Ch 28: NMTA Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution

About This Chapter

New Mexico has replaced the NMTA Middle Grades Mathematics assessment with the National Evaluation Series Middle Grades Mathematics assessment. Use the video lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge of algebraic distribution as you get ready to take the NES Middle Grades Math assessment.

NMTA Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter touch on the aspects algebraic distribution that can help you prepare to take the NES Middle Grades Math assessment. The videos highlight definitions and functions of this subject to ensure you're able to answer questions on your exam that ask you to:

  • Explain why we distribute in algebra
  • Understand the differences between distributing first and adding first
  • Distribute positive and negative signs
  • Change negative exponents to fractions
  • Work with fractional powers
  • Distribute algebraic expressions with numbers and variables
  • Get the gist of the distribution of more than one term in algebra

The instructors in the video lessons are skilled at presenting information in a comprehensive manner while keeping the material fun and interesting. Once you've completed this chapter, you will have the knowledge necessary to answer questions covering this portion of the exam.

NMTA Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution Chapter Objectives

The purpose the NES Middle Grades Math assessment is to test how well you understand the subject matter. It also gauges your readiness to secure teaching licensure in New Mexico. The topics found in the NMTA Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution chapter are located in the algebra and functions portion of the test, which constitutes about 33% of the exam. You can watch the video lessons in this chapter to take a closer look at basics of algebraic distribution. Self-assessment quizzes are also available to test your comprehension of the materials and provide you with examples of questions found on the test.

All of the questions on the assessment are multiple choice and come in the form of short paragraphs, questions or sentences. After each question, you will find a set of four answers. You will be required to choose one of the four as the best answer to the question posed.

7 Lessons in Chapter 28: NMTA Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution
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Why Do We Distribute in Algebra? - Explanation & Examples

1. Why Do We Distribute in Algebra? - Explanation & Examples

What's the purpose of distribution in algebra? In this lesson, we'll find out why we distribute. We'll also look at examples and sample problems that involve basic distribution.

Distributing First vs. Adding First: Differences & Examples

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Changing Negative Exponents to Fractions

5. Changing Negative Exponents to Fractions

A negative exponent isn't like a normal exponent. In this lesson, we'll learn about negative exponents and how they lead us to fractions. We'll practice with numbers and variables.

Working With Fractional Powers

6. Working With Fractional Powers

If you know what to do with 3 to the second power, then you understand exponents. But what if the exponent is a fraction? Find out what to do with fractional powers in this lesson.

Distribution of More Than One Term in Algebra

7. 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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