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High School Mathematics
1.15 Translating Verbal Statements into Algebraic Expressions

Word Phrases Algebraic expressions
The sum of x and 5
x plus 5
x increased by 5
5 added to x
5 more than x
x + 5
The difference of y and 9
y minus 9
y less 9
y decreased by 9
9 less than y
subtract 9 from y
y - 9
The product of 3 and t
3 times t
t multiplied by 3
3t
The quotient of u and 7
u divided by 7
7 divided into u
u/7

Directions: Select the algebraic expression for the following. Also write at least five examples of each of your own.

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High School Mathematics
1.15 Translating Verbal Statements into Algebraic Expressions

Q 1: If x is a positive number, which expression is greater, x + 12 or x + 17?
neither
depends on the value of x
x + 12
x + 17

Q 2: 2x + 3x + x is same as:
5x
7x
4x
6x

Q 3: What does (x + y) mean?
the sum of a number x and a number y
x is greater than y
the product of x and y
the difference between a number x and a number y

Q 4: Mary scored x points in a game. Her friend Anna scored 5 points less than her. Which expression describes Anna's score?
x / 5
5x
x - 5
x + 5

Q 5: Which expression means the product of 8 and a number b?
8 - b
8 + b
8 / b
8 x b

Q 6: Choose the expression that means 3 fewer than number m.
m + 3
m - 3
m / 3
m x 3

Q 7: The expression 1.5 + x means:
1.5 decreased by x
1.5 increased by x
the product of 1.5 and x
1.5 less than x

Q 8: Choose the expression that means the difference between 11 and the number b.
11 - b
b - 11
11 + b
11 / b

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