An expression is a term in mathematics that describes a group of variables, numbers and operators. Operators include division, multiplication, addition and subtraction. Variables in expression are usually denoted as x and y, but it can be and other symbol.
The expressions can be written as verbal phrase or algebraic expression. Here are some examples of algebraic expressions:
1. $\ x + 3$
3. $\ 21 − x$
4. $\ 8 – 2$
This algebraic expressions can be also written in verbal phrase:
1. A number x increased by 3.
2. A fourth of a number y.
3. 21 decreased by a number x.
4. 8 decreased by 2.
Note that an expression doesn’t need to include a variable to be an expression. Expressions are used to define equations. Two expressions that are equal represent an equation. Try to solve some examples.
Verbal phrases in algebraic expressions worksheets
Verbal expressions - sum (146.5 KiB, 2,662 hits)
Verbal expressions - difference (155.5 KiB, 1,731 hits)
Verbal expressions - product (145.3 KiB, 1,480 hits)
Verbal expressions - quotient (159.0 KiB, 1,880 hits)
Verbal expressions - square and cube (96.3 KiB, 2,143 hits)
Verbal expressions - equations (116.1 KiB, 1,781 hits)
Algebraic expressions - sum (161.8 KiB, 1,161 hits)
Algebraic expressions - difference (175.9 KiB, 998 hits)
Algebraic expressions - product (160.1 KiB, 1,129 hits)
Algebraic expressions - quotient (182.9 KiB, 1,127 hits)
Algebraic expressions - square and cube (151.5 KiB, 1,322 hits)