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Mathematics — GlossaryMathematics GlossaryA Mathematics Toolkit, including curriculum guidance materials and resources is located on theDepartment’s Web site. Please see: Mathematics Toolkit for Grades st/math/toolkit.html Mathematics Toolkit Grades kit.html#gradeTermDefinitionAddThe combining of two or more quantities to find a sum.Algebraic (orNumeric) equationsor inequalitiesEquation: mathematical sentence (numeric/algebraic) where the left side ofthe equal sign has the same value as the right side. Example: 6 4 10Inequality: mathematical sentence (numeric/algebraic) built from expressionsusing one or more of the symbols , , , , and/or . Example: x – 3 4Note regarding equations or inequalities:(also referred to as asentence)An equation or inequality is made up of two or more expressions. It must bepresented, written, shown, etc., in a horizontal format.Examples:4 x 10; a b c d; 2 3 7; 4 – 1 1 1; 5 5 n; 4 n 7 A verbal sentence is given in words, for example, “the sum of eight anda number equals twenty-eight.” A written sentence is given in words and/or numbers, for example, “8plus some number is 28.” An algebraic sentence is the translation of a verbal expression intonumbers and/or variables (letters) and operation symbol(s); forexample, “8 n 28” is the algebraic expression of the verbal andwritten expressions given above. Note: A variable can be used oneither side of the equality/inequality sign.Examples: 5 – x 2 or 2 5 – x or 5 – 2 x A numeric sentence is a mathematical combination made frommathematical symbols.Examples: 5 5 10; 1 1 0 2; (6 –1) 3 25;30 30 30 40 2Note regarding translating:The student must show/select the numeric/algebraic equation (sentence). Forthe translated equation to be considered correct, it must be horizontal.Note regarding evaluating, solving, or simplifying:The equation must be presented horizontally; however, the student may solvethe equation by putting it into a vertical (working) format before indicating theanswer. For further information, see Evaluate/Solve an expression(numeric/algebraic) and equation (numeric/algebraic) (also referred to as “findthe value”) or Simplify an expression (numeric/algebraic) and equation(numeric/algebraic).Page 1 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionAlgebraic (orNumeric) expressionMathematical expression (numeric/algebraic): one mathematical symbol or agroup of symbols representing a number or quantity. It may include numbers,variables, constants, operators, and grouping symbols. One side of anequation is also an expression. Generally, an expression does not contain anequality symbol ( ) except when comparing or evaluating/finding thevalue/solving/simplifying.(also referred to as aphrase)Note regarding expressions:An expression must be presented, written, shown, etc., in a horizontal format.Examples:25 5; 10 – 6; 7 1 1; 8x 4; 3m 4b; 5 5; 2 8 – 4; 10 – 3 – (2 4) A verbal expression is given in words, for example, “the sum of ten anda number.” A written expression is given in words and/or numbers, for example,“some number plus 10.” An algebraic expression is the translation of a verbal expression intonumbers and/or variables (letters) and operation symbol(s); forexample, “x 10” is the algebraic expression of the verbal and writtenexpressions given above. A numeric expression is a mathematical combination made frommathematical symbols. Examples: – 6 4; 3 4; (10 10) 3;1 1 1Note regarding translating:The student must show/select the numeric/algebraic expression (phrase). Forthe translated expression to be considered correct, it must be horizontal anddoes not include an sign. Also, the student only needs to translate theverbal/written expression; the student does not need to solve it.Note regarding translating verbal or written expressions (phrases) intoalgebraic expressions, given word problems:One of the steps of solving a word problem is deciding on the plan—decidingthe correct operation and which numbers and/or variables to use— thus,translating the words into mathematical expressions. In this case, the studentdoes not need to solve the problem, just develop the plan to solve it byshowing/selecting the appropriate expression in horizontal format. Theexpression does not have to include an sign to be considered correct.Note regarding evaluating, solving, or simplifying:The expression must be presented horizontally; however, the student may putit into a vertical (working) format before indicating the answer. For furtherinformation, see Evaluate/Solve an expression (numeric/algebraic) andequation (numeric/algebraic) (also referred to as “find the value”) or Simplifyan expression (numeric/algebraic) and equation (numeric/algebraic).Analog clockA clock, usually with a round face, twelve numbers, and at least two hands(one pointing to the hour and the other pointing to the minute).AngleThe union of two rays and their common endpoint.Page 2 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionAngles (acute,obtuse, right, andstraight)A pair of rays sharing a common end point. Three types of angles are:Acute: An angle measuring less than 90 degrees.Obtuse: An angle measuring more than 90 degrees.Right: An angle measuring 90 degrees.Straight: An angle measuring 180 degrees.AreaThe extent of a 2-dimensional surface that is enclosed within a boundary. Forrectangles, area is found by multiplying the length by the width. It is alsoacceptable to find area by adding the total number of unit squares (defined inUnit Square) that cover the region.ArrayA set of objects or numbers arranged in order, commonly in rows andcolumns.AttributeA characteristic of an object. Example: sorting by color when playing a sortinggameExample:Attributes may include shape, size, number of sides, number of angles,texture, weight, density.Axes on a graphx-axis: the horizontal line on the coordinate plane that intersects at the originwith the y-axis.y-axis: the vertical line on the coordinate plane that intersects at the originwith the x-axis.Example:Bar graphA graph that uses horizontal or vertical bars to represent numbers in a set ofdata.Examples:3152101501230Page 3 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics51015

