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Absolute Value

Always a positive number, distance of a number from 0.

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Acute Angle

measure is between 0° and 90°.

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Angle

Two rays sharing the same endpoint (called the angle vertex).

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Angle Bisector

The line dividing an angle into two equal angles.

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Array

A set of numbers or objects that follow a specific pattern.

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Attribute

A characteristic or feature of an object—such as size, shape, color, etc.—that allows it to be grouped.

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Average

same as mean.

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Base 10

Number system that assigns place value to numbers.

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Bell Curve

The bell shape created when a line is plotted using data points for an item that meets the criteria of normal distribution. The center of a bell curve contains the highest value points.

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Binomial

A polynomial equation with two terms usually joined by a plus or minus sign.

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Capacity

The volume of substance that a container will hold.

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Centimeter

A metric unit of measurement for length, abbreviated as cm. 2.5 cm is approximately equal to an inch.

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Circumference

The complete distance around a circle or a square.

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Chord

A segment joining two points on a circle.

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Common Factors

A factor shared by two or more numbers, common factors are numbers that divide exactly into two different numbers.

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Complementary Angles

Two angles that together equal 90°.

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Composite Number

A positive integer with at least one factor aside from its own. Composite numbers cannot be prime because they can be divided exactly.

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Conic Section

The section formed by the intersection of a plane and cone.

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Constant

A value that does not change.

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Congruent

Objects and figures that have the same size and shape. Congruent shapes can be turned into one another with a flip, rotation, or turn.

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Cosine

In a right triangle, cosine is a ratio that represents the length of a side adjacent to an acute angle to the length of the hypotenuse.

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Decagon

A polygon/shape with ten angles and ten straight lines.

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Diagonal

A line segment that connects two vertices in a polygon.

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Diameter

A line that passes through the center of a circle and divides it in half.

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Difference

The difference is the answer to a subtraction problem.

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Dividend

A number being divided into equal parts (inside the bracket in long division).

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Divisor

A number that divides another number into equal parts (outside of the bracket in long division).

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Edge

A line is where two faces meet in a three-dimensional structure.

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Ellipse

An ellipse looks like a slightly flattened circle and is also known as a plane curve. Planetary orbits take the form of ellipses.

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End Point

The "point" at which a line or curve ends.

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Equilateral

A term used to describe a shape whose sides are all of equal length.

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Event

This term often refers to an outcome of probability; it may answer questions about the probability of one scenario happening over another.

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Evaluate

This word means "to calculate the numerical value".

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Expressions

Symbols that represent numbers or operations between numbers.

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Face

The flat surfaces on a three-dimensional object.

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Factor

A number that divides into another number exactly.

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Factoring

The process of breaking numbers down into all of their factors.

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Factorial Notation

Often used in combinatorics, factorial notations requires that you multiply a number by every number smaller than it. The symbol used in factorial notation is ! When you see x!, the factorial of x is needed.

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Fibonacci Sequence

A sequence beginning with a 0 and 1 whereby each number is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. "0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..." is a Fibonacci sequence.

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Figure

Two-Dimensional shapes.

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Frequency

The number of times an event can happen in a given period of time; often used in probability calculations.

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Furlong

A unit of measurement representing the side length of one square acre. One furlong is approximately 1/8 of a mile, 201.17 meters, or 220 yards.

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Greatest Common Factor

The largest number common to each set of factors that divides both numbers exactly. The greatest common factor of 10 and 20 is 10.

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Histogram

A graph that uses bars that equal ranges of values.

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Hyperbola

A type of conic section or symmetrical open curve. The hyperbola is the set of all points in a plane, the difference of whose distance from two fixed points in the plane is a positive constant.

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Hypotenuse

The longest side of a right-angled triangle, always opposite to the right angle itself.

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Identity

An equation that is true for variables of any value.

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Inequality

A mathematical equation expressing inequality and containing a greater than (>), less than (<), or not equal to (≠) symbol.

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Integers

All whole numbers, positive or negative, including zero.

