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Introduction to Algebra

Why we use letters in equations, simplifying terms and rearranging equations to group like terms

Anthony Barraclough

on 26 May 2011

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Transcript of Introduction to Algebra

Algebra + = 3 apples and 3 bananas! They are different things so we can't group them together Learning Objectives To Be Able To: Simplify numerical expressions with like terms in (e.g. 6a+5a+2b+b) Who has ever eaten one of these? Key terms Term - any single part of an equation or expression (often includes a letter)

Expression - A combination of terms and/or numbers

Like terms - terms that use the same letter (e.g. 2a and 3a)

Simplify - Collect all like terms together to make the expression or equation as short as possible
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