# Math confusion

#1
When simplifying expressions , could u simplify a+a+a+a to 4a and a^4 ?
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#2
(Original post by Pinkturtle_1992)
When simplifying expressions , could u simplify a+a+a+a to 4a and a^4 ?
No a^4 = a x a x a x a
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#3
a + a + a = 3a
just like an orange + orange + orange = 3 oranges.

a x a x a = a^3
so y^2 = y x y

Understood?
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#4
(Original post by gdunne42)
No a^4 = a x a x a x a
Thank u 🙏
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#5
Fruit salad is not algebra - how do oranges explain a x a = a^2
(Original post by speed_bird)
a + a + a = 3a
just like an orange + orange + orange = 3 oranges.

a x a x a = a^3
so y^2 = y x y

Understood?
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#6
(Original post by Pinkturtle_1992)
When simplifying expressions , could u simplify a+a+a+a to 4a and a^4 ?
a^4 means that the variable a is multiplied for times with itself, while 4a means the variable a is added four times with itself.

This is a fine difference!
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#7
just be smarter
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#8
(Original post by Muttley79)
Fruit salad is not algebra - how do oranges explain a x a = a^2
fruit salad is not algebra, well done! that's some incredible deduction there!

On a serious note, analogies do not have to work for every situation. The analogy was dropped when they moved on to a x a..., but it worked for the addition : )
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#9
Yes but it's the very thing that teachers are told not to use - analogies do have to work in maths or they are useless.
(Original post by aliya_sc)
fruit salad is not algebra, well done! that's some incredible deduction there!

On a serious note, analogies do not have to work for every situation. The analogy was dropped when they moved on to a x a..., but it worked for the addition : )
Last edited by Muttley79; 1 month ago
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(Original post by aliya_sc)
fruit salad is not algebra, well done! that's some incredible deduction there!

On a serious note, analogies do not have to work for every situation. The analogy was dropped when they moved on to a x a..., but it worked for the addition : )
Perfect! Thanks aliya_sc.
I think the analogy with oranges captures the concept quite well. I don't think it has simplified or neglected any aspect of addition here. As aliya_sc mentioned, analogies do not have to work for every situation and thats why I didn't use any to simplify a^4.
(Original post by Muttley79)
Yes but it's the very thing that teachers are told not to use - analogies do have to work in maths or they are useless.
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(Original post by speed_bird)
Perfect! Thanks aliya_sc.
I think the analogy with oranges captures the concept quite well. I don't think it has simplified or neglected any aspect of addition here. As aliya_sc mentioned, analogies do not have to work for every situation and thats why I didn't use any to simplify a^4.
It is not pedagogically sound so should not be encouraged ...
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