• Absolute Value:  distance from 0

          ǀ-6ǀ is read “the absolute value of negative six” and equals 6

     

    Acute Angle:  an angle whose measure is less than 90º

     

    Acute Triangle:  a triangle with 3 acute angles

     

    Angle:  formed when two rays have the same endpoint (vertex).  An angle can be named by its vertex with an angle symbol or using 3 points on the angle with the vertex in the middle

     

    Area:  the amount of space inside a closed two-dimensional (flat) figure measured in square units such as in², cm², or m²

     

    Average:  the mean, found by dividing the sum of a set of numbers by the amount of numbers in the set  (in other words, add all the numbers and divide that answer by how many numbers there are)

     

    Bar Graph:  a graph that compares different amounts using bars

     

    Base:   (1) in a two-dimensional figure, the base must meet the height at a right angle  (and is not always on the bottom)

    (2) In a prism, the bases are polygons that are parallel and congruent (same size and shape) and located on opposite sides. 

    (3) In a pyramid, the base shares an edge with every other face

    (4) a number with an exponent which is used as a factor in multiplication (the 5 in 5²)

     

    Circle:  a two dimensional shape in which every point is the same distance from the center

     

    Circle (or Pie) Graph:  a graph in the form of a circle cut into “slices” like a pie to show parts of a whole

     

    Circumference:  the distance around a circle

     

    Composite:  a number with more than 2 factors

     

    Cone:  a three-dimensional figure with a circle as a base and one vertex (an ice cream sugar cone)

     

    Constant of Proportionality:  A ratio of the change in y divided by the change in x that only exists when the point (0, 0) is included.  The constant of proportionality is the "k" in the equation y = kx.

     

    Coordinate Graph:  a graph with two axes (x- and y-) where every point can be named by giving the x and y values

     

    Cube Root:  a number that, when used as a factor 3 times, equals the given number  (For example, 2 is the cube root of 8 because 2 x 2 x 2 = 8.)  The cube root symbol looks like a square root symbol but with a small three on the left side of it.) 

     

    Cylinder:  a three-dimensional figure with two congruent and parallel circles at opposite ends (a can of soup)

     

    Denominator:  the bottom number of a fraction

     

    Diameter:  a line segment from a point on a circle through the center to a point on the circle on the opposite side  The diameter is twice as long as the radius.

     

    Divided evenly:  division with no remainder

     

    Decagon:  a ten-sided polygon

     

    Difference:  the answer to a subtraction problem

     

    Dividend:  the first number in a division problem, the total amount being divided, or the number that is inside the division house

     

    Divisor:  the second number in a division problem or the number outside the division house

     

    Equation:  two expressions with an equals sign between them

     

    Equilateral Triangle: a triangle with 3 equal sides and 3 equal angle measures

     

    Evaluate:  find the value of, usually indicating to replace a variable with a given number and simplify (find the answer)  For example, if asked to evaluate 3x - 7 when x = 4, replace the x with a 4 to have:  3 times 4 - 7, which equals 12 - 7 which equals 5.

     

    Expanded Form:  a way of writing a math problem without using exponents

    For example, the expanded form of 5³ is 5×5×5

     

    Exponent:  a number that tells how many times to use the base as a factor (the 2 in 5²)

     

    Exponential Form:  a base number with an exponent

     

    Expression:  a number, variable, or any combination of numbers and letters that are being added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided  (Ex:  5, x, -2y, 3x – 8)

     

    Face:  a side of a prism

     

    Factor:  a number in a multiplication problem; a number that divides without a remainder into another number.  (For example, 3 is a factor of 21 because 21 divided by 3 equals a whole number, 7.)

     

    Fraction:  a part of a number written as a quotient using a bar over the whole amount .  (For example, ¾ means that 3 parts are being considered when 4 parts make the whole.)

     

    Greatest Common Factor (GCF):  the largest number that divides evenly (without a remainder) into 2 or more numbers.  (For example 5 is the greatest common factor of 15 and 40.)

