# MCAS Algebra Relations and Patterns - Review

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1 Examples: Expressions Ex 1. Simplify ( 3x 7) (4x 3). MCAS Algebra Relations and Patterns - Review 3x 7 1(4x 3) 3x 7 4x + 3 3x 4x The first set of parentheses are not necessary. Replace the negative sign in the front of the second group with a -1. Distribute the -1 through the second parentheses. The signs will change. Group together the like terms before you combine. x 4 Combine like terms and you are done! Answer: x 4 Ex 2. Expand and simplify the expression ( 6 + x) 2. ( 6 + x) 6 + x ( ) Write the binomial twice. = x + 6x + x 2 Distribute the first group through the second, one term at a time. = x x + 36 Combine like terms. Order by decreasing power of x. Answer: x x + 36

2 Ex 3. Which of the following expressions is equivalent to the one shown below? ( x 4) ( 2x + 7) A. 2x 2 28 B. 2x 2 x 28 C. 2x 2 + x 28 D. 2x 2 + x 11 Multiply out: x 4 ( ) 2x + 7 ( ) = 2x 2 + 7x 8x 28 = 2x 2 x 28. Answer: B Ex 4. Which of the following expressions is equivalent to the one shown below? ( d 5 + 4d 3 8d) ( d 5 + d 1) A. 2d 5 + 4d 3 9d 1 B. 4d 6 9d 2 1 C. 4d 3 9d + 1 D. 4d 3 7d + 1 First distribute the negative into the second parentheses: d 5 + 4d 3 8d d 5 d + 1 Next, combine like terms: 4d 3 9d + 1. Answer: C

3 Linear Functions The formula for finding the slope of a line given two points is: m = y 2 y 1 x 2 x 1. This is an algebraic formula for the statement that slope = rise change in y = run change in x. When looking at a line from left to right, a positive slope goes up, a negative slope goes down, a zero slope is horizontal and an undefined (or no slope) is vertical. positive slope negative slope zero slope undefined (no slope)!!

4 The slope-intercept form for the equation of a line is: y = mx + b, where m is the slope and b is the y-intercept. Take any linear function, such as 2x + 5y = 10, and solve for y in terms of x, and the equation will now be in slope-intercept form. This form is helpful to use when graphing. 2x + 5y = 10 5y = 2x + 10 original linear equation Subtract 2x from both sides. y = 2 5 x + 2 Solve for y in terms of x. m = 2 5, b = 2 the slope is the coefficient of x, and the y-intercept is the constant To graph a line once it is in slope-intercept form, first plot the y-intercept of the line. This is where the line crosses the y-axis, and its coordinates are (0, b). Next, use the y-intercept as a starting point, and advance to another point on the line using its slope. The slope should be considered a ratio of rise over run. The numerator of the fraction tells you how many units to move in a vertical direction. If the numerator is positive, you move upward, and if it is negative, you move downward. The denominator of the fraction tells you how many units to move in a horizontal direction. If the denominator is positive you move to the right, and if it is negative, you move to the left. The point slope form for the equation of a line is: ( y y 1 ) = m( x x 1 ), where m is the ( ) is any point that you know is on that line. This form is helpful to use when x slope and 1, y 1 you need to write the equation of a line and you do not know the y-intercept. Horizontal lines have equations that are in the form y = k, where k is any constant. For example, the line y = 3 is a horizontal line whose y value is always 3, while the x coordinates change. Vertical lines have equations that are in the form x = k, where k is any constant. For example, the line x = 2 is a vertical line whose x value is always 2, while the y coordinates change.

5 A function of the form f(x) = mx + b is called a linear function, because all the (x, y) pairs that make the sentence true fall on a straight line. The highest power of a variable in a linear function is one. Let s look at the function f(x) = 2x 5 used above. To graph this, we can generate a table of values, where y = 2x 5. You can randomly select the x-values, but be sure to use the function to compute the corresponding y-values. x y = 2x 5 y 1 y = 2( 1) y = 2(0) y = 2(3) y = 2(4) y = 2(5) 5 5 An inequality is similar to an equation, except you will see a symbol other than =. Other possible symbols when reading an algebraic sentence from left to right are: < less than less than or equal to > greater than greater than or equal to There may be an infinite number of solutions, so you will often need to graph your solution on a number line. The shaded section of the line indicates all the x values that make up the solution. A filled-in circle is used when the number is part of the solution, and an open circle is used when the number is not part of the solution. x < 3 x > 3 x 3 x Linear Inequalities: Solve linear inequalities as you would an equation, with the only exception that you will flip the inequality symbol when you multiply or divide the inequality by a negative number. Flip the sign 3x > 18 3x 3 > 18 3 x < 6 Do not flip the sign 3x > 18 3x 3 > 18 3 x > 6

