Posts tagged pre-algebra
Quotient rule for exponents to simplify fractions

This is the rule we use when we’re dividing one exponential expression by another exponential expression. The quotient rule tells us that we have to subtract the exponent in the denominator from the exponent in the numerator, but the bases have to be the same.

Read More
Every fraction has three signs (signs of fractions)

There are three signs associated with every fraction, one with the numerator, one with the denominator, and one with the fraction in general. But this can be hard to remember, because not all of the signs are always visible.

Read More
Calculating absolute values

The absolute value operation turns any value inside it into its distance from the origin, essentially turning both positive and negative numbers into only positive numbers. Always calculate the value inside the absolute value first, then apply the absolute value last.

Read More
Number sets in the real number system

The vast majority of the numbers you’ll use in most math classes are called real numbers, and the whole universe of real numbers is what makes up the Real Number System. Let’s start with a diagram.

Read More
Finding the multiples of a number

It’s helpful to think about multiples and divisibility as two parts of the same idea. We know that 10 is “divisible” by 5 because when we do the division 10/5, the result 2 is a whole number. It’s the fact that the result is a whole number that proves that 10 is divisible by 5.

Read More
Multiplying and dividing fractions

When we multiply fractions, we multiply their numerators to find the numerator of the result, and we multiply their denominators to find the denominator of the result. When we divide fractions, we actually turn the division problem into a multiplication problem by turning the divisor upside down and changing the division symbol to a multiplication symbol at the same time.

Read More
Finding place value of a particular digit

When we talk about place value, we’re talking about the value of the location of a particular digit within a given number (the value of the place where that digit is located within that number). Given any decimal number, place value is what allows us to easily say where each digit of the number is located.

Read More