Ch 1: McDougal Littell Algebra 1 Chapter 1: Expressions, Equations & Functions

About This Chapter

The Expressions, Equations & Functions chapter of this McDougal Littell Algebra 1 Textbook Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with expressions, equations and functions. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Expressions, Equations & Functions textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the McDougal Littell Expressions, Equations & Functions chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the algebra topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the algebra topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Vocabulary terms
  • The order of operations
  • Expressing algebraic expressions as relationships
  • Simple algebraic expressions
  • Combining like terms
  • Simplifying expressions and negative signs
  • Writing equations with inequalities
  • Translating math sentences
  • Solving word problems
  • The definition of a function
  • Domain and range
  • The use of tables and graphs
  • Solving equations by graphing
  • Using a scientific calculator

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14 Lessons in Chapter 1: McDougal Littell Algebra 1 Chapter 1: Expressions, Equations & Functions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Algebra Vocabulary Terms

1. Algebra Vocabulary Terms

Watch this video lesson to learn about some basic vocabulary words that you will come across again and again in the course of your studies in algebra. After you finish this video, you should know and be able to identify each term.

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.

Combining Like Terms in Algebraic Expressions

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Translating Math Sentences to Inequalities

8. Translating Math Sentences to Inequalities

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can easily translate math sentences into inequalities. Once you know how to do this, solving word problems becomes that much easier.

Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples

9. Solving Word Problems: Steps & Examples

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can solve word problems by following this 3-step process. Learn how to visualize your problem so you fully understand it. Then learn how to write and solve your equations.

What is a Function: Basics and Key Terms

10. What is a Function: Basics and Key Terms

Mapping numbers sounds complex, but we do it when we buy gasoline. We pump gasoline, and the gas station charges us based on the amount of gas that we pump. Learn how this relates to functions while reviewing the basics and notations in this lesson.

What Is Domain and Range in a Function?

11. What Is Domain and Range in a Function?

The domain and range are the possible outputs and inputs of a function. In this lesson, learn about what might restrict the domain and how to figure out the domain and range from a graph.

Using Tables and Graphs in the Real World

12. Using Tables and Graphs in the Real World

We use tables and graphs in algebra as ways to visually show an equation or function. But do we really use these in the real world? Is it that important to learn about tables and graphs? Find out in this video lesson.

How to Solve Equations by Graphing on the CLEP Scientific Calculator

13. How to Solve Equations by Graphing on the CLEP Scientific Calculator

In this lesson, review how to graph equations with the CLEP calculator. Given a function, find the maximum and minimum values over a range and the roots of the equation. Learn how you can use this to solve a system of equations by graphically finding intersects.

Solving Equations on the CLEP Scientific Calculator

14. Solving Equations on the CLEP Scientific Calculator

In this lesson, learn how to use the Solver function of the CLEP calculator. With calculators, you can solve equations numerically (find a number answer) even when you cannot solve the problem explicitly.

Chapter Practice Exam
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