algebraic expression

Algebra tiles are a powerful manipulatives to understand algebraic expressions in single variable up to degree 2. They prevent some misconceptions and can be used all the way till middle-term factorization. They can be easily made from cardboard boxes.

Algebraic expressions are mathematical sentences such as 3x + 4. They do not have an equals sign (=), which makes them different from algebraic equations. Algebraic expressions play an important role in the mathematics curriculum and in mathematics in general. In order to progress and do well in mathematics, students need to be able to read and write expressions, and to be skilled in computations and manipulations of algebraic expressions.
 
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