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Irrational

A number that cannot be represented as a decimal or fraction. A number like pi is irrational because it contains an infinite number of digits that keep repeating. Many square roots are also irrational numbers.

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Isosceles

A polygon with two sides of equal length.

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Kilometer

A unit of measure equal to 1000 meters.

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Knot

A closed three-dimensional circle that is embedded and cannot be untangled.

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Like Terms

Terms with the same variable and same exponents/powers.

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Like Fractions

Fractions with the same denominator.

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Line

A straight infinite path joining an infinite number of points in both directions.

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Line Segment

A straight path that has two endpoints, a beginning and an end.

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Linear Equation

An equation that contains two variables and can be plotted on a graph as a straight line.

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Line of Symmetry

A line that divides a figure into two equal shapes.

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Logarithm

The power to which a base must be raised to produce a given number. If nx = a, the logarithm of a, with n as the base, is x. Logarithm is the opposite of exponentiation.

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Median

The median is the "middle value" in a series of numbers ordered from least to greatest.

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Mixed Numbers

Mixed numbers refer to whole numbers combined with fractions or decimals. Example 3 1/2 or 3.5.

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Mode

The mode in a list of numbers are the values that occur most frequently.

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Modular Arithmetic

A system of arithmetic for integers where numbers "wrap around" upon reaching a certain value of the modulus.

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Monomial

An algebraic expression made up of one term.

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Multiple

The multiple of a number is the product of that number and any other whole number. 2, 4, 6, and 8 are multiples of 2.

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Multiplicand

A quantity multiplied by another. A product is obtained by multiplying two or more multiplicands.

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Natural Numbers

Regular counting numbers.

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Net

A two-dimensional shape that can be turned into a two-dimensional object by gluing/taping and folding.

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Nth Root

The nth root of a number is how many times a number needs to be multiplied by itself to achieve the value specified. Example: the 4th root of 3 is 81 because 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 = 81.

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Norm

The mean or average; an established pattern or form.

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Normal Distribution

Also known as Gaussian distribution, normal distribution refers to a probability distribution that is reflected across the mean or center of a bell curve.

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Numerator

The top number in a fraction.

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Numeral

A written symbol denoting a number value.

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Obtuse Angle

An angle measuring between 90° and 180°.

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Obtuse Triangle

A triangle with at least one obtuse angle.

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Operation

Refers to addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

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Ordinal

Ordinal numbers give relative position in a set: first, second, third, etc.

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Parallelogram

A quadrilateral with two sets of opposite sides that are parallel.

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Parabola

An open curve whose points are equidistant from a fixed point called the focus and a fixed straight line called the directrix.

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Perpendicular

Two lines or line segments intersecting to form a right angle.

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Plane

a set of points join together to form a flat surface that extends in all directions.

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Polynomial

The sum of two or more monomials.

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Polygon

Line segments joined together to form a closed figure.

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Prime Numbers

integers greater than 1 that are only divisible by themselves and 1.

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Product

The sum obtained through multiplication of two or more numbers.

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Proper Fraction

A fraction whose denominator is greater than its numerator.

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One quarter (qua) of the plane on the Cartesian coordinate system. The plane is divided into 4 sections, each called a quadrant.

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An equation that can be written with one side equal to 0. Quadratic equations ask you to find the quadratic polynomial that is equal to zero.

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Quartic

A polynomial having a degree of 4.

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Quintic

A polynomial having a degree of 5.

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Quotient

The solution to a division problem.

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A distance found by measuring a line segment extending from the center of a circle to any point on the circle; the line extending from the center of a sphere to any point on the outside edge of the sphere.

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Ray

A straight line with only one endpoint that extends infinitely.

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Range

The difference between the maximum and minimum in a set of data.

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Remainder

The number left over when a quantity cannot be divided evenly. A remainder can be expressed as an integer, fraction, or decimal.

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Right Angle

An angle equal to 90°.

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Right Triangle

A triangle with one right angle.

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Rhombus

A parallelogram with four sides of equal length and no right angles.

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