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Ch 16: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: Patterns & Algebraic Functions

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Use these lessons to increase your knowledge of patterns and algebraic functions that you may be tested on the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II licensure test. The text and video lessons provide detailed approaches that can help you answer these questions on this test.

NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: Patterns & Algebraic Functions - Chapter Summary

The engaging lessons in this chapter help you review patterns and algebraic functions in order to increase your rate of success on the math portion of NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Mathematical patterns and variables in algebra
  • Simplifying addition expressions
  • Solving math equations
  • Identifying functions
  • Algebraic expressions and relationships
  • The commutative, distributive and associative properties
  • The combining of like terms

The lessons take you through the various steps involved in solving these mathematical equations and demonstrate different strategies that can be used on this test. The videos are entertaining yet informative and make the learning of these concepts and methods fun. The text lessons include key terms in bold for easy reference.

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: Patterns & Algebraic Functions
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Recognizing and Solving Mathematical Patterns

1. Recognizing and Solving Mathematical Patterns

Patterns show up in the world around us on a daily basis. In this lesson, we will define mathematical patterns and look at recognizing and solving these patterns. We will examine examples to solidify our understanding of this process.

What is a Variable in Algebra?

2. 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.

How to Simplify an Addition Expression

3. How to Simplify an Addition Expression

Learn how to simplify and combine like terms in any algebraic expression that uses addition with this lesson. Also learn how to follow the order of operations when simplifying your expression.

What is an Equation in Math? - Definition & Examples

4. What is an Equation in Math? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll get a refresher on number sentences. You will then learn what equations are and how they can be useful in finding out missing information.

Functions: Identification, Notation & Practice Problems

5. Functions: Identification, Notation & Practice Problems

A function is simply a rule that takes one number and turns it into another. But some special conditions must apply for it to be a true mathematical function. Learn about those conditions and how we write functions here!

Expressing Relationships as Algebraic Expressions

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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