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### Expressions and Formulas

- When evaluating an expression, follow the standard order of operations: first calculate exponents, then multiply and divide from left to right, then add and subtract from left to right. BUT: parentheses always override the standard rules. Always work within parentheses first.
- Review and understand the key terms: variable, expression, monomial, constant, coefficient, polynomial, term, like terms, binomial, trinomial.

### Expressions and Formulas

^{3}− 2x

^{2}− xy when x = − 1 and y = − 2

- Subsitute x = − 1 and y = − 2 into the expression. Use parenthesis.
- ( − 1)
^{3}− 2( − 1)^{2}− ( − 1)( − 2) - Follow the order of operations. Exponents First.
- − 1 − 2(1) − ( − 1)( − 2)
- Followed by multiplication
- − 1 − 2 − 2
- Add the three negative numbers to find your solution.

^{2}+ 3x − 3)/(y

^{2}− 2z)] when x = − 2, y = 3 and z = 1

- Substitute x = − 2, y = 3 and z = 1 into the equation. Remember, always use parehtnesis
- [(( − 2)
^{2}+ 3( − 2) − 3)/(3^{2}− 2(1))] - Now do exponents first. Followed by multiplication.
- [(4 + 3( − 2) − 3)/(9 − 2(1))]
- Now multiply any necessary terms.
- [(4 − 6 − 3)/(9 − 2)]
- Simplify the numerator and denominator

^{2}+ 3x + 3 as monomial, binomial or trinomial and state the power of each term.

- The polynomial 3x
^{2}+ 3x + 3 is a trinomial because it has 3 terms. - The power of the first term = 2
- The power of the second term = 1

^{0}= 3.

^{2}y

^{3}z

^{5}as monomial, binomial or trinomial and state the power of each term.

- The polynomial − [3/5]x
^{2}y^{3}z^{5}is a monomial because it only has one term.

^{2}− 25 as monomial, binomial or trinomial and state the power of each term.

- The polynomial x
^{2}− 25 is a binomial because there are 2 terms. - The power of the first term = 2.

^{2}+ 64t tells you the height of the ball from the air after t seconds. How far is the ball from the ground after 2 seconds?

- Given the equation for height, substitute t = 2 for t.
- h = − 16(2)
^{2}+ 64(2) = − 16(4) + 128 = − 64 + 128 = 64

^{2}− 1]

^{2}

- We begin by taking care of the parenthesis (5 − 2) resulting in 3
- [3 + 2(3)
^{2}− 1]^{2} - Next, take care of the exponents inside the brackets.
- [3 + 2*9 − 1]
^{2} - Next, multiply inside the parenthesis
- [3 + 18 − 1]
^{2} - Next, add from left to right
- [20]
^{2} - Lastly, raise 20 to the second power

^{2}) − 2)

- Here there several nested parenthesis. To get started, simplify the inner parenthesis (3 − 2) and work your way outwards.
- 3(2 + (3 − (2)
^{2}) − 2) - Get rid of the exponent
- 3(2 + (3 − 4) − 2)
- Evaluate the inner parenthesis once again
- 3(2 − 1 − 2)
- Evaluate the last parenthesis.

^{5}+ x

^{3}+ 1 when x = − 1 . What do you notice about the result?

- Subsitute x = − 1 into the polynomial
- ( − 1)
^{5}+ ( − 1)^{3}+ 1 = ( − 1) + ( − 1) + 1 = − 1

^{4}+ x

^{2}+ 1 when x = − 1 . What do you notice about the result?

