Variables 01:51 minutes

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Transcript Variables

Sarah is kicking Eric`s butt at a card game. The goal of the game is to make a straight with five cards.

Sarah draws another card. She got lucky, it's a wildcard. Let's have a look at her hand. Sarah has a good hand. She already has a two, three, four, and five. And with the wildcard she's the winner! The wildcard can represent the one card or it can also represent the six card. A wildcard can take on the value of any card in the deck.

Variables in Algebra

In Algebra, there is a concept that is similar to the wildcard. Variables are letters or other symbols used to represent unknown numbers in algebraic equations and expressions.
We can say: A variable is a letter or symbol that represents a quantity that can vary. For example x, y or a or whatever you choose. A variable can represent an unknown number in an equation. In this example subtraction equation, the variable, x, is equal to two.

Using Variables in Algebraic Expressions

Let's see how variables can be used in algebraic expressions.
Imagine you have a smartphone contract. The monthly charge for your cell phone is the fixed, monthly cost plus fifteen dollars per gigabyte of data. The variable x is equal to the number of gigabytes. You can write this as an algebraic expression: 25$ + 15$ · x. With this expression, you can calculate your monthly charge depending on what data plan you need.

Who is the mystery person with whom Sarah keeps texting?

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