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# 2-3 - Writing Algebraic Expressions Lesson 2-3 Word phrases...

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Writing Algebraic Expressions Lesson 2-3

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Word phrases can be written as algebraic expressions. Use the words to determine what operation you are using. Use a variable for the phrase “a number.”
Adding Phrases Plus More than Sum Increased by

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Subtracting Phrases Minus Difference Subtracted from Decreased by Less than
Multiplying Phrases Times Product of Dividing Phrases Quotient Divided by

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Example: 7 decreased by b “Decreased by” means subtract. 7 - b
Example: The product of 19 and k “Product” means multiply. We show multiplication by placing the factor right next to the variable. 19k

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Less than, more than Some word phrases contain the words “less than” or “more than.” When you see those words, start with the second part of the phrase. Example: 23 less than m m - 23
Example: 32 less than 5 times c The 32 is less than the 5 times c, which means we subtract 32 from the 5 times c. So, start with 5 times c.

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