Evaluate the expression 3z + 3
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Evaluate the expression 3z+3 when z = 5.
I say the answer is 15, my son says the answer is 18. We have been arguing over this for 20 minutes. I told him it was a trick question that they were just looking for the expression not the solution.
I have to agree with your son. This is because 3z+3 is an expression. To briefly elaborate, an expression is like a mathematical 'phrase'. Hence, this expression is a 'phrase' described by 2 terms, which are 3z
So, when we evaluate 3x + 3, both terms must be included in the calculation. This is shown below:
Substitute z with 5
3(5) + 3
Now, we just need to perform some simple calculations and we will arrive at the answer 18.
3(5) + 3 = 15 +3 = 18
This site has a animated math video on Evaluating Expression that may be of interest to both of you (scroll down the page to see the video).
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- Lesson on Evaluating Expression