Ch 1: WEST Middle Grades Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations

About This Chapter

Get a clear understanding of the basic math topics that you will encounter on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Mathematics test, which replaced the WEST Middle Grades Math examination. The video lessons and quizzes help you easily comprehend the material.

NES Middle Grades Math Basic Arithmetic Operations - Chapter Summary

The crux of this chapter focuses on the meaning and practical application of fundamental arithmetic. By reviewing the video lessons and testing your understanding of math concepts, you'll be prepared for the NES Middle Grades Math test. Among the topics addressed in this chapter, you'll learn:

  • An overview of the different types of numbers
  • The textbook definition of real numbers
  • How operations are ordered
  • Ways to solve long division, addition, subtraction and multiplication problems
  • Methods for solving math problems with signed numbers

The content is presented with extensive examples of how to compute various math problems. Experienced instructors lead short video lessons featuring lesson transcripts and self-assessment quizzes to prepare you for the math skills test.

NES Middle Grades Math Basic Arithmetic Operations Objectives

As the exam title states, you will be tested on your comprehension and knowledge of math word problems, along with the meaning of related technical terms. The NES Middle Grades Math test is for aspiring middle school math teachers in Washington State. The test gauges your understanding of and ability to teach math concepts at this level.

Of the 150 multiple-choice questions, 17% focus on number sense and operations. The engaging video lessons and quizzes in this chapter can help prepare you for these key areas. During the computer-based exam, you are supplied with an on-screen calculator, as well as a formula and notation page featuring useful topics like the volume of a sphere, variance, the law of sines and the midpoint formula.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: WEST Middle Grades Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations
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What are the Different Types of Numbers?

1. What are the Different Types of Numbers?

Learn all of the different types of numbers: natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and real numbers. This video lesson teaches you how to classify any numbers you come across.

What are Real Numbers? - Definition & Properties

2. What are Real Numbers? - Definition & Properties

There are many definitions of real numbers, but they all lead to the same conclusion. Real numbers are numbers that have a measurable value. Learn more about real numbers with some examples and a quiz to test your knowledge.

What Is The Order of Operations in Math? - Definition & Examples

3. What Is The Order of Operations in Math? - Definition & Examples

The order of operations is the steps used to simplify any mathematical expression. In this video, learn how to solve problems using these steps and easy tricks to remember them.

The Order of Real Numbers: Inequalities

4. The Order of Real Numbers: Inequalities

An inequality is an operation describing how one number can be compared to another. This lesson will describe and define inequalities and the symbols used to represent them. It will also give some examples on how to work with inequalities.

How to Perform Addition: Steps & Examples

5. How to Perform Addition: Steps & Examples

Addition is one of the basic operations of math. You can say that the whole of mathematics is based on addition. Without addition, we wouldn't have higher math. Watch this video to learn how to add.

How to Perform Subtraction: Steps & Examples

6. How to Perform Subtraction: Steps & Examples

Subtraction is one of the basic operations in math. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can view and understand subtraction so that you can easily perform it.

How to Perform Multiplication: Steps & Examples

7. How to Perform Multiplication: Steps & Examples

Multiplication, one of the basic operations of math, is important not just in elementary math but also in higher math. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can multiply with ease.

How to Multiply Large Numbers: Steps and Examples

8. How to Multiply Large Numbers: Steps and Examples

After watching this video lesson you will be able to multiply any two numbers together. You will learn how to use your knowledge of multiplying smaller numbers together to multiply larger numbers with ease.

How to Perform Division: Steps & Examples

9. How to Perform Division: Steps & Examples

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can divide. Division is one of the basic operations of math. It is one of the fundamental operations that all higher mathematics depends upon.

Performing Long Division with Large Numbers: Steps and Examples

10. Performing Long Division with Large Numbers: Steps and Examples

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to divide larger numbers. You'll learn an easy to follow procedure that you can use to divide any two numbers.

Arithmetic Calculations with Signed Numbers

11. Arithmetic Calculations with Signed Numbers

Signed numbers are often referred to as integers. Integers include both positive and negative numbers. In this lesson, you will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers.

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