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By Martin Erickson

Every mathematician (beginner, novice, alike) thrills to discover basic, stylish strategies to doubtless tricky difficulties. Such chuffed resolutions are known as ``aha! solutions,'' a word popularized via arithmetic and technological know-how author Martin Gardner. Aha! strategies are spectacular, beautiful, and scintillating: they show the wonderful thing about mathematics.

This ebook is a suite of issues of aha! suggestions. the issues are on the point of the school arithmetic scholar, yet there can be whatever of curiosity for the highschool pupil, the instructor of arithmetic, the ``math fan,'' and an individual else who loves mathematical challenges.

This assortment comprises 100 difficulties within the parts of mathematics, geometry, algebra, calculus, chance, quantity conception, and combinatorics. the issues begin effortless and customarily get more challenging as you move during the ebook. a couple of strategies require using a working laptop or computer. a tremendous characteristic of the booklet is the bonus dialogue of comparable arithmetic that follows the answer of every challenge. This fabric is there to entertain and let you know or aspect you to new questions. for those who do not take into account a mathematical definition or idea, there's a Toolkit behind the booklet that may help.

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2. Multiply the coefficients: (14)(8) = 112. Each term has a base of u, so your answer has a base of u. Next, add the exponents of u from each term. Remember, if a base appears to have no exponent, then it has an exponent of 1. 1 + 4 = 5. (14u)(8u4) = 112u5. 3. Multiply the coefficients: (–3)(–1) = 3. Each term has a base of y, so your answer has a base of y. Next, add the exponents of y from each term: 9 + 9 = 18. (–3y9)(–y9) = 3y18. 4. Multiply the coefficients: (10)(–2) = –20. Each term has a base of g and a base of h, so your answer has both g and h in it.

The first term has bases of j, k, and l and the second term has bases of l, m, and n, so your answer has bases of j, k, l, m, and n. Next, add the exponents of l from each term: 4 + 4 = 8. The exponent of l in your answer is 8. Finally, because the bases j, k, l, m, and n each appear in only one term, their exponents are carried right into your answer: (–5j7k7l4)(11l4mn9) = –55j7k7l8mn9. 7. Multiply the coefficients: (–10)(–12) = 120. The first term has a base of p and the second term has bases of q and r, so your answer has bases of p, q, and r.

42m2n–2o5)(6mn2) = –7mn–4o5. qxd:JSB 12/18/08 11:45 AM Page 47 L E S S O N 4 single-variable expressions “Obvious” is the most dangerous word in mathematics. —ERIC TEMPLE BELL (1883–1960) MATHEMATICIAN AND SCIENCE FICTION AUTHOR In this lesson, you’ll review the order of operations and learn how to evaluate algebraic expressions. THE ADDITION SENTENCE 3x + 7x, or even just 3x alone is an algebraic expression. An algebraic expression is one or more terms, at least one of which contains a variable, which may or may not contain an operation (such as addition or multiplication).

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