- Subsitute x = − 1 into the polynomial.
- ( − 1)
^{4}+ ( − 1)^{2}+ 1 = (1) + (1) + 1 = 3

*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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### Expressions and Formulas

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- Intro
- Order of Operations
- Variable
- Algebraic Expression
- Term
- Example: Algebraic Expression
- Evaluate Inside Grouping Symbols
- Evaluate Powers
- Multiply/Divide Left to Right
- Add/Subtract Left to Right
- Monomials
- Polynomials
- Formulas
- Example 1: Evaluate the Algebraic Expression
- Example 2: Evaluate the Algebraic Expression
- Example 3: Area of a Triangle
- Example 4: Fahrenheit to Celsius

- Intro 0:00
- Order of Operations 0:19
- Variable
- Algebraic Expression
- Term
- Example: Algebraic Expression
- Evaluate Inside Grouping Symbols
- Evaluate Powers
- Multiply/Divide Left to Right
- Add/Subtract Left to Right
- Monomials 4:40
- Examples of Monomials
- Constant
- Coefficient
- Degree
- Power
- Polynomials 8:02
- Examples of Polynomials
- Binomials, Trinomials, Monomials
- Term
- Like Terms
- Formulas 11:00
- Example: Pythagorean Theorem
- Example 1: Evaluate the Algebraic Expression 11:50
- Example 2: Evaluate the Algebraic Expression 14:38
- Example 3: Area of a Triangle 19:11
- Example 4: Fahrenheit to Celsius 20:41

### Algebra 2

### Transcription: Expressions and Formulas

*Welcome to Educator.com.*0000

*Today is our first lesson for the Algebra II series, and we are going to start out with some review of concepts from Algebra I.*0002

*If you need more detail about any of these concepts, please check out the Algebra I series here at Educator.*0008

*The first session is on expressions and formulas.*0014

*Recall the earlier concepts of variables and algebraic expressions:*0020

*starting out with some definitions, a variable is a letter or symbol that is used to represent an unknown number.*0025

*It could be any letter; frequently, x, y, and z are used, but you could choose n or s or w.*0034

* Algebraic expressions means that terms using both variables and numbers are combined using arithmetic operations.*0045

*Remember that a term is a number, or a variable, or both.*0057

*So, a term could be 4--that is a constant, and it is a term; it could be 2x; it could be y ^{2}.*0065

*And when these are combined using arithmetic operations, then they are known as expressions.*0076

*And when variables are involved, then they are algebraic expressions.*0082

*For example, 4x ^{3}+2xy-1 would be an example of an algebraic expression.*0085

*The rules specifying order of operations are very important; and they are used in order to evaluate algebraic expressions.*0097

*Recall the procedure to evaluate an expression using the order of operations.*0107

*First, evaluate expressions that are inside grouping symbols: examples would be parentheses, braces, and brackets.*0116

*The next thing, when you are evaluating an algebraic expression, is to evaluate powers.*0151

*So, if a term is raised to a power (such as 4 ^{2} or 3^{4}), you need to evaluate that next; that is the second step.*0160

*Next is to multiply and divide, going from left to right.*0175

*You start out at the left side of an expression; and if you hit something that needs to be divided, you do that.*0193

*And you proceed towards the right; if you see something that needs to be multiplied, you do that.*0198

*It is not "multiply all the way, and then go back and divide"; it is "start at the left; any multiplication or division--do it."*0203

*Move to the next step; move towards the right; multiply or divide...and so on, until all of that has been taken care of.*0208

*Finally, you do the same thing with addition and subtraction: you add and subtract from left to right.*0216

*And we will be illustrating these concepts in the examples.*0226

*One thing to recall is that a fraction bar can function as a grouping symbol.*0231

*For example, if I have something like 3x-2x+2, all over 4(x+3)+3, I would treat this as a grouping symbol.*0236

*And I would simplify this as far as I could, going through my four steps; and then I would simplify this;*0248

*and then I would divide this simplified expression on the top by the simplified expression on the bottom.*0253

*And remember, the reason that we use order of operations is that, if we didn't, and everybody was just doing things their own way,*0259

*we couldn't really communicate using math, because people would write something down,*0265

*and somebody might do it in a different order and come up with a different answer.*0269

*So, this way, it is an agreed-upon set of rules that everyone follows.*0273

*Monomials: a monomial is a product of a number and 0 or more variables.*0281

*Again, refreshing your memory from Algebra I: examples of a monomial would be 5y, 6xy ^{2}, z, 5.*0288

*So, it says it is a product of a number and zero or more variables.*0304

*Here, there aren't any variables, so that actually is simply a constant; but it is still called a monomial, also.*0307

