PSSA Math Dictionary

Last Updated: 4/3/2019 8:38 PM

PSSA Dictionary!

Angle - the measurement of the space between two straight lines that extend from a common point.  There are several types:  acute, obtuse, right, straight, reflex, opposite, supplementary, complimentary, alternate. 

Acute Angle - an angle measuring between 0 and 90 degrees 

 

Algebraic Equations - there are at least 3 possible methods to solve simple algebraic equations. Give all 3 a try!

First Way Look at the algebraic question and mentally fill in the blank;  

 

(2) Secondary Way - whatever you do to one side of the equals, you have to do exactly the same on the other side

          n + 7 = 29

     n + 7 - 7 = 29 - 7

                n = 22 

(3) Opposite Way - the goal is to make the "n" lonely, so the + 7 has to be removed, but if you take it away from one side, then you have to do the opposite to the other side

          n + 7 = 29

                n = 29 - 7

                n = 22

Angle Relationships:  (geometry)  

   - Complimentary Angles - 2 angles that add up to 90 degrees

   - Supplementary Angles - 2 angles that add up to 180 degrees

   - Opposite Angles - where there are 2 lines that intersect, the opposite angles are equal 

   - Perpendicular Lines - lines that intersect to form a right angle (90 degrees)

   - Parallel Lines - two lines that are on the same plane but do NOT intersect

   - Transversal Line - a line or line segment that crosses or intersects two other lines.  If the 2 other lines are parallel, then the alternate angles are equal, the corresponding angles are equal and the co-interior angles add to 180 degrees

Area of a regular shaped Prism - formula: A = L x W

Area of a Triangle -another special formula A = halfbh

Average -a set of numbers from the sum of specified numbers divided by the number of numbers

Bar Graph - compares similar items by using bars of different heights on a graph

 

PEDMAS - Order of Operations for calculations in this order:   Parenthsies, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction

Bisect - to divide into two equal parts 

 

Broken-Line Graph - uses a series of line segments to show how something changes with time. 

Capacity:  the amount a container can hold when filled

   

Chord:  a line segment with its endpoints on the circle

 

Circumference:  the "perimeter" of a circle, the distance around the circle -   C = pd   where p = 3.14

 

Composite Numbers - a number that has more than 2 factors.  Example:  the factors of 8 are 1, 2, 4, 8, therefore it is NOT a prime number. 

Congruent - in geometry, figures and shapes are equal being identical in size and shape 

Comparing Symbols - < less than,≤ less than or equal to, > greater than,  ≥ greater than or equal to, = equal to, ≠  not equal to 

Compass - used in geometry

 

Denominator - the bottom number in a fraction 

Diameter - (d) a line that goes through the whole circle including the centre 

 

 

Difference - subtract

Dividend - the number that is to be divided by another 

Divisor - the number by which the dividend is to be divided 

Expanded Form or Expanded Notation- expanding or extending numerals into an expression.  Example:  

4629.35 = (4x1000) + (6x100) + (2x10) + (9x1) + (3x0.1) + (5x0.01) 

Estimate - to make a rough calculation which may involve approximating.  This helps to understand to understand big complex numbers 192 x 9 = 200 x 10 = 2000 

Exponents - the numerical symbol used to indicate the raising of a base number to a power.  

Example:   4©ø = 4x4x4 = 64 

 

Expression - an algebra question or problem 

Equation - an algebra statement of equality between two expressions 

Evaluate - solve the problem 

Edge - a line forming the intersection of two faces of a polyhedron 

Factors - all of the numbers which divide exactly into a number.  Example: the factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 

Factor Tree:  a diagram that shows the prime factors of a composite number 

 

Fractions - part of whole numbers, also related to decimals 

         ¨ý (5 is numerator/8 is denominator)

 

There are many important rules when working with Fractions: 

