## Math 6A, Lesson 11, Fall 2017, 12/03/2017

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The use of letters in algebra

1. The use of letters

• In general, an algebraic expression involves numbers and letters that are connected with operation symbols such as “+”, “-”, “x” and “/”
• In 10 + 8n, we call n a variable and 10 + 8n an algebraic expression

2. Basic notation in algebra

• In algebra, there are rules for writing algebraic expressions. The operation symbols “+”, “-”, “x”, “/”  and “=” have the same meanings in both algebra and arithmetic.
• Add a to b: sum = a + b = b + a
• Subtract c from d: difference = d – c != c -d
• Multiply g by h: product = g x h = h x g = gh
• Divide x by y where y != 0: quotient = x/y

3. Exponential notation

• Teach in the class on white board

4. Simplify algebraic expressions

• Teach in the class on white board

5. Home Work:

• Handout: two pages
• Workbook:
• page 15: 1, 2
• page 16: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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