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ACOS Objective 5


Translate verbal phrases into algebraic expressions and algebraic expressions into verbal phrases.
  • Exhibiting understanding of a variable as an unknown quantity.

ARMT Possible Points = 4 (MC)
  • Any representation of a rational number may be included in the algebraic equation as a coefficient of a variable or a constant.
  • Word problems/real-life situations will be used for translating verbal phrases into algebraic expressions.
  • No word problems/real-life situations will be used for translating algebraic expressions into verbal phrases.

Sample problems from Item Specs


CMP unit "Variables and Patterns" has some fun experiments to introduce the idea of a variable. Also includes determining patterns from graphs.


Slide1.JPGExploreLearning.com has a great collection of Gizmos, including one on translating equations into English sentences and vice versa. The site requires a membership, but you can use any Gizmo for five minutes free. The Gizmos include an Exploration Guide that gives step-by-step instructions for students to follow.