Writing and Evaluating Expressions with Addition and Subtraction
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Evaluating algebraic expressions is crucial for simplifying expressions and making algebraic expressions more meaningful. Various realworld problems like solving for the perimeter of a specific region or moneyrelated transactions make use of evaluating algebraic expressions using addition or subtraction. Learn how to write and evaluate algebraic expressions involving addition and subtraction by helping three neighborhood kids, dressed as a witch, a scarecrow, and a pumpkin for Halloween, exchange treats in order to satisfy their favorite candy cravings. Common Core Reference: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2
Transcript Writing and Evaluating Expressions with Addition and Subtraction
Spooky! Is this a horror movie? No, it’s just Halloween in the 'burbs! It seems like the neighborhood kids really scored at trickortreating. But although their bags are full of treats, not every treat is their favorite. So the kids want to exchange with each other. The witch is jubilant for jelly beans, the scarecrow salivates for sour sweets and the pumpkin is partial to peppermint. To exchange for the treats they really want, these kids need to know how to write and evaluate expressions using addition and subtraction. Before the trickortreaters can exchange their goodies they have to figure out who has what candy. How many bags of sour sweets does the scarecrow have?
Preparation  addition in expressions
Let’s get organized by writing the information we know. The scarecrow has 6 more bags of sour sweets than the pumpkin and the pumpkin has 5 bags of sour sweets. So, to calculate out how many bags of sour sweets the scarecrow has, we turn these words into a mathematical expression. The keyword “more” helps us know that we should add 6 to the number of treats the pumpkin has. We know the pumpkin has 5 sour sweets, so we can replace the words with 5. This gives us 6 plus 5, which equals 11 sour sweets. This means that the Scarecrow has 11 of his favorite sweets in total. We still have more candy left. The witch has 3 packs of jelly beans. The pumpkin has 6 more packs than the witch does. Then, the pumpkin receives 7 packs of jelly beans from the scarecrow. Now, how many more packs will the pumpkin have than the witch? Let's work the problem stepbystep to translate words to numbers and operations. As we know, the witch has 3 packs of jelly beans. And earlier we said that the pumpkin has 6 more. Saying 'more' means we should use the addition operation to get the number of packs of jelly beans the pumpkin has. Since we already know the witch has 3 packs of jelly beans, we can just substitute that in our expression and evaluate. Since the pumpkin receives 7 packs of jelly beans from the scarecrow, we can add that to our earlier sum and get 16.
Solution  subtraction in expressions
Have we solved the question? Not yet. Since the question asked how many more jelly beans the pumpkin has than the witch, we'll have to subtract the witch's packs of jelly beans from the pumpkin's. This gives us 13. The pumpkin has 13 more packs of jelly beans than the witch. Now that everyone's happy with their treats. What’s that sound? There's a rustling in the bushes. Every man for himself!
Writing and Evaluating Expressions with Addition and Subtraction exercise

Determine the total number of bags of sour sweets the scarecrow has.
HintsIf Peter has $8$ candies and Paul has $2$ candies more candles than Peter, then Paul has $10$ candies.
More than indicates that the number of bags of sour sweets that the scarecrows has is greater than the number of bags the pumpkin has.
Imagine this situation as follows: you have $6$ bags of sour sweets and you put $5$ more bags with those $6$ bags.
SolutionHow many bags of sour sweets does the scarecrow have:
The scarecrow has $6$ more bags of sour sweets than the pumpkin.
The keyword more indicates addition.
So we have to add the number of bags the pumpkin has to $6$.
We already know the number of pumpkins bags, it's $5$.
Thus, we have $6+5=11$.
The scarecrow has eleven bags of sour sweets.

Establish the corresponding algebraic expression.
HintsMore than indicates addition. The pumpkin has more jelly bean packs than the witch.
Also the word receives is a keyword for addition.
The pumpkin already has a certain number of jelly bean packs and he gets $7$ more packs.
If you want to know how many more packs the pumpkin has, then take the difference.
Pay attention to the order: while you can use the commutative property for addition, $a+b=b+a$, it is the case that $ab\neq ba$.
SolutionThe witch has three packs of jelly beans. So this is the number to put into the first row.
The pumpkin has $6$ more packs than the witch and receives $7$ packs from the scarecrow; we can proceed as follows:
 Add $6$ to $3$. This leads to $6+3=9$.
 Next add $7$ to the resulting sum, $9$, to get $9+7=16$.
So the pumpkin has $13$ more packs of jelly beans than the witch.

