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Free pre-algebra videos for middle school

This is a collection of free math videos for pre-algebra level (middle school), showing varied exercises for each topic. They match Math Mammoth Grade 7 curriculum but will also work no matter which curriculum you follow (in other words, the videos don't rely on you having Math Mammoth curriculum).

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These videos are usable for students, teachers, and parents. You can use them...

  • To learn these topics yourself (if you're a student for example, or an adult needing a refresher)
  • As lesson plans for teaching these topics. Often, one video from below can be made into several lessons with students.

Please choose a pre-algebra topic from the list below to view a video tutorial for that topic.


The language of algebra

The topics below provide an foundation to principles used in algebra (and pre-algebra).

The order of operations

What are expressions & equations?

Working with expressions & equations

The commutative & associative properties

(The distributive property — simple version, for grade 6)

The distributive property — regular version, for grade 7 or pre-algebra


Growing patterns

I have not made video lessons for growing patterns, but you can use the Youtube videos below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhFhnUJIhw0

The other two I liste below give a very mechanical way of approaching these types of pattern problems, where you don't have to think so much — but the method explains works always, so it can be helpful, especially if such a problem is expected to be on a standardized test:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV9faVLuUfo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBAcwrD7KaU

However, my goal in putting the growing pattern problems in Math Mammoth Grade 7 is NOT to teach students a mechanical way, but just give them some exposure to thinking of different ways to SEE the pattern, and then try to express it using symbols. So there is no need to learn the mechanical way.


Working with expressions

Simplifying and writing expressions 1: length and perimeter

Simplifying and writing expressions 2: area

Factoring linear expressions: using the distributive property backwards


Integers

Introduction to integers - grades 6-7

Addition of integers - grades 7-9

Subtraction of integers - grades 7-9

Multiplication of integers - grades 7-9

Division of integers - grades 7-9

Lessons on integers: solved examples - grades 7-9


The simplest equations

Solving equations - beginner lesson - examples with a pan balance

Addition and subtraction equations

Multiplication and division equations


Rational numbers

What are rational numbers?

Add & subtract negative fractions and decimals

Multiply negative fractions and decimals

Divide rational numbers

Many operations with rationals, plus complex fractions

Unit rate word problem

Convert fractions to decimals

Simple equations involving decimals

Simple equations involving fractions

Simple equations involving percentages


Linear equations

Two-step equations

Variable on both sides

Equations involving parentheses

Equations with fractions

How to use the formula for distance, rate (speed), and time to solve problems

Writing equations for word problems

Inequalities

Graphing equations

Introduction to slope


Ratios and proportions

How to find the unit rate, including with fractions

Basic proportion word problems

How to calculate distances on the map or in reality using the map scale

The rest of the videos about ratios and proportions are here.


Percent

Basic percent word problems

Simple interest

Percentage of change

Percentage difference (relative difference)

Percent of increase/decrease: write an equation to solve for the original price


Geometry

These lessons belong to Math Mammoth Grade 7 / pre-algebra course. Other pre-algebra courses may cover different geometry topics.

Unknown angle problems

Angles in a triangle

Drawing geometric shapes with given conditions

Drawing triangles with given conditions

Pi and the circumference of a circle

How to calculate the area of a circle, plus simple proof for the formula


The Pythagorean Theorem

Square roots

Equations that require taking a square root

The Pythagorean Theorem

Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem 1: area of an isosceles triangle

Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem 2: diagonal of a square

Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem 3: volume of a triangular prism

Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem 4: perimeter of a trapezoid


Probability and statistics

Introduction to probability

Probability of compound events: list the outcomes, draw a tree diagram

Practice problems for probability of compound events:

Comparing two populations



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