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Ch 3: TASC Math: Algebraic Expressions and Equations

About This Chapter

Brush up on your knowledge of algebraic expressions and equations through the engaging videos in this chapter. Get ready for the TASC Math test through lessons in simplifying expressions, solving equations and translating word problems.

Algebraic Expressions and Equations - Chapter Summary

These lessons break down the steps for evaluating, combining, simplifying, writing and solving algebraic problems. Prepare for test questions related to these areas through our online video lessons. Some of the topics and skills covered in this section include:

  • Writing arithmetic expressions
  • Evaluating math formulas
  • Writing and simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Combining like terms
  • Writing equations with inequalities
  • Linear, quadratic and polynomial equations
  • Solving one-step and multi-step problems
  • Problem solving with the addition and multiplication principles
  • Equations with parentheses
  • Problems with infinite or no solutions
  • Translating equations to word problems

This chapter includes short video lessons taught by experienced instructors. The lessons use fun illustrations and real-world examples to present their points. Additional resources include transcripts that highlight vocabulary terms, self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.

TASC Math Objectives

The TASC test is an alternative to earning your high school diploma. It assesses your knowledge in five subject areas, one of which is math. The mathematical reasoning portion of this test measures your skills in five content areas: algebra, statistics, numbers and quantity, functions and geometry. Algebra questions make up 26% of the test and test your ability to:

  • Apply algebraic rules to solve equations
  • Compute algebraic expressions
  • Isolate quantities of interest

Multiple-choice, gridded-response, constructed-response and technology-enhanced formatted questions all appear on the test. Our lessons give you the help you need with the steps and operations needed to solve these problems.

20 Lessons in Chapter 3: TASC Math: Algebraic Expressions and Equations
What is the Correct Setup to Solve Math Problems?: Writing Arithmetic Expressions

1. What is the Correct Setup to Solve Math Problems?: Writing Arithmetic Expressions

When it comes to solving math word problems, there is a correct way of setting up the problem and labeling the various parts of the problem so that you can solve the problem easily. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can do it.

Understanding and Evaluating Math Formulas

2. Understanding and Evaluating Math Formulas

With all the formulas out there, how do you know which one to pick? And how do you read formulas anyways? Watch this video lesson and you will find the answers to these questions.

Expressing Relationships as Algebraic Expressions

3. Expressing Relationships as Algebraic Expressions

What do you do when you don't know what a number is but you do know how it relates to something else? You use an algebraic expression. In this lesson, we'll learn how to express relationships as algebraic expressions.

Evaluating Simple Algebraic Expressions

4. Evaluating Simple Algebraic Expressions

In this lesson, we'll learn how to evaluate algebraic expressions, which involves substituting numbers for variables and following the order of operations. By the end of the lesson, you'll be an algebraic expression expert.

Combining Like Terms in Algebraic Expressions

5. Combining Like Terms in Algebraic Expressions

When you have an algebraic expression that's much too long, it would be great if you could simplify it. That's when knowing how to combine like terms comes in. In this lesson, we'll learn the process of combining like terms and practice simplifying expressions.

Practice Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

6. Practice Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

In this lesson, we'll practice simplifying a variety of algebraic expressions. We'll use two key concepts, combining like terms and the distributive property, to help us simplify.

Negative Signs and Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

7. Negative Signs and Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

Don't let negative signs get you down. In this lesson, we'll stay positive as we practice simplifying algebraic expressions that have those tricky negative signs.

Writing Equations with Inequalities: Open Sentences and True/False Statements

8. Writing Equations with Inequalities: Open Sentences and True/False Statements

After watching this video lesson you will be able to write open sentences and true or false statements that use inequalities. You will also be able to solve and/or determine whether a particular inequality is true or false.

Common Algebraic Equations: Linear, Quadratic, Polynomial, and More

9. Common Algebraic Equations: Linear, Quadratic, Polynomial, and More

Watch this video lesson to see the kinds of equations that you will come across most often in algebra. Learn to distinguish them by just looking for the identifying components of each equation.

Defining, Translating, & Solving One-Step Equations

10. Defining, Translating, & Solving One-Step Equations

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can write a simple math equation when you are given a word problem. Learn how to translate words into math symbols. Learn the shortcuts to remember.

Solving Equations Using the Addition Principle

11. Solving Equations Using the Addition Principle

In algebra, we have certain principles that we use to help us solve equations quickly and easily. The addition principle is one of them. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can apply it to solve your equations.

Solving Equations Using the Multiplication Principle

12. Solving Equations Using the Multiplication Principle

When it comes to solving equations in algebra, one of the essential skills you need is the ability to multiply. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can use the multiplication principle to isolate your variable.

Solving Equations Using Both Addition and Multiplication Principles

13. Solving Equations Using Both Addition and Multiplication Principles

Most times in algebra, to solve for your variable, you will need to perform more than one operation to get your answer. Watch this video lesson to learn the proper steps to take to solve these equations.

Collecting Like Terms On One Side of an Equation

14. Collecting Like Terms On One Side of an Equation

When you are using algebra to solve your problems, one of your biggest and most often used methods is that of collecting like terms. Watch this video lesson to see how it is done.

Solving Equations Containing Parentheses

15. Solving Equations Containing Parentheses

When we have parentheses in our equations it changes the way we solve them. Now we have an added step to do to remove those parentheses. Watch this video lesson to learn how it is done.

Solving Equations with Infinite Solutions or No Solutions

16. Solving Equations with Infinite Solutions or No Solutions

In algebra, there are two scenarios that give us interesting results. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can distinguish problems that have no answers and problems that have an infinite number of answers.

Translating Words to Algebraic Expressions

17. Translating Words to Algebraic Expressions

When it comes to word problems, the easiest way to solve them is to look for keywords and change them into math symbols. Watch this video lesson to find out what keywords you should look for and what math symbols they represent.

How to Solve One-Step Algebra Equations in Word Problems

18. How to Solve One-Step Algebra Equations in Word Problems

Word problems may be considered the most evil math invention ever, but never fear! Just watch this video lesson and you will know how to methodically translate these word problems into simple math and then to solve it.

How to Solve Equations with Multiple Steps

19. How to Solve Equations with Multiple Steps

In algebra, when you want to solve an equation for a particular variable, you will need to perform multiple steps that include adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Watch this video lesson to learn the order you need to do these steps.

How to Solve Multi-Step Algebra Equations in Word Problems

20. How to Solve Multi-Step Algebra Equations in Word Problems

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to solve word problems like a pro. Learn how to setup your problem, write your equations and then solve your equations to find your answer.

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