The first part of this chapter defines and discusses properties that allow the manipulation of expressions. These lead to evaluating, simplifying, and translating algebraic expressions. Rounding and estimating are area also included.

What you can expect to learn

After completing these activities you should be able to 

  1. Identify uses of and apply the properties of real numbers. 
  2. Apply the Distributive Property to expand or simplify a mathematical expression and to find products mentally. 
  3. Evaluate algebraic expressions. 
  4. Simplify algebraic expressions.
  5. Write word phrases as mathematical expressions. 
  6. Round numbers to a given place value.
  7. Estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients.
Activity List