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Ch 4: McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra Chapter 4: Factors, Fractions, and Exponents

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The Factors, Fractions and Exponents chapter of this McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra textbook companion course helps students learn the essential pre-algebra lessons of factors, fractions and exponents. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Factors, Fractions and Exponents textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra Factors, Fractions and Exponents chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the factors, fractions and exponents 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.

Students will learn:

  • Factoring in algebra
  • Prime factorization of a number
  • Methods for finding the greatest common factor
  • Equivalent fractions and fraction notation
  • Least common multiples
  • The five main exponent properties
  • Zero and negative exponents
  • Standard and scientific notation

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10 Lessons in Chapter 4: McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra Chapter 4: Factors, Fractions, and Exponents
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Factoring in Algebra? - Definition & Example

1. What is Factoring in Algebra? - Definition & Example

Factoring with ordinary numbers involves knowing that 6 is the product of 2 and 3. But what about factoring in algebra? In this lesson, we'll learn the essential elements of algebra factoring.

How to Find the Prime Factorization of a Number

2. How to Find the Prime Factorization of a Number

The prime factorization of a number involves breaking that number down to its smallest parts. This lesson will show you two different ways to discover the prime factorization of any number.

How to Find the Greatest Common Factor

3. How to Find the Greatest Common Factor

If the factors of a number are the different numbers that you can multiply together to get that original number, then the greatest common factor of two numbers is just the biggest one that both have in common. See some examples of what I'm talking about here!

Equivalent Expressions and Fraction Notation

4. Equivalent Expressions and Fraction Notation

Did you know that two fractions can look completely different, but actually be the same? In this lesson, we'll learn about equivalent fractions. We'll also learn to simplify fraction notation.

How to Build and Reduce Fractions

5. How to Build and Reduce Fractions

Fractions are a fundamental part of everyday life. Fractions represent a comparison of a part to the whole. To reduce fractions, we will divide by the greatest common factor, or the GCF.

How to Find the Least Common Multiple

6. How to Find the Least Common Multiple

The least common multiple of two numbers is the smallest number that can be divided evenly by your two original numbers. See some examples of what I'm talking about here!

What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?

7. What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?

We'll look at the five important exponent properties and an example of each. You can think of them as the order of operations for exponents. Learn how to handle math problems with exponents here!

How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent

8. How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent

The zero and negative exponent properties are two you will use quite a lot in mathematics. The negative exponent property can be confusing, but when you remember a couple fun ideas, you will get it right every time!

Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals

9. Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals

Most numbers can be written in different ways, either as a fraction, decimal or exponent. This lesson will teach you how to write fractions and decimals using exponents and how to convert between the two.

Scientific Notation: Definition and Examples

10. Scientific Notation: Definition and Examples

Scientific notation is a special way of writing numbers so they are easier to work with. This lesson will define scientific notations and show some examples of how to convert numbers from standard notation to scientific notation and back.

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