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, 4,899 hits)
Verbal expressions - difference (155.5 KiB, 2,694 hits)
Verbal expressions - product (145.3 KiB, 2,472 hits)
Verbal expressions - quotient (159.0 KiB, 3,025 hits)
Verbal expressions - square and cube (96.3 KiB, 2,996 hits)
Verbal expressions - equations (116.1 KiB, 2,757 hits)
Algebraic expressions - sum (161.8 KiB, 1,757 hits)
Algebraic expressions - difference (175.9 KiB, 1,515 hits)
Algebraic expressions - product (160.1 KiB, 1,667 hits)
Algebraic expressions - quotient (182.9 KiB, 1,858 hits)
Algebraic expressions - square and cube (151.5 KiB, 1,924 hits)