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionBase 10 BlocksBlocks that show the base 10 number system. Include single unit cubes, rodsof 10, plates of 100, and cubes of 1,000.Biased dataData gathered from a sample that is not representative of the entirepopulation that is being sampled.Note regarding biased and unbiased data:If the sample is representative of the entire population being sampled, thatdata are unbiased. It is important to note that bias, or the lack thereof in a setof data, results from how the data were collected, and not from the datathemselves.Box and WhiskerPlot (Box Plot)A method of visually displaying a distribution of data values by usingthe median, quartiles, and extremes of the data set. The box shows themiddle 50% of the data.Example:CapacityThe maximum amount that a container can hold (volume).ChartA tool for providing graphical, tabular, or diagrammatical information;generally, it contains data displayed in a visual representation. It is often alsocalled a graph. See Graph or Table.Examples: a pie chart, a column chart, a bar chart, a line chartCircleA collection of points connected in a plane that are all the same distance froma fixed point.CollectTo gather information by using surveys, observations, etc.Common factorsNumbers that are factors of two or more numbers.Example: The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. The factors of 10 are 1,2, 5, and 10. The common factors of 12 and 10 are 1 and 2.Commutativeprinciple (addition ormultiplication)The principle that states that numbers may be added or multiplied in anyorder. This term is also referred to as the commutative property, law, or rule.Commutativeproperty of additionThe property that states that the sum stays the same when the order of theaddends is changed.Example: 6 4 4 6CompareTo examine two or more objects, numbers, etc. in order to note similaritiesand differences.Page 4 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionCompare numbersGiven two numbers, determine if one number is greater than, less than, orequal to the other number.ComplementaryanglesA pair of angles whose measures have a sum of 90 .Concrete objectSee Manipulative.Congruent anglesAngles that have the same measure. If one angle is placed on top of another,they are congruent if they fit exactly.Congruent figuresFigures that have the same shape and same size.Example:Congruent sides of atriangleThe sides of a triangle that are equal in length.ContrastTo compare in order to show unlikeliness or differences.ConversionThe process of changing into a different form or property. An example isperforming a conversion from inches to feet.Coordinate systemA system that uses coordinates (x, y) to establish position.Coordinate gridA two-dimensional system in which the coordinates of a point are itsdistances from the origin (the location where the two axes intersect).Coordinate planeSee Coordinate GridCoordinatesAn ordered pair of numbers that identifies an exact location of a point orobject on a grid, coordinate plane, or map written as (x, y).Example:The coordinates of the point in the example on the graph are (3, 2).Coordinates can be letters (C, G), numbers (2, 3), or a combination (1, K).CreateAll words that can refer to the act of writing and include the creation of originalmaterial, possibly by voice; by organizing or shaping information or ideas;and/or by using objects, visual language (selecting pictures, symbols, etc., toconvey information), sign language (American Sign Language (ASL) or othergestural communication system), stamping, and any communication aidssuch as a voice synthesizer or speech-generating device that has audiblespeech output, from single switch through computer-based options, tocommunicate ideas, choices, or information.Customary units oflength (not inclusive)Miles, yards, feet, inches.Page 5 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionCustomary units ofliquid capacity (notinclusive)Cups, pints, , quarts, gallons, cubic inches, cubic yards.Customary units ofmass (not inclusive)Tons, pounds, ounces.DataInformation that has been collected, such as from a survey. For furtherinformation, see Qualitative Data or Quantitative Data.Page 6 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionDenominationAs related to money, the value of currency amounts. The most commondenominations are 1, 5, and 10 bills. Today, our government also prints 20, 50, and 100 bills.Example: If you have a 5 bill and a 1 bill, the two bills are differentdenominations.DenominatorThe bottom number of a fraction, which represents the number of parts thewhole is divided into. In the fraction ¼, the 4 is the denominator.Digital clockA clock that gives the time by using numbers and a