6 Examples: Linear Functions Ex 1. Graph the line 3x + 2y = 8 First solve for y to put the equation in slope-intercept form. 3x + 2y = 8 2y = 3x + 8 y = 3 2 x + 4 The y-intercept of the line is 4 and the slope is 3. To graph, first plot the point (0, 4). From 2 there, move down three units and to the right 2 units to plot your second point. Connect the points to form your line y down right x

7 Ex 2. The table below indicates a relationship between x and y. Write an equation for y in terms of x. x y For each constant change in x, there is a corresponding constant change in y. Here, as x goes up by two units, y increases by four. This indicates a linear relationship between x and y. First find the slope choosing any pair of points. Your choice will not change the value of the slope. The slope between any two points on a line is the same. (2, 7) and (6, 15) Choose two points. m = y 2 y 1 x 2 x 1 = = 8 4 = 2 Compute the slope using the formula. There are now two ways to arrive at your equation of the line. The first involves using the point slope formula for the equation of a line: y y 1 slope-intercept formula for the equation of a line: Point-Slope Formula( y y 1 ) = m( x x 1 ). Use your slope and any point on the line. ( ) = m( x x 1 ), and the second involves using the ( y y 1 ) = m( x x 1 ) ( y 15) = 2(x 6) Plug in your value of m = 2, and a point such as (6, 15). y 15 = 2x 12 Distribute the 2. y = 2x + 3 Add 15 to both sides to solve for y.

8 Slope-Intercept formula: y = mx + b Use your slope and any point on the line. Substitute the point for x and y in the equation and solve for b. y = mx + b 15 = 2(6) + b Plug in your value of m = 2, and a point such as (6, 15). 15 = 12 + b 3 = b Solve for b. Rewrite the equation for any point (x, y): y = 2x + 3 Answer: y = 2x + 3 Use the table below to answer question Example 3. x y a Ex 3. A linear relationship between x and y is shown in the above table. What is the value of a? A. a = 3 B. a = 5 C. a = 12 D. a = 14 Try to find the linear equation y = mx + b that relates the numbers in the table. If you can t think of it, compute the slope using any two points (x, y). Try (3, 7) and (2, 4). The slope is = 3. You now know that the multiple, or slope, of x is 3. This means that 1 y = 3x + b. The table actually gives you the y-intercept. It is the point (0, 2). If you did not notice this, plug one of your points into the formula y = mx + b and solve for b. For example, plugging in the point (3, 7) you get: 3(3) + b = 7, and b equals 2. Next use the formula y = 3x 2 to find the value of y when x = 4. Solving, you get: y = 3( 4) 2 = 12 2 = 14, so a = 14. Answer: D

9 Ex 4. A plumber uses the following formula to determine how much to charge for doing a job. C is the total charge in dollars, and h is the number of hours of work required to complete the job. C = 30h + 14 This formula indicates that for every additional hour the plumber works, the total charge is increased by A. \$14 B. \$30 C. \$44 D. \$420 The fixed rate in this problem is \$14 and for each hour that the plumber works, the charge is increased by \$30. You know that \$30 is the correct answer because it is the amount that is multiplied by h, the hours worked. Answer: B Ex 5. The table below indicates a linear relationship between x and y. Based on the indicated relationship, which of the numbers below belongs in place of the question mark in the table? x y ? A. 14 B. 16 C. 18 D. 20

10 The slope of the line is calculated with the following formula: change in y change in x = y y 2 1. x 2 x 1 You can use any two points to calculate the slope. Using (1, 6) and (2, 8), the slope is: 8 6 = 2. In point slope form, the equation of the line is y 6 = 2(x 1). 2 1 To find the y value when x = 8, plug 8 into the equation. Now, y 6 = 2(8 1) y 6 = 2(7) y 6 = 14 y = 20. Notice that for each 1 unit increase in x, y increases by 2. You could simply complete the table: x y Answer: D Ex 6. Which graph below represents the solution set for the inequality 6 2x 14? A B C D Remember to flip the sign in the step where you divide by a negative number. 6 2x 14 2x 8 x 4. The graph in answer choice C is correct. Answer: C

