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Ch 18: Praxis Middle School Math: Algebra Basics

About This Chapter

Consult this chapter to review algebra basics which are necessary to know if you intend to teach middle school math. These lessons will expound upon algebraic terminology and steps about which the Praxis Middle School Mathematics exam may test you.

Praxis Middle School Math: Algebra Basics - Chapter Summary

This chapter seeks to help you study for the Praxis Middle School Mathematics exam by developing and refreshing your knowledge of algebra basics. These lessons will address the following:

  • Basic algebra terminology
  • Variables, constants, and coefficients
  • Algebraic distribution
  • Determining whether to distribute or add first when simplifying an expression
  • Correct distribution of positive and negative signs
  • Simplifying expressions with negatives
  • Distributing variables, exponents, and numbers

You can review these lessons as brief animated videos or read their accompanying full transcriptions. The lessons are led by expert instructors, but if you need any more help figuring out any aspect of the lessons, you may submit your request to our mathematicians for assistance. Reviewing this information in multiple formats and accepting any other help should improve your confidence in your abilities to answer the exam questions correctly.

7 Lessons in Chapter 18: Praxis Middle School Math: Algebra Basics
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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.

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.

Why Do We Distribute in Algebra? - Explanation & Examples

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

Distributing Algebraic Expressions with Numbers and Variables

7. 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.

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