1. When sorting, adding or subtracting fractions, use common denominators;

2. When multiplying, multiply the numerator separately, then the denominators 

               3/4 x 1/3 = 3/12 

3.  When dividing, multiply the reciprocal: 

         3/5 divide 2/3 = 3/5 x 3/2 = 9/10

4.  Always reduce fractions at the end of your answer:   3/4 x 1/3 = 3/12 = 1/4

5.  Conversion into decimals is easy! 

    1/6 is a division statement - 1 divided by 6 

6.  Equivalent fractions are 2 fractions that represent the same rational number:   

            2/4 = 4/8 = 8/16 = 1/2

7.  Improper fractions - when the numerator is larger than the denominator  7/5

8.  Mixed fractions - improper fractions is a mixed number:   7/5 = 1 2/5

Face - flat surface of a polyhedron 

 

Frequence - the number of times an event has occurred  

Geometry - in three-dimensional (3D) geometry, the objects have edges and faces 

 

Greatest Common Factor (GCF) - the largest factor that 2 or more numbers have in common

Hypotenuse - in a right triangle, the hypotenuse is the line opposite the right angle. 

 

Heptagon - A polygon with 7 sides

Histogram - a bar graph in which the labes for the bares are in numericical intervals.

Intersecting Lines - lines that intersect 

 

Inequalities - symbols used to compare numbers - < less than, ¡Â less than or equal to, > greater than, ¡Ã greater than or equal to, = equal to, ¡Á not equal to 

Integers - positive and negative counting numbers 

Integer Line - a line with a middle of 0 and positive numbers on the right side and negative numbers on the left

 

Integer Rules - multiplying (also same for dividing) - 

                   + x + = +

                  - x - =  +

                 + x - = -

                  - x - = -

Isosceles Triangle - a triangle with 2 equal sides 

 

Line Graph: 

 

Line Segment - in geometry, part of a line, written as AB    Line AB

Least common denominator (LCD) - The least common multiple of the donominators in two or more fractions

Least Common Multiple (LCM) - The smallest number other than zero this is a common multiple of two or more numbers.

Leg (Of a Right triangle) - Either of the two sides that form the right anglel in a right triangle

Line plot - a graph showing the frequency of data on a number line.

Mean - same as average 

Median - the middle number in a set of numbers arranged in order 

 

Mode - the number that occurs most often in a set of numbers 

 

Metric Conversions:

Metric Conversions

0.001

0.01

1

1,000

milli

centi

 

kilo

mm

cm

metre (distance)

km

mg

 

gram (solids)

kg

mL

 

Litre (liquids)

kL

 

 

 

 

 

Net - a 2D figure that can be folded to make a polyhedron.  

 

Numerals - symbols used to denote numbers.  Example:  1, 2, 3, ......

Numerator - the top number of a fraction  

Order of Operations - specific rules that must be followed when solving a math problem (such as PEDMAS) 

Obtuse Angle - an angle greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees 

Of - in math terms, it means "to multiply" 

Ordered Pairs - written as (1,2) 

 

Parallel Lines - lines that never intersect 

Plane - a flat surface that extends infinitely in all directions

Perimeter - the distance around an object measured along a boundary, add up the distances of all of the sides.  

 

Percent - a number calculated out of 100.  It is related to fractions and decimals.  A fraction can be changed into a percent using division (4/5 = 4 divided by 5 = 0.80 x 100 = 80%).  A decimal can be changed into a percent using multiplication (0.33 x 100 - 33 %) 

 

Perpendicular Lines - intersect at right angles 

 

Pi - a Greek symbol representing the number for 3.14

 

Pictograph - a graph using pictures 

Place Value: position of a number determines its value (see chart) 

 

Point - a geometric location on a line or in space 

Polyhedron - a solid shape, each of whose face is a polygon

 

Polygon - in geometry, a plane (2D) shape having 3 or more sides.  Regular polygons have all equal sides and all equal angles. 

 

Powers of Ten Multiply: usually add zeroes but sometimes move the decimal to the left.

