Ch 11: PLACE Mathematics: Algebraic Expressions

About This Chapter

PLACE Mathematics is the certification exam for math teachers in Colorado. This chapter includes a series of engaging lesson videos on evaluating mathematical formulas and algebraic expressions that could prove to be a beneficial part of your preparation for the exam.

PLACE Mathematics: Algebraic Expressions - Chapter Summary

This chapter on algebraic expressions can help students preparing for the Program for Licensing Assessment for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Mathematics exam master material on mathematical formulas and algebraic expressions. The instructors of this video series will explain the principles behind algebraic expressions so that after you have watched these videos you will have a greater understanding of:

  • Methods for evaluating mathematical formulas
  • How relationships are expressed in algebraic expressions
  • Simple algebraic expressions
  • Distributive properties in math
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions

In the event you have a question about a topic while watching these video lessons, ask our instructors for clarification. Also take lesson quizzes to help you determine what material you may want to review before taking the PLACE Mathematics. The video timelines have a jump feature that can take you directly to key topics in the lesson videos, or if you want another way to review the material covered in the video lessons, lesson transcripts offer an easy-to-read written format.

PLACE Mathematics: Algebraic Expressions Objectives

PLACE Mathematics is a paper-based certification exam in which test takers are given four and a half hours to complete a series of multiple-choice questions. Knowledge of the principles of algebraic expressions is crucial to your ability to answer questions asked on this exam. The exam's questions cover the foundations of mathematics, functions and relations in math, measurements and geometry, and calculus and discrete mathematics. Complete the activities of this chapter to gain a better understanding of algebraic expressions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: PLACE Mathematics: Algebraic Expressions
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Understanding and Evaluating Math Formulas

1. Understanding and Evaluating Math Formulas

With all the formulas out there, how do you know which one to pick? And how do you read formulas anyways? Watch this video lesson and you will find the answers to these questions.

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 Distributive Property and Algebraic Expressions

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

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