# The Basic Operations

# Build Your Basics

Understanding the four basic mathematical operations (not memorizing steps!) provides a strong foundation for the math skills you need for the GED®.

## STEP 1: WATCH THE VIRTUAL CLASS VIDEO AND TAKE NOTES

### Make sure to note the following:

The four basic operations and their inverses

The symbols (operands) mathematicians use to indicate each operation

The vocabulary words sum, difference, product, and quotient

The definition of each operation

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## STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE LEVEL OF PRACTICE

### BEGINNER

Preparing for algebra? Practice identifying the four basic operations and their inverses and writing simple arithmetic expressions.

### EXPERIENCED

Ready to see how this skill applies to algebra? Practice inverses and writing simple algebraic expressions with more operations.

### ADVANCED

Already familiar with algebra? Deepen understanding by writing and simplifying algebraic expressions with basic operations.