11 Patterns Review A pattern is a sequence, or list, where terms are generated by some sort of rule. Some patterns are easier to recognize than others. Consider the sequence: 2, 5, 8, 11, 14,... The way to start a pattern problem is to look for the difference between terms that are next to each other. Here, you may notice there is a common difference of 3 between each two terms. If you were asked for the eighth term in the pattern, you could arrive at the answer in one of two different ways. 1. You could simply add 3 to each successive term until you ve reached the eighth term. When counting, the 2 would be considered the first term. 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23 8th term 2. You can also try to come up with the rule which compares the order number, n, of each term in the sequence and the actual term itself, called an. For example, for a third term n would be equal to 3, and the term s value would be a3. In the table below, since the third term is equal to 8, a3 = 8. Generating a table of values to may help you figure out the rule. n n an n 1 Computing the 8th term is as easy as plugging in the number 8 for n into the rule. rule: an= 3n 1 a8= 3(8) 1 = 24 1 = 23. So why would you ever choose the second method? Consider if you were asked for the 80th term instead of the 8th. It would take you an awfully long time to list all 80 terms by counting, right? But look how easy it would be if you used your formula: an= 3n 1 a80= 3(80) 1 = = 239.

12 Arithmetic Sequences: The sequence you just looked at was an example of an arithmetic sequence. An arithmetic sequence is a pattern in which there is a constant difference between each pair of terms. In the last example, this difference was 3. The formula for the nth term will be a linear equation of the form: an = mn + b. This may remind you of a linear function. In general, you can come up with the formula if you follow the rules: a n = a 1 + ( n 1)d Here, a 1 is the value of the first term, n is the order number of the term in the sequence (the first term would have the value n = 1, etc.) and d is the common difference between the terms in the sequence. The last example would look like: a 8 = 2 + ( 8 1) ( 3) = = 23 Linear Patterns: x y A linear relationship between x and y is shown in the above table. This table is similar to the tables in the Linear Functions section of this chapter. Notice that there is a common difference of 3 between each term in this sequence. When there is a constant difference, the pattern is linear or arithmetic, as shown above.

13 Quadratic Patterns: Next consider the sequence: 0, 3, 8, 15, 24, 35,... There is no common difference between each pair of terms: , 3, 8, 15, 24, 35,... You may notice the pattern which forms the sequence, and be able to generate the next term if you know the previous terms. Here, the number added to each subsequent term increases by 2 each time. If you need to find a formula for an given the order number, n, try looking for a second set of differences. Notice here that they are constantly , 3, 8, 15, 24, 35,... If the second set of differences is constant, in this case 2, then the pattern can be modeled with a quadratic function. This means that the formula for finding an will involve an n 2. The formula for the pattern above is a n = n2 1. The table may help you see this: n n an n 2 1 In general, finding a quadratic relationship can be pretty difficult. Most likely, you will only have to compare formulas given to you in the answer choices against values in a table. Geometric Sequences: Geometric sequences are patterns in which consecutive terms have a common ratio. This means that you could multiply each term by a certain number to get the next term. For example, the common ratio in the following sequence is the number 3. 2, 6, 18, 54, 162, The sixth term in the sequence would be = 486. In general, the formula for the value of the nth term is a n = a 1 ir n 1 where a 1 is the value of the first term, r is the common ratio between each pair of terms, and n 1 is one less than the order number of the term you are working on. For the pattern listed above, the formula would be: a n = 2i3 n 1 Finding the sixth term would amount to calculating: a 6 = 2i3 6 1 = 2i3 5 = = 486.

14 Examples: Patterns Ex 1. What is the eighth term in the pattern below? A. 23 B. 24 C. 31 D. 43 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 18,... This pattern does not have a common difference between the terms, but it appears as though you increase the amount you add by 1 each time. Since the 8th term is only two terms away, do not bother to come up with a formula. Simply add 6 and then , 6, 9, 13, 18, 24, 31 The formula happens to be a n = 1 2 n2 1 n + 3, but you would not be required to come up with 2 that on your own! Answer: C Ex 2. The first five terms in a geometric sequence are shown below. 4, 12, 36, 108, 324,... What is the next term in the sequence? A. 540 B. 648 C. 972 D Each number in the sequence is 3 times as great as the number before it. To find the next term, multiply 324 by 3. Answer: C

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