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Ch 32: HSPT Test: Basic Algebraic Expressions

About This Chapter

Knowledge of basic algebraic expressions is necessary to succeed on the HSPT exam. This chapter consists of video lessons that can help your child conquer the questions related to evaluating, solving or simplifying algebraic expressions.

HSPT Test: Basic Algebraic Expressions - Chapter Summary

Studying this chapter's video lessons can help your student to pass the HSPT test. The chapter includes lessons on the simplifying of equations, the order of operations, the addition of variables and the placement of parentheses in equations. The chapter also emphasizes the use of constants and coefficients. Furthermore, your student can learn by completing practice problems. Studying this chapter could result in the ability to:

  • Understand the meaning of a variable
  • Solve addition and subtraction expressions
  • Use, evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions
  • Calculate the answers to problems using the commutative, associative and distributive properties
  • Combine constants, variables and other like terms

The chapter includes transcripts as well as short, animated videos that are narrated by experienced educators. Video tags allow for navigation between the lessons' main topics. The Dashboard area will show recent activities and it's also where your student will find the ask-an-expert feature. By completing the five-question quizzes and the practice chapter examination, your eighth grader can be assured that the information is being absorbed.

HSPT Test: Basic Algebraic Expressions Chapter Objectives

The 2.5 hour-long HSPT test has 298 multiple-choice questions that span five content categories: Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematics and Language Skills. Your child's ability to understand basic algebraic expressions will be assessed when the HSPT Test's Mathematics category is reached. Including questions on the fundamentals of arithmetic, geometry and algebra, some of the section's 64 multiple-choice questions will also focus on this chapter's topics. It should take 45 minutes or less to finish the Mathematics category.

7 Lessons in Chapter 32: HSPT Test: Basic Algebraic Expressions
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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.

Expressing Relationships as Algebraic Expressions

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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