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Ch 12: CEOE Middle Level/Intermediate Math: Introduction to Algebra

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Use of the lessons in this chapter will prepare you for the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE) Middle Level/Intermediate Math test. Here, we present you with an introduction to algebra.

CEOE Middle Level/Intermediate Math: Introduction to Algebra - Chapter Summary

Our instructors put these lessons together as a refresher for Oklahoma teachers who will soon be taking the CEOE Middle Level/Intermediate Math test. Lessons are videos, geared toward answering possible test questions in such areas as:

  • How the term 'variable' is used and defined in algebra
  • The definition of a mathematical expression and how relationships are expressed as algebraic expressions
  • The commutative, associative and distributive properties as applied to algebraic expressions
  • How to combine like terms in algebraic expressions
  • Equation solving using the addition principle and the multiplication principle
  • The difference between using addition first versus distributing first
  • The distribution of positive and negative signs
  • Distributing with numbers and variables
  • Understanding how to distribute multiple terms in algebra

To keep this studying interesting, the subject matter is broken up into videos averaging 5-10 minutes each. A short quiz after each lesson will test your understanding of what you just studied.

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: CEOE Middle Level/Intermediate Math: Introduction to Algebra
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What is a Variable in Algebra?

1. What is a Variable in Algebra?

Did you ever encounter something like a + b = c and wonder how all these letters snuck into a math problem? In this lesson, we'll learn about variables, as well as other parts of equations, constants and coefficients.

What is a Mathematical Expression? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Mathematical Expression? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will explain how to recognize a mathematical expression and the parts that make up a mathematical expression. You will also learn some of the basic vocabulary used when discussing mathematical expressions.

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.

The Commutative and Associative Properties and Algebraic Expressions

5. The Commutative and Associative Properties and Algebraic Expressions

The order of operations is important and useful, but a few mathematical properties highlight cases where order doesn't matter. In this lesson, we'll learn about the commutative and associative properties, which may save you time and effort.

The Distributive Property and Algebraic Expressions

6. The Distributive Property and Algebraic Expressions

The order of operations is great. But sometimes we need to bend the rules to simplify an equation. Fortunately, the distributive property gives us a scenario in which this is okay. Learn all about it in this lesson.

Combining Like Terms in Algebraic Expressions

7. 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.

Negative Signs and Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

8. 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.

Solving Equations Using the Addition Principle

9. 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

10. 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.

Distributing First vs. Adding First: Differences & Examples

11. Distributing First vs. Adding First: Differences & Examples

When we need to simplify an expression, how do we know if we should distribute first or add first? In this lesson, we'll look at when this matters and how to make the best decision.

Distributing Positive and Negative Signs

12. Distributing Positive and Negative Signs

It's not just numbers and variables that get distributed. Positive and negative signs can, too. In this lesson, we'll learn how to distribute positive and negative signs correctly.

Distributing Algebraic Expressions with Numbers and Variables

13. Distributing Algebraic Expressions with Numbers and Variables

So, you can simplify an algebraic expression when you need to distribute a number? Great! But what if you need to distribute a variable or a variable with an exponent? Learn how in this lesson.

Distribution of More Than One Term in Algebra

14. Distribution of More Than One Term in Algebra

Once we've mastered distributing a single term, it's time to raise the stakes. In this lesson, we'll learn how about distribution involving two, three and even more terms.

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