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Learn elementary algebra with Smartick. Exercises, theory, tutorials, and teaching resources about algebra for elementary aged children. Here you will find posts about algebra to make learning mathematics easier and more fun.

Jun04

Representing Polynomials with Algebra Tiles

Today we’re going to take a look at a very useful system of representing and working with monomials and polynomials: algebra tiles. They’re very intuitive and easy to use, and we’re currently incorporating them into our platform so that our students have this resource available when working with polynomials in their daily Smartick sessions. If you’re not […]

Feb02

Prime Numbers Activities with Smartick

In previous posts we’ve learned about prime numbers and composite numbers. Today we’re going to look at different sequenced prime numbers activities involving prime numbers that Smartick students work on. We’ve included examples of different types and levels, from identifying whether a number is prime or composite to finding the least common multiple and highest common factor through […]

Jan01

Using Singapore Bars to Solve Algebraic Equations

In today’s post we’re going to learn how to solve algebraic equations using the Singapore bars method. This method helps us to visualize the information graphically when we read an algebraic word problem, which helps us to solve it. Let’s look at an example of how to solve an algebraic problem with and without Singapore bars. Example of an […]

Nov13

Mathematical Symbols to Represent Operations and Relations

Symbols are images that represent something. In general, symbols are determined by their context. In mathematics, symbols generally represent operations or relationships between numbers or values. In this week’s post we’re going to talk about mathematical symbols. There are a lot, so we’re just going to look at the most important. Addition + This is […]

Sep20

Introduction to Equations with an Example

In today’s post we’re going to look at the concept of equations. To start, we’re going to take a look at this situation: “One third of Cecilia’s flowerpots contain daisies, half of them are full of pansies, and the other twelve contain poppies. How many flowerpots does Cecilia have?” Think about it, and see if […]

May24

Learn the Properties of Monomials

In this post, we will look at what monomials are, what their components are and what properties they have. What is a Monomial? A monomial is a combination of numbers and letters related by only multiplication and the exponents of the letters can only be natural numbers. For example: -5ax 3 Is a monomial because […]

Mar30

Learn How to Add Polynomials with Examples

What are polynomials? Before we start adding them, we need to know what they are and what properties they have. It’s important to understand what factors and degrees are, and how to order the terms. If you’re not sure about these concepts, you can read these previous posts about the properties of monomials and properties […]

Jan26

Inverse Proportionality: The Rule of Three Inverse

In this week’s post, we’re going to look at what the rule of three inverse is and how to use it to solve problems. The rule of three is a way to solve proportionality problems. If we are dealing with a direct proportionality, then apply the direct rule of three. If we are dealing with inverse proportionality, […]