Expression - Definition with Examples
An algebraic expression can be represented as:
The parts of an algebraic expression can be described as:
- Variable - A variable is represented by an alphabet such as x, y or z, in an algebraic expression.The value of the variable varies basis the coefficients and constants in the expression.
- Constant - A constant can be a whole number, a decimal number or any fraction that has no variable attached to it. It stands alone in an algebraic expression.
- Coefficient - A coefficient of any variable is a number attached to a variable. If the variable exists without a coefficient, then its coefficient is 1.
Terms - Terms are the values on which the mathematical operations take place in an expression. A term can be a constant or a variable or both in an expression.
- Examples of algebraic expressions are 3a + 8, 9x − 6y, 7pq², .
When changing verbal phrases and sentences into expressions, look for words that indicate operations and assign a meaningful variable to represent what is to be calculated.
|Verbal phrase/sentence||Algebraic Expression|
|Five added to four times of a number||5 + 4x|
|Two times a number reduced by 9||2y − 9|
|Twice a number subtracted from 8||8 − 2z|
|Sum of 8 and a number divided by 4||(8 + t) / 4|
Let's do it!
Children can develop an understanding of how we form expressions mentally to compute everyday calculations. You can ask your child to follow a recipe and form expressions for computing the increased or decreased quantity of ingredients required as per the number of people.
Take your child out for grocery shopping and have them pick out multiple quantities of the same items like 2 boxes of cereal or 4 packets of cookies. Ask them to form expression by assigning meaningful variables to calculate the total price of all the items.
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