32 x 1000 = 32000, 32 x 0.001 = 0.032

Divide: usually move the decimal to the left but sometimes add zeroes (which might also mean move the decimal to the right).

32 ./. 1000 = 0.032, 32 ./. 0.01 = 3200

 

Prime Number - a number that has only 2 factors, 1 and the number itself.  Examples:  2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19 .... 

Prism - a polyhedron having the same cross section through its length 

 

Product - the answer from a multiplication question 

Pyramid - a polyhedron with a polygon for its base (square, triangle) and the other faces are triangles with a common vertex 

 

Pythagorean Theorum - in a right-angled triangle, the area of the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares on the remaining sides. Formula: Hypotenuse(squared) = [one side(squared)] x [other side (squared)]  

 

Quotient - the answer from division questions 

 

Quadrants - the four regions of a coordiante plane that are separated by the axes.

Radius - the line from the centre to the boundary of the circle 

 

Range - the difference between the greates and the lease numbers in a set of data

Rate - a comparison of two numbers, similar to ratio, but with different units of measurement 

 

Ratio - a comparison of two numbers.  It is used to compare two quantities measured in similar units by comparing 

Ray - a straight line extending from a point (the point is the beginning of the ray) 

 

Reflex Angle - an angle that measures more than 180 degrees and less than 360 degrees 

Repeating Decimal - a decimal that has a repeating sequence of numbers after the decimal point

0.333.....  or 0.3  

Right Angle - equals 90 degrees 

Rounding - rules to help understand complicated numbers 

           5 and over - round up

           4 and under - round down

           HINT:  look at the number beside it

Sample - instead of doing a large survey, a small survey or sample can be conducted.  100 people might indicate 100,000 people 

Scientific Notation - a number that is written using scientific notation is as follows:

               632 = 6.32 x 10©÷

               5,324 = 5.324 x 10©ø

Shell - a 3-dimensional object whose interior is empty 

Skeleton - a representation of the edges of a 3D object 

Square Root - one of two equal factors of a number 

 

Solid - a 3D object whose interior is completely filled 

Standard Form - the regular way in which numbers are usually written. 

Straight Angle - an angle that measures 180 degrees 

Stem and Leaf Plot - a chart that organizes data in increasing order 

 

Sum - add

Symmetry - a figure has line symmetry if a line can separate the figure into two congruent parts.

 

Triangle - triangles are classified in two possible ways:  by angle or sides 

Tally Chart - a survey 

 

Table of Values - a chart to organize variables for graphing 

Transformtiation - the moving of a figure by a translation (slide), rotation - (turn) or reflection (flip)

Unit Rate - a comparison of two numbers in which the 2nd number is usually 1.    

Example:  Cans of soup are $0.74 / each 

5 cans = $3.70 

But a case of soup = 24 cans x $0.74/each = $17.76

(Case is 24 / dozen is 12)

km/h = the number of kms in 1 hour

Vertex / Vertices  - a point where two or more geometric lines meet

 

Volume  - the measure of the amount of space that a solid figure occupies.  The volume of a prism measures everything INSIDE the figure. 

    For a regular shaped prism:   V = L x W x H 

    For a triangle:                       V = Area of Base x H 

 

Whole number - any of the numbers 0, 1,2 ,3,... and so on

X Coordinate: 

 

Y Coordinate: 

 

Polygons

Formula:   180 ¨¬ x (n-2)

Polygon

Number of Sides:

Sum of Interior Angles:

Triangle

3

180 degrees

Quadrilateral

4

360 degrees

Pentagon

5

540 degrees

Hexagon

6

720 degrees

Heptagon

7

900 degrees

Octagon

8

1080 degrees

Nonagon

9

1260 degrees

Decagon

10

1440 degrees

Dodecagon

12

1800 degrees

Multiplication Chart  

 

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49

56

63

70

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72

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72

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