## Wednesday, October 24, 2012

### LETTERS ARE NUMBERS?

What do you mean a letter is a number? That's nuts right?

Well, not completely. In algebra you have letters that have a job to take the place of numbers; these numbers are usually unknown or numbers that can change. Math folks call these letters variables because they can be different. When given an algebraic expression (remember that means numbers, operations and at least 1 variable) you may or may not be given a value to represent the variable. Starting off we will work with an expression and I will give you a value for the variable.

To work with expressions it is very very very important that you understand the expression you are reading. For example:
a.) 3m  {This means 3 times the value of m}
b.) x - 7 {This means the value of x minus 7, or take 7 away from the value of x}
c.) 4p + 2 {This means 4 times the value of p and then add 2}

When a value is given for a variable you are going to use substitution. Just like when I was absent there was another teacher in my place which is why they call them substitute teachers. Also like the coach sending in a player to replace you during a game.

In example a.) 3m again means 3 times the value of m, if the value of m is 7, this means to multiply 3 times 7. Often students want to just replace the letter with the value and say the answer is 37.

In example b.) x - 7, if the value of x is 18, this means to subtract 18 - 7. Not as tricky because the operation sign is there to direct you correctly.

In example c.) 4p + 2, if the value of p is 3, this means to multiply 4 times 3 first and then add 2. It should be written like this 4(3) + 2 (remember parentheses is another symbol for multiplication). Multiply first and then add 2.

Substitution is not hard as long as you understand what the expression is and what it is asking you to do.

## Monday, October 15, 2012

### HOMEWORK 10/15/2012

Students will complete 1-6 in class as review and practice.

Homework 8-21
Bonus Problems #'s - 19, 25, 26, 31, 32

## Friday, October 12, 2012

### ORDER OF OPERATIONS EXTRA PRACTICE

Order of Operations
http://mrnussbaum.com/orderops/

Mystery Picture - Order of operations
http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games/order-operations-mystery.html?1&

Click the correct operation
http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games/order-operations-click-correct.html?1&

Tutorial & Step by Step Practice
http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/ViewObject.aspx?ID=ABM101

### ORDER OF OPERATIONS

Can you work this problem? Correctly?

 1.) work the problem 2.) read about the elephants 3.) re-work the problem 4.) check your answer at the bottom of the page

The order of operations is a tricky topic for students. You probably are expecting me to talk about my aunt Sally....WRONG!!! You won't catch me talking about Sally because I don't think she is very helpful in teaching kids about the order of operations. So what is? I think purple elephants can do the trick. PURPLE ELEPHANTS?

﻿The answer to the problem is 11.

Try this one-----

## Thursday, October 11, 2012

### MORE EXPONENTS

Today we are going to continue to work with exponents. More practice, more practice. Everyone will have the entire class to complete the worksheet. If not completed in class it will be homework.

## Wednesday, October 10, 2012

### HOMEWORK 10/10/2012

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### EXPONENT EXTRA PRACTICE

EXPONENT JEOPARDY -
http://www.math-play.com/Exponents-Jeopardy/Exponents-Jeopardy.html

GREATER THAN LESS THAN GAME - EXPONENTS
http://www.softschools.com/mathg.jsp

### WHAT ARE EXPONENTS?

Exponents are little numbers with a lot of power.....Ha Ha

Sorry for the nerdy math joke, but powers is another name for exponents. Today we are going to start talking about the little numbers. This video is helpful so watch and see......

Today's Power Points Slides

## Tuesday, October 9, 2012

### EXPRESSIONS & EQUATIONS

To start our new unit we are going to start by taking a pre-test over vocabulary words. This activity will not be counted as a grade but all correct answers will be counted and bonus points will be assigned. Afterwards there is a Word Search to be completed that will count as a homework grade.

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### WELCOME BACK!!!!

We have a few more days before the 9-weeks ends. If you need some bonus points get on here and find some games and things to do. Leave me a comment with your name so I can give you some points to help your average.