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Algebra and Functions

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Treat expressions such as a + b as a single quantity in linear problem situations (e.g., solving 2(a + b) = 6 to find the value of a + b)

SKILL 2: Verify that a value is a solution to a linear or quadratic equation (e.g., substitute and simplify)

  1. 1

    Treat expressions such as a + b as a single quantity in linear problem situations (e.g., solving 2(a + b) = 6 to find the value of a + b)

    Example

    If (4 times (t+u)) + 3 = 19, then t + u =

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  2. 2

    Verify that a value is a solution to a linear or quadratic equation (e.g., substitute and simplify)

    Example

    If (t^2) minus 16 = 0 and t greater than 0, then t =

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Skills needed to score in the next band

Use function notation in simple situations (e.g., evaluation)

Use variables in multistep abstract settings (e.g., apply the distributive property across several variables)

Solve problems involving positive-integer exponents

Solve word problems involving linear relationships

Substitute values in and simplify systems of equations in two variables

Solve two-step linear equations

Evaluate an operation in two variables represented by unfamiliar symbols

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