*Here, I have 5 times one variable; here I have multiple variables.*0314

*This is examples of...these are all monomials.*0321

*A constant is simply a number; so, it could be -3 or 6 or 14; those are constants.*0328

*Coefficients: a coefficient is the number in front of the variable.*0346

*Up here, I said I had 5y and 6xy ^{2}: this is a coefficient: 5 is a coefficient, and 6 is a coefficient.*0363

*When you see something like z, it does have a coefficient: it actually has a coefficient of 1.*0372

*However, by convention, we usually don't write the 1--we just write it as z, but it actually does have a coefficient of 1.*0378

*Next, degree--the degree of a monomial: the degree of a monomial is the sum of the degrees of all of the variables.*0386

*So, it is the sum of the degree of all of the variables.*0394

*For example, 3xy ^{2}z^{4}: if I want to find the degree, I am going to add the degree of each variable.*0408

*This is x (but that really means x to the 1--the 1 is unstated) plus y ^{2} (the degree is 2), plus z^{4} (the degree is 4).*0418

*Adding these up, the degree for this monomial is 7.*0429

*When we talk about powers: powers refer to a number or variable being multiplied by itself n times, where n is the power.*0435

*For example, if I say that I have 5 ^{2}, what I am really saying is 5 times 5.*0447

*So, 5 is being multiplied by itself twice, where n equals 2.*0455

*I could say I have y ^{4}: that equals y times y times y times y; and here, the power is 4.*0461

*OK, continuing on with more concepts: a polynomial is a monomial or a sum of monomials.*0477

*Recall the concepts of term, like terms, binomial, and trinomial.*0485

*A polynomial is simply an expression in which the terms are monomials.*0492

*And we say "sum," but this applies to subtraction, as well--a polynomial can certainly involve subtraction.*0496

*For example, 4x ^{2}+x or 2y^{2}+3y+4: these are both polynomials.*0504

*We also could say that 5z is a polynomial, but it is also a monomial; there is only one term, so it is a polynomial, but we usually just say it is a monomial.*0519

*OK, so looking at these other words: a binomial is a polynomial that contains two terms.*0532

*So, it is the sum of two monomials, whereas the trinomial is the sum of three monomials.*0544

*A monomial is simply a single monomial.*0552

*Recall that, as discussed, a term is a number or a letter (which is a variable) or both, separated by a sign.*0561

*Terms could be a number; they could be a variable; or they could be both.*0572

*3x-7+z: here, I have a number and a variable; here, I just have a number (I have a constant); here, I just have a variable.*0582

*And they are separated by signs--by a negative sign and a positive sign--so each one of these is a term.*0594

*The concept of like terms is very important, because like terms can be added or subtracted.*0602

*Like terms contain the same variables to the same powers.*0609

*For example, 1 and 6 are like terms; they don't contain any variables, so they are like terms.*0626

*3xy and 4xy are like terms; they both contain an x to the first power and a y to the first power.*0636

*2y ^{2} and 8y^{2} are also like terms: they both contain a y raised to the second power.*0645

*And so, these can be combined: they can be added and subtracted.*0653

*A formula is an equation involving several variables (2 or more), and it describes a relationship among the quantities represented by the variables.*0661

*And we have worked with formulas previously: and just to review, one formula that we talked about is the Pythagorean Theorem.*0670

*That is a ^{2}+b^{2}=c^{2}, where c is the length*0678

*of the hypotenuse of a right triangle, and a and b are the lengths of the two sides.*0683

*And this tells us the relationship among the three sides of the triangle.*0689

*And that is really what formulas are all about, and really what algebra is all about: describing relationships between various things.*0697

*And of course, during this course, we are going to be working with various formulas.*0706

*OK, in this example, we are asked to simplify or evaluate an algebraic expression.*0711

*5x ^{2}...and they are telling me x=3, y=-3; so I have some x terms and some y terms.*0718

*My first step is to substitute: so, everywhere I have an x, I am putting in a 3; everywhere I have a y, I am putting in a -3.*0724