Find the mistakes in the calculation.
HintsFirst look at the keywords:
 More than indicates addition.
 In total implies addition as well.
 Take away indicates subtraction.
Pay attention to the order.
There is a difference between $42=2$ and $24=2$.
Check the expressions by evaluating them. Next check if the result coincides with the word problem.
SolutionTo write a word problem as an algebraic expression you have to detect keywords.
 Tim has eaten $3$ muffins. Gina has eaten $4$ muffins more.
 Tim has eaten $3$ muffins and Gina has eaten $2$ muffins.
So, in total they have eaten $3+2=5$ muffins.
 Tim has eaten $3$ muffins and Gina has eaten $2$ muffins. How many muffins more has Tim eaten than Gina?
$32=1$.
So we can conclude that Tim has eaten $1$ more muffin than Gina.
 Gina has eaten $4$ muffins. If you take away $2$ muffins you get the number of muffins eaten by Tim.
Tim has eaten $2$ muffins.

Decide how many more muffins Ben has eaten than Jerry.
HintsMore than indicates addition. The number of Ben's muffins is greater than the number of Jerry's muffins.
Pay attention to the order:
While you can use the commutative property, $a+b=b+a$, note that $ab\neq ba$.
Give away indicates subtraction.
SolutionLet's start with Jerry's $4$ Muffins. Ben has $2$ muffins more. This gives us $4+2=6$ muffins.
The $8$ muffins from aunt Mary should be added to the $6$ muffins we already have:
$6+8=14$.
Now Ben gives $5$ away to his friend Paul. This reduces the number of muffins to
$145=9$ muffins.
Last we want to know how many muffins Ben has more than Jerry. For this we have to subtract $4$, the number of Jerry's muffins, from $9$. This results in $94=5$.
So we can conclude that Ben has $5$ Muffins more than Jerry.

Decide which keyword belongs to which operation.
HintsCreate an example for each given keyword.
For example, Paul has $4$ books and Anne has $3$ books more than Paul.
So Anna has $7$ books.
Keep the following in mind:
 Summand $+$ summand $=$ sum. The corresponding operation is addition.
 Minuend $$ subtrahend $=$ difference. The corresponding operation is subtraction.
 $+$ is the plussign for addition.
 $$ is the minussign for subtraction.
SolutionTo write and to evaluate algebraic expressions you first have to recognize keywords for the corresponding operation.
The following are some keywords for addition:
 add
 altogether
 more than
 both
 in all
 in total
 sum
 difference
 fewer than
 left
 minus
 remains
 subtract

Identify the unknown quantity in each word problem. Write the corresponding expression down and evaluate it.
HintsFirst determine the corresponding algebraic expression or equation using keywords.
Put the value for the variable in the corresponding expression.
Solve an equation if it's possible.
Just have a look at the example beside.
SolutionSarah and Erin: Sarah has been swimming for $4$ years more than Erin, $e$. This leads to $4+e$. If we know the number of years Erin swims, namely $5$ years, we can determine the corresponding number of years Sarah has been swimming: $4+5=9$.
The Braves scored $3$ fewer runs than the reds; this leads to $r3$. With the known runs of the reds, $7$, we can calculate $73=4$, the number of Braves runs.
Paul counts the number of the visitors of Matteo's taco bar. There are $2$ more males than females. This leads to $f+2$. If the number of female visitors, namely $23$, is known, then this gives us the number $23+2=25$ of male visitors.
Matteo and Lucy practice $m+l$ word problems together. The total number of tasks is $22$. Thus we get the equation $m+l=22$. Knowing that Matteo does $13$ tasks we can follow $13+l=22$. Subtracting $13$ leads to $l=2213=9$.