Week 1 Discussion: Algebra Foundations
Week 1 Discussion: Algebra Foundations
Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
 OpenStax Textbook Readings
 Lesson in Canvas
 Assignments in Knewton
 Unit Conversions in the US System
 Unit Conversions in the Metric System
 Unit Conversion Between Systems
 Rewrite English Phrases into Algebraic Expressions
 Algebraic Expressions and Applications with Integers
 Solve Equations with the Subtraction and Addition Properties of Equality
 Solve Equations with the Division and Multiplication Properties of Equality
 Distance, Rate, and Time and Literal Equations
Initial Post Instructions
As we jump into the world of Algebra, it is important to discuss how math, specifically Algebra, is used in the realworld.
Search for videos from Ted Ed showing the realworld value of mathematics. Choose a video to watch and then provide a oneparagraph summary (34 sentences) of the video in your own words. Be sure to discuss the math concept used.
FollowUp Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers in a substantive, contentspecific way. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.
Writing Requirements
 Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 followup) with first post by Wednesday
 APA format for intext citations and list of references
Grading
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:
 Link (webpage): Discussion Guidelines
Part two
Use Integers in Applications
Use Integers in Applications
We’ll outline a plan to solve applications. It’s hard to find something if we don’t know what we’re looking for or what to call it! So when we solve an application, we first need to determine what the problem is asking us to find. Then we’ll write a phrase that gives the information to find it. We’ll translate the phrase into an expression and then simplify the expression to get the answer. Finally, we summarize the answer in a sentence to make sure it makes sense.
Example 1: How to Apply a Strategy to Solve Applications with Integers 
Question:
The temperature in Urbana, Illinois, one morning was 11 degrees. By midafternoon, the temperature had dropped to −9 degrees. What was the difference of the morning and afternoon temperatures? Solution: Step 1. Read the problem. Make sure all the words and ideas are understood. Step 2. Identify what we are asked to find. the difference of the morning and afternoon temperatures Step 3. Write a phrase that gives the information to find it. the difference of 11 and −9 Step 4. Translate the phrase to an expression. 11−(−9) Step 5. Simplify the expression. 20 Step 6. Write a complete sentence that answers the question. The difference in temperatures was 20 degrees. 
How ToApply a Strategy to Solve Applications with Integers

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