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2 Chapter Self-Test

NEL 133 Powers and Polynomials


1. Sketch and label a representation for each of the following algebraic
terms. Explain how your sketches are both alike and different.
a) b) c)
2. Jacqueline is making a quilt using finished squares like the one shown.
Each square has an area of .
a) Write an expression that represents the length of the side of the
square in terms of its area.
b) Estimate the length. Describe the process you used.
c) Use a calculator to determine the correct length to two decimal places.
3. Determine the approximate length of the roadway bordering the
adjacent square properties.
310 cm
2
m
3
m y
2
A 310 cm
2
roadway length
750 m
2
900 m
2
4. Simplify.
a) c)
b) d)
5. Which expression below is equivalent to ?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E. none of the above
6. Use an example to explain how you know that, to simplify a power of
a power, you multiply the exponents.
7. Simplify.
a) c) e)
b) d) f ) a
5
x
2
b
2
c a
2
5
b
4
d
5
1x
2
2
5
1 y
3
2
2
1 y
5
2
2
15x
4
2
5
16
3
2
2
172
24
172
10
49
10
49
10
172
4
17
6
2
16.12 16.1
6
2 16.1
5
2 15
2
2
a
4
5
b
6
a
4
5
b
5
1x
3
2 1x
6
2
x
13
4
2 13
6
2
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8. What is meant by like terms? Explain how algebra tiles or diagrams
can help you to identify like terms.
9. Simplify. Check one of your answers using a different tool or strategy.
a)
b)
c)
10. Which expression below is equivalent to ?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E. none of the above
11. Expand. Check one of your answers using a different tool or strategy.
a)
b)
c)
12. Expand and simplify. Check one of your answers using a different tool
or strategy.
a)
b)
c)
13. Mary and Bill are setting up a summer concession stand at the park.
They need these jobs filled:
2x 13x 22 x
2
0.21x
2
32
31 y
2
y 22 1 y
2
2y 42
21x 32 31x 22
y
5
15y
4
3y
3
y
2
2
3x 14x
2
5x2
21x 32
2y
2
4y
2y
2
6y
4y
2
4y
2y
2
6y
1 y
2
5y2 13y
2
y2
13x
2
5a2 14x
2
a2
7x y 2x y
5x 2x
a) Determine a simplified algebraic expression to represent the
weekly payroll for all 11 employees. Assume that they will always
work at least 30 h per week.
b) Use your expression to determine the weekly payroll if each
employee works 32 h per week.
14. Determine an expression that simplifies to if the expression
contains:
exactly two binomials
the distributive property used once
3x
2
Number of
Position Positions Hourly Pay Rate and Weekly Bonus
Manager 3 $14/h plus $50 bonus per week for
working at least 30 h per week
Server 8 $9/h plus $35 bonus per week for
working at least 30 h per week
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