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## 5th grade

### Course: 5th grade > Unit 13

Lesson 1: Writing expressions# Constructing numerical expressions

Sometimes, we don't need to solve an equation right away. Instead, we can use the information in a given word problem to construct a numerical expression that represents the information. Created by Sal Khan.

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- There are no videos explaining the use of brackets? It can be quite confusing to anyone learning for the first time when they try to solve any problem that includes braces and parenthesis.(35 votes)
- brackets and perentheses are the same thing you just want to do the parentheses before the brackets like the teacher taught you parentheses first.(22 votes)

- I hate algebra I'm crying while I'm typing this lets all hate algebra(19 votes)
- I don’t enjoy but I want to do it so I can graduate 😂(6 votes)

- I just lost my marbles trying to understand this. Pun intended. :)))) It's easy tho(18 votes)
- addition is an opperation so why did Sal say that he solved the problem without using operations even though he used addition?(11 votes)
- So, he didn't really use the operation. He just wrote down what they were asking for. If he had actually performed the operation, he would have come up with 27, which is a number, not a numerical expression.

Hope this helps.(4 votes)

- Hello, this is helpful thanks.(10 votes)
- math is a good subject to learn kade.dean30(8 votes)
- im the newest comment ever since 7 yrs ago(8 votes)
- When Sal made the expression 3(4+5), there are more ways to do this, right? The way he did it was adding 4 and 5 which makes 9, and multiplying it to make 27. The way I thought of doing it was this:

3(4+5)

(12+15)

x = 27 (don't know why I added x there :/)

Hmmm... I wonder if there are MORE ways to do this...(8 votes)- he did it that way because you are suppose to do 4+5 first(1 vote)

- His is missing its 'h' it looks is(7 votes)
- I just wanted to know that is it important that the factor we are multiplying with, in this case 3, goes on the left side instead of the right side of the parenthesis?(6 votes)

## Video transcript

Alan found 4 marbles
to add to his 5 marbles currently in his pocket. He then had a competition
with his friends and tripled his marbles. Write a numerical expression
to model the situation without performing
any operations. So let's think about
what's going on. So he already had 5
marbles in his pocket. And then he found 4 more
marbles to add to that. So we can add the 4
marbles to the 5 marbles. So 4 marbles plus the 5 marbles. So that's what happens
after the first sentence. He found 4 marbles to
add to his 5 marbles currently in his pocket. He then had a competition
with his friends and tripled his marbles. So this is how many marbles
he had before tripling. And now he's
tripling his marbles. So we want to multiply 3 times
the total number of marbles he has now-- times 4 plus 5. So this right over here is
the numerical expression that models the situation
without performing any operations. We, of course, could then
actually calculate this. He has 9 marbles
before tripling. And then you multiply
it by 3 and he has 27. But this is what
they're asking for. They want us to write
this expression.