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Writing Expressions
- In order to translate a word phrase into an algebraic expression, you translate the words into numbers and operation symbols.
Operation | Key Words |
Addition | sum, add, plus, increased by, more than |
Subtraction | difference, subtract, minus, decreased by, less than |
Multiplication | product, multiplied by, times |
Division | quotient, divided by |
Writing Expressions
Duy is twice as old as his sister. Write an expression using Duy's age, D, to describe his sister's age, S.
- Let D = Duy's age. Let S = his sister's age.
D = 2S
A kiwi costs 95 more cents than a lemon. Write an expression using the cost of the kiwi, K, to describe the cost of the lemon, L.
- Let K = cost of the kiwi. Let L = the cost of the lemon.
K = L + 95
David's age is three times 7 less than Michelle's age. Write an expression describing David's age, D, in relation to Michelle's, M.
- Let D = David's age . Let M = Michelle's age.
D = 3(M − 7)
Write an expression for the number of months in x years.
- In 1 year, there are 12 months.
- In x years, there are 12x months.
12x
Write an expression for the number of hours in y days.
- In 1 day, there are 24 hours.
- In y days, there are 24y hours.
4y
Write an expression for the number of seconds in z minutes.
- In 1 minute, there are 60 seconds.
- In z minutes, there are 60z seconds.
60z
Tiffany buys apples for her 9 siblings. They decide to split the number of apples equally. If A = number of apples Tiffany bought, how many apples do each of her siblings get?
- Let A = total number of apples.
- There are 9 siblings, so each sibling gets [A/9] apples.
[A/9] apples
Eric bought granola bars for his 4 coworkers and gives each coworker an equal amount of granola bars. If g = number of granola bars Eric got, how many granola bars did each coworker receive?
- Let g = number of granola bars.
- There are 4 coworkers, so each coworker gets [g/4] granola bars.
[g/4] granola bars
Write an expression for the number of dogs, d, plus 7 cats.
d + 7
Write an expression for the number of m men minus 11 women.
m − 11
*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.
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Writing Expressions
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- Intro 0:00
- What You'll Learn and Why 0:05
- Topics Overview
- Vocabulary 0:15
- Addition
- Subtraction
- Multiplication
- Division
- Translating Words to Expressions 3:02
- Example: 9 Less than Twice a Number
- Writing an Algebraic Expression 3:58
- Example: Cost of Bowling
- Extra Example 1: Writing Expressions 5:14
- Extra Example 2: Writing Expressions 6:06
- Extra Example 3: Writing Expressions 7:11
- Extra Example 4: Writing Expressions 7:58
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Post by Professor Fung on July 23, 2014
The answer should be, "24y."
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Post by Dan Brandenburg on July 19, 2014
Q. Write an expression for the number of hours in y days.
You have the answer as 4y....should be 24y, right?
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Post by Kendal Coombs on December 22, 2013
Write an expression for the number of hours in y days. when you click answer it says 4y. using your method it came out to be 24y. why did you put 4y?
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Post by Mark Andrews on August 16, 2013
Write an expression for the number of days in w weeks.
I was wondering if it would be better to write a statement that 7d = 1w to quantify how many days there are in the week. Then have the coefficient for W describing how many weeks there are.
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Last reply by: Professor Fung
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:47 AM
Post by Giliana Levis on April 15, 2013
The practice question (5) about the hours and days's answer is wrong.
It's 24y isn't it?
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Post by Professor Fung on September 14, 2012
it is: 75 + 2(m-30) if m is greater than or equal 30
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Post by michelle morris on September 13, 2012
I have a question? on my math paper it says a plumber charges $75 for the first 30 minutes of each house call plus $2 for each additional minute that she works. ( we have to translate word problems for math)
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Last reply by: Professor Fung
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:11 PM
Post by Jesse Ogwal on July 24, 2012
If you notice, she mad a spelling mistake on Extra Example III. :)