of x because 2x is present in the equation. If the variable only has a negative sign. then click the "Check Worksheet" button at the bottom of the page to automatically check each answer.

-3 + 2x = 11 x= 12. 12 = -1x + 1 x= 7. x + -6 = 9 x= 3 . x + 3 = 5 x= 2. 46 = 47 + -1x x= 6. 29 + -1x = 13 x= 5. 14 = -2x x= 11. 2x = 10 x= 9. -32 = x + 3 x= 4.1.4x + 6 = -10 . 4x = 16 x= 8. 10x = 130 x= 10.

-10x + -19 = 19 + -8x x= Prime Numbers Chart . 15 + 5x = 0 x= 17. -1x + -1 = 221 + 2x x= 16.x + 9 = 18 + -2x x= 14. 17x + -12 = 114 + 3x x= 18.x= 13. 12x + 0 = 144 x= 20. 2x + 6 = 4x + -2 x= 15. 2x + -10 = 10 + -3x x= 19.

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