Vocabulary Match for Solving Equations

SimplifyTo use the rules of arithmetic and algebra to rewrite an expression as simply as possible.

SolveFind all solutions to an equation, inequality, or a system of equations and/or inequalities.

EquationsA mathematical sentence built from expressions using one or more equal signs (=).

LInearLike a line. A description of any graph or data that can be modeled by a linear polynomial.

TermParts of an expression or series separated by + or – signs, or the parts of a sequence separated by commas.

Like TermsTerms which have the same variables and corresponding powers and/or roots. Like terms can be combined using addition an subtraction. Terms that are not like cannot be combined using addition or subtraction.

ExpressionAny mathematical formula combining numbers and/or variables using sums, differences, products, quotients, exponents, roots, logarithms, trig functions, parentheses, brackets, functions. May not contain the equal sign (=) or any type of inequality.

VariableA quantity that can change or that may take on different values. Variable also refers to a letter or symbol representing such a quantity.

PositiveA real number greater than zero. Zero itself is not positive.

NegativeA real number less than zero. Zero itself is neither negative nor positive.

Distributive PropertyTo multiply out the parts of an expression. Distributing is the opposite of factoring.