*So, here I have 3xy, so here it is going to be 3 times 3 times -3.*0736

*Recall the order of operations: the first thing I am going to do is to get rid of the grouping symbols.*0740

*Take care of the parentheses; and looking, I do have parentheses.*0746

*In here, I have a negative and a negative; so I am simplifying that just to positive 3.*0755

*OK, continuing to simplify inside the parentheses: 3 plus 3 is 6.*0766

*I completed my first step in the order of operations.*0775

*The next thing to do is evaluate powers; and I do have some terms that are raised to various powers.*0778

*3 ^{2} is 9, minus 2 times 6^{3}; so, 6 times 6 is 36, times 6 is 216.*0785

*That took care of my powers; and the next thing is going to be to multiply and divide.*0801

*And when we do that, we always proceed from left to right.*0807

*2 times 216 is 432; OK, now I have: 3 times 3 is 9; 9 times -3 is -27.*0812

*I am going to rewrite this as 9 minus 432 minus 27.*0825

*Finally, add and subtract; and this is going from left to right.*0830

*9 minus 432 gives me -423, minus 27 (so now I have another bit of subtraction to do--that is -423-27) gives me -450.*0839

*So again, the first step was substituting in 3 and -3 for x and y.*0854

*The next step was to get rid of my grouping symbols; evaluate the powers;*0860

*multiply and divide, going from left to right (and I just had multiplication here);*0867

*and then, add and subtract, going from left to right, to get -450.*0873

*In this second example, again, we are asked to evaluate an algebraic expression; and here, we have three variables: a, b, and c.*0879

*So, carefully substituting in each of these, a=-1...so -1 ^{2}, minus 2, times b (b is 2), times c (c is 3), plus 3^{3}.*0886

*Here, I have c ^{2} in the denominator; so that gives me 3^{2}, minus 2, times a (which is -1), times b (which is 2).*0907

*Since there was a lot of substituting, it is a good idea to check your work.*0918

*a is -1 (that is -1 ^{2}), minus 2, times b, times c, plus c^{3};*0923

*all of that is divided by 3 ^{2} (so that is c^{2}) minus 2, times a, times b.*0934

*Everything looks good; now, the first thing I want to do is eliminate grouping symbols.*0941

*Recall that, in this type of a case, the fraction bar is functioning as a grouping symbol.*0945

*So, the whole numerator should be simplified, and the denominator should be simplified; and then I should divide one by the other.*0951

*Starting with the numerator: within the numerator, there are not any grouping symbols,*0958

*so I am going to go ahead and go to the next step, which is to take care of powers.*0964

*And -1 times -1 is 1; and then, I have 3 ^{3}; that is 3 times 3 (is 9), times 3 (is 27).*0971

*OK, I can do the same thing in the denominator; I can just do these both in parallel.*0991

*And so, I am going to evaluate the powers in the denominator.*0997

*3 times 3 is 9; and then, I don't have any more powers--OK.*1000

*So, I took care of that; my next step is going to be to multiply and divide.*1005

*OK, so I have, in the numerator, 1 minus 2 times 2 (is 4), and then 4 times 3 (is 12), plus 27.*1016

*So, that took care of that step; now, in the denominator, I have 9, and then I have minus 2, times -1.*1035

*So, 2 times -1 is going to give me -2; -2 times 2 is going to give me -4.*1046

*OK, so now, I have taken care of all of the multiplication and the division.*1063

*The next step is to add and subtract--once again, going from left to right.*1068

*So, starting up here, the next step is going to be 1 minus 12; 1 minus 12 is going to give me -11.*1073

*So, it is -11 plus 27; that is going to leave me with 16 in the numerator.*1086

*In the denominator, I have 9, minus -4; well, a negative and a negative gives me a positive,*1092

*so in the denominator, I actually have 9 plus 4, which gives me 13.*1099

*The result is 16 over 13.*1109

*Again, starting out by substituting values for a, b, and c...I have done that in this first step.*1112

*And then, I treat this fraction bar as a big grouping symbol, and then I take care of the numerator and the denominator separately.*1120

*You could have done them one at a time, or you can do steps at the same time.*1128

