# Ch 27: WEST Middle Grades Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions

### About This Chapter

## WEST Middle Grades Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review the fundamental concepts of algebraic expressions. In this chapter, you will find lessons covering the following topics:

- Defining a variable in algebra
- How to express relationships as algebraic expressions
- Examining the commutative and associative properties of algebraic expressions
- Simplification of algebraic expressions

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### 1. 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 4. 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.

### 5. 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.

### 6. 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.

### 7. 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.

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the WEST Middle Grades Mathematics (203): Practice & Study Guide course

- WEST Middle Grades Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Solving Math Word Problems
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Properties of Numbers
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Estimating & Rounding
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Number Theory
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Roots & Radical Expressions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Scientific Notation
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Simplifying Whole Number Expressions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Integers
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Rational Numbers
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Fractions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Operations with Fractions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Decimals
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Operations with Decimals
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Percents
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Money & Consumer Math
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Number Patterns & Sequences
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Properties of Functions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Graphing Functions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Negative Numbers
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Absolute Value
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Inequalities
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Factoring
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Monomials & Polynomials
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Writing Algebraic Expressions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Writing & Solving One-Step Equations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Writing & Solving Two-Step Equations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Simplifying & Solving Rational Expressions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: The Coordinate Graph
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Linear Equations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Systems of Linear Equations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Measurements
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Perimeter & Area
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Polyhedrons & Geometric Solids
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Symmetry, Similarity & Congruence
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Properties of Lines
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Angles
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Triangles
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Similar Polygons
- WEST Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Quadrilaterals
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Circles
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Circular Arcs & Measurement
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Transformations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Data & Graphs
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Statistics
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Data Collection
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Samples & Populations
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Probability
- WEST Middle Grades Math: Sets
- WEST Middle Grades Mathematics Flashcards