colon.Example: 3:30DilationA transformation in which all distances are proportionally lengthened by acommon factor.Example:DisplayTo show or exhibit data in an organized manner by using tables, graphs, etc.DivideSeparating a number into equal groups.EquationSee Algebraic (or Numeric) equations or inequalities (also referred to as asentence).Equilateral triangleA triangle whose three sides (and angles) are all congruent (equal in length).EquivalentEqual in value or able to be placed in a one-to-one correspondence.EvaluateTo figure out or to find an answer by computing. For example: To evaluate 3 4 7 would be to figure out the answer to the expression.Evaluate/Solve anexpression(numeric/algebraic)and equation(numeric/algebraic)(also referred to as“find the value”)To find a numerical value for an expression, to ‘work it out.’Note regarding presentation of expression/equation:FactorOne of two or more numbers that are multiplied together to get anothernumber.An expression/equation must be presented to the student horizontally, but thestudent may rewrite it/represent it vertically (in a working format) to solve it.Example: 3 and 4 are factors of 12 because 3 4 12First quadrantThe quadrant located in the upper right portion of the coordinate plane. In thefirst quadrant, both the x- and y-coordinates are positive numbers.Page 8 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermFractionDefinitionaA number in the form b or a b where a is called the numerator and b iscalled the denominator. A fraction names a part of a whole or a part of a2collection. Example: The shaded portion represents 3 of the circle.In the fraction, 2 is the numerator and 3 is the denominator.Frequency chartA table that lists the categories of data and shows the number of times eachcategory occurs. Some ways that a frequency chart can be presented arewith tally or tally marks (see example below), numbers, bars, X’s.Example:FunctionA mathematical relationship between two values in which the second valuedepends upon the first value. Every x value has a unique y value.Function tableA table used to represent the relationship between two values. The functiontable is a table of ordered pairs that may follow a rule that tells how the onevalue is related to the other metric features or characteristics (i.e., symmetry, types of angles. pairs oflines, (parallel, intersecting), two or three dimensional, etc.)Geometric conceptA geometric concept is an idea that is explained through the use of geometry.Geometric shape(figure)Any set of points on a plane or in space; can be two- or three-dimensional.Figures typically include triangles, quadrilaterals, any other polygons, circles,ovals, spheres, prisms, pyramids, cones, cylinders, and polyhedra. The term“figure” also includes any point, line, segment, ray, angle, curve, region,plane, surface, solid, etc. (e.g., a heart is a simple closed curve).Note: Geometric shapes can be represented by real-world examples, e.g., aDVD can represent a circle, a window can represent a rectangle.Page 9 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermDefinitionGiven TermA specific part of an algebraic expression and can be either a number,variable, or product of both. For example determine the value of y in theequation; 6y 12. The given term is y.GraphA diagram or drawing used to record information or represent an equation.Examples: bar graph, pictograph, pie graph, scatter plot, linear, parabolic,quadratic, etc.linear graphGreater than, Lessthan, Equal toparabolic graphRelationships between numbers.Greater than: MoreLess than: Not as manyEqual to: the same asPage 10 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermHistogramDefinitionA type of bar graph that represents frequency distributions for certain rangesor distributions. An example of a histogram would be the number of students(represented on the y-axis) that fall height categories (that are shown on thex-axis). The heights would be shown in ranges: 5’ to 5’1”; 5’1” to 5’2”; 5’2” t05’3”; etc.) The bars of the histogram are connected because they show thatthe distribution of the data is linked. The histogram below shows us that thereare 2 students with heights between 5’ and 5’1”; 5 students between 5’1” and5’2”; 4 students between 5’2” and 5’3”; 9 students between 5’3” and 5’4”; 1student between 5’4” and 5’5”; and 6 students between 5’5” and 5’6”.Student HeightNumber of Students9876543215' to5'1"5'1" to5'2"5'2" to5'3"5'3" to5'4"5'4" to5'5"5'5" to5'6"HeightsHundreds chartA 10 10 grid filled in with the numbers from 1 to 100.Example:Image of atransformation1234567891011121314151617181920 919293949596979899100The figure that results after one or more transformations.Page 11 – 2014–15 NYSAA Frameworks Glossary – Mathematics

Mathematics — GlossaryTermImproper fractionDefinitionA fraction in which the numerator is greater than the denominator.3Example: 2IntegerThe set of numbers containing zero, all natural numbers, and the negatives ofall natural numbers.Example: , –4, –3, –2, –1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, are integers.InterpretTo give or provide the meaning of, or to explain.Irrational numbersWritten as decimals; irrational numbers neither repeat nor terminate.Examples: ; 3; 0.15115111511115111115 Isosceles triangleA triangle with at least two sides that are congruent (equal in length).Note: An equilateral triangle is also an isosceles triangle.LengthDistance from on

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