*So, first, evaluate the powers; I did that in the numerator; I did that in the denominator (I am treating them separately).*1132

*Multiplying and dividing: I did my multiplication here and in the denominator.*1138

*And finally, adding and subtracting to get 16/13.*1146

*Example 3: The formula for the area of a triangle is Area equals 1/2 bh.*1152

*So, this is actually that the area equals one-half the base times the height of the triangle.*1158

*Find the height if a is 32, and the base (b) is 8.*1164

*OK, here we are being asked to find the height, and we are given the other two variables.*1173

*So, let me rewrite the formula: area equals 1/2 base times height.*1179

*Now, I am going to substitute in what I was given.*1183

*I am given the area; I am given the base; and I need to find the height.*1185

*What I need to do is isolate h; so, first simplifying this: 32=...well, 1/2 of 8 is 4, so that gives me...4h.*1195

*Next, divide both sides of the equation by 4 (32/4 and 4h/4) in order to isolate that.*1206

*Well, 32 divided by 4 is 8; the 4's cancel out on the right; and then just rewriting this in a more standard form, with the variable on left, the height is 8.*1216

*So again, first just write out the formula; substitute in a and b (which I was given).*1228

*And then, solve for the height.*1237

*The temperature in Fahrenheit is F=9/5C+32, where C is the temperature in Celsius.*1242

*If the temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, what is it in Celsius?*1250

*Rewrite the formula and substitute in what is given.*1255

*What is given is that the temperature in Fahrenheit is 78.*1263

*And I am looking for Celsius (I always keep in mind what I am looking for--what is my goal?).*1267

*And that is +32; my goal here is going to be to solve for C--to isolate that.*1272

*Subtracting 32 from both sides gives me 46=9/5C.*1281

*Now, in order to isolate the Celsius, I am going to multiply both sides by 5/9.*1290

*When I do that, I am going to get 5 times 46 (is 230), and that is divided by 9.*1302

*Here, that all cancels out; so, rewriting this, Celsius equals 230/9.*1310

*That is not usually how we talk about temperature; so simplifying that, if I took 230 and divided it by 9, I would get approximately 25.5 degrees Celsius.*1317

*So again, the formula for converting Fahrenheit into Celsius (or vice versa) is given.*1327

*I substituted in 78 degrees and figured this out: so, 78 degrees would be equal to approximately 25.5 degrees Celsius.*1335

*That concludes today's lesson on Educator.com; and I will see you again for the next lesson.*1346

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Last reply by: Dr Carleen Eaton

Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:54 PM

Post by Anna Kopituk on April 17 at 09:46:52 AM

Hi Dr. Eaton,

Thank you for making Algebra understandable. I am a homeschool student and my Mom is wondering how to test me on this information? Do you have tests available or know how we can find tests that fit your syllabus/curriculum?

Thank you,

Wesley

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Post by Khanh Nguyen on October 19, 2015

Practice Question 8 is wrong, the answer should be -3, not 3.

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Post by julius mogyorossy on July 14, 2013

You should say terms are anything separated by +, - or =, the difference between terms and factors really confused me at first, the different rules.

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Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:37 PM

Post by Manika Marwah on May 30, 2013

does n denote power eg power of 3 is 6 so n=6??

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Post by Aniket Dhawan on May 5, 2013

hi

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Thu Aug 8, 2013 1:16 PM

Post by Joyce Andrews-McKinney on January 24, 2013

I like E.com fairly well. I use this site as a guide to teach math to my home schooler. I am confused as to why this site teaches Algebra 11 BEFORE teaching Geometry when all other schools and programs teach Geometry then Algebra 11. Does it matter which follows Algebra 1? I really need a response. Thanks everyone.

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Fri Dec 7, 2012 3:00 PM

Post by Sheila Mckenzie on April 29, 2012

When you were converting degrees to celcius. Why did you inverse the fraction on both sides from 9 over 5 to 5 over 9. Is it because its a fraction and the rule is when your multiplying a fraction on both sides you inverse the numbers? Please advise.

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Post by javier mancha on August 23, 2011

do the exponents, get added as a degree ??