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This module is from Elementary Algebra by Denny Burzynski and Wade Ellis, Jr. Operations with algebraic expressions and numerical evaluations are introduced in this chapter. Coefficients are described rather than merely defined. Special binomial products have both literal and symbolic explanations and since they occur so frequently in mathematics, we have been careful to help the student remember them. In each example problem, the student is "talked" through the symbolic form.This module contains a summary of the key concepts in the chapter "Algebraic Expressions and Equations".

Summary of key concepts

Algebraic expressions ( [link] )

An algebraic expression (often called simply an expression) is a number, a letter, or a collection of numbers and letters along with meaningful signs of operation. ( 5 ÷ 0 is not meaningful.)

Terms ( [link] )

In an algebraic expression, the quantities joined by " + " signs are terms .

Distinction between terms and factors ( [link] )

Terms are parts of sums and are therefore separated by addition signs. Factors are parts of products and are therefore separated by multiplication signs.

Common factors ( [link] )

In an algebraic expression, a factor that appears in every term, that is, a factor that is common to each term, is called a common factor .

Coefficients ( [link] )

The coefficient of a quantity records how many of that quantity there are. The coefficient of a group of factors is the remaining group of factors.

Distinction between coefficients and exponents ( [link] )

Coefficients record the number of like terms in an expression. x + x + x 3 terms = 3 x coefficient is 3
Exponents record the number of like factors in an expression x x x 3 factors = x 3 exponent is 3

Equation ( [link] )

An equation is a statement that two expressions are equal.

Numerical evaluation ( [link] )

Numerical evaluation is the process of determining a value by substituting numbers for letters.

Polynomials ( [link] )

A polynomial is an algebraic expression that does not contain variables in the denominators of fractions and in which all exponents on variable quantities are whole numbers.

A monomial is a polynomial consisting of only one term.
A binomial is a polynomial consisting of two terms.
A trinomial is a polynomial consisting of three terms.

Degree of a polynomial ( [link] )

The degree of a term containing one variable is the value of the exponent on the variable.
The degree of a term containing more than one variable is the sum of the exponents on the variables.
The degree of a polynomial is the degree of the term of the highest degree.

Linear quadratic cubic polynomials ( [link] )

Polynomials of the first degree are linear polynomials.
Polynomials of the second degree are quadratic polynomials.
Polynomials of the third degree are cubic polynomials.

Like terms ( [link] )

Like terms are terms in which the variable parts, including the exponents, are identical.

Descending order ( [link] )

By convention, and when possible, the terms of an expression are placed in descending order with the highest degree term appearing first. 5 x 3 2 x 2 + 10 x 15 is in descending order.

Multiplying a polynomial by a monomial ( [link] )

To multiply a polynomial by a monomial, multiply every term of the polynomial by the monomial and then add the resulting products together.
7 ( x 3 ) = 7 x 7 3 = 7 x 21

Simplifying + ( a + b ) And ( a + b ) ( [link] )

+ ( a + b ) = a + b ( a + b ) = a b

Multiplying a polynomial by a polynomial ( [link] )

To multiply polynomials together, multiply every term of one polynomial by every term of the other polynomial. ( x + 3 ) ( x 4 ) = x 2 4 x + 3 x 12 = x 2 x 12

Special products ( [link] )

( a + b ) 2 = a 2 + 2 a b + b 2 N o t e : ( a + b ) 2 a 2 + b 2 ( a b ) 2 = a 2 2 a b + b 2 ( a b ) 2 a 2 b 2 ( a + b ) ( a b ) = a 2 b 2

Independent and dependent variables ( [link] )

In an equation, any variable whose value can be freely assigned is said to be an independent variable . Any variable whose value is determined once the other values have been assigned is said to be a dependent variable .

Domain ( [link] )

The collection of numbers that can be used as replacements for the independent variable in an expression or equation and yield a meaningful result is called the domain of the expression or equation.

Questions & Answers

Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
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what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
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Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
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