     

    Heptagon:  a seven-sided polygon

     

    Hexagon:  a six-sided polygon

     

    Hypotenuse:  the longest side in a right triangle

     

    Improper Fraction:  a fraction in which the numerator is equal to or larger than the denominator

     

    Inequality:  two expressions with a greater than (>), less than (<), greater than or equal to (≥), or less than or equal to (≤) sign between them

     

    Integers:  whole numbers and their opposites       { . . . -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, …}

     

    Interval:  the difference between two marked spaces on a number line that should be equal for any two consecutive markings

     

    Inverse operations:  operations that “undo” each other such as addition and subtraction or multiplication and division

     

    Irrational Numbers:  numbers when, in decimal form, continue forever without repeating or terminating

     

    Isosceles Triangle:  a triangle with at least 2 equal sides and 2 equal angle measures

     

    Least Common Multiple (LCM):  the smallest number that can be divided evenly by two or more given numbers.  (For example the LCM of 4 and 6 is 12.)

     

    Line:  a straight path that continues forever in two directions.  A line is named with two points on the line (capital letters) and a line with arrows on both ends above them

     

    Line Graph: a graph where points of information are connected, generally showing change over time

     

    Line Plot:  a way of displaying information with different categories or amounts on a number line using vertical x’s to show how many of the category or number.  (For example, a line plot could be used to show how many students have a favorite color such as pink, blue, purple, orange, green, red, or yellow or a line plot could be used to show the number of siblings each student has.)

     

    Lowest Terms:  a fraction that cannot be simplified

     

    Mean:  the average, found by dividing the sum of a set of numbers by the amount of numbers in the set

     

    Measures of Central Tendency:  a measure of the “middle” of a set of data (including mean, median, and mode)

     

    Median:  the middle number in a set of ordered numbers.  If there are two numbers in the middle, the median is the number exactly between the two which can be found by averaging them.

     

    Mode:  the number that occurs most often in a set of numbers.  A set can have no mode, one mode, or more than one mode.

     

    Multiple:  a number that can be divided evenly by another number.  (For example, 21 is a multiple of 7.)

     

    Natural (Counting) Numbers:  {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, . . . }

     

    Nonagon:  a nine-sided polygon

     

    Numerator:  the top number of a fraction

     

    Obtuse Angle:  an angle whose measure is more than 90º

     

    Obtuse Triangle:  a triangle with an obtuse angle

     

    Octagon:  an eight-sided polygon

     

    Opposite:  change in a number from positive to negative or negative to positive

     

    Ordered Pair:  an x-coordinate and y-coordinate to indicate a point on a coordinate graph.  For example, the ordered pair (5, -2) is located by finding 5 on the x-axis (horizontal line) and moving down 2.

     

    Origin:  the point on a coordinate graph where the x-axis and y-axis intersect

     

    Outlier:  a number in a set of numbers that is far away from the others

     

    Parallelogram:  a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides

     

    Pentagon:  a five-sided polygon

     

    Percent:  parts per hundred, the percent symbol (%) is written after a number

     

    Percent Increase:  the amount of increase divided by the original amount expressed in parts per hundred

     

    Percent Decrease:  the amount of decrease divided by the original amount expressed in parts per hundred

     

    Perimeter:  the distance around a polygon

     

    Pi:  a ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter

     

    Pictograph:  a way of displaying information using symbols (or pictures) to show frequency

     

    Plane:  a flat surface

     

    Point:  a location in space, generally named with a capital letter in geometry or with an ordered pair on a coordinate graph

     

    Polygon:  a closed plane figure made up of line segments that intersect at their endpoints

     

    Prime:  a number with only two factors, 1 and itself

     

    Prime factorization:  a number written as the product of prime numbers.  (Often, a factor tree is used to find prime factorization.  The prime factorization of 12 can be written 2×2×3 or with exponents as 2² · 3)

     

    Prism:  a three-dimensional figure in which all faces are polygons and with at least one pair of opposite sides parallel and congruent

     

    Product:  the answer to a multiplication problem

     

    Proportion:  two equal ratios

     

    Pyramid:  a three-dimensional figure with a base that shares an edge with every other face.  All faces except for the base come together at a common vertex

     

    Pythagorean Theorem:  the sum of the squares of the legs in a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse, generally written as a² + b² = c² where a and b are the legs (sides that meet at the right angle) and c is the hypotenuse (longest side in a right triangle)

     

    Quadrant:  a section of a coordinate graph with the x-axis and y-axis as borders  The quadrants are numbered with Roman numerals.  The first is the upper right corner where both x and y values are positive.  The others are numbered counter-clockwise (with the second being the upper left corner of the graph).

     

    Quadrilateral:  a four-sided polygon

     

    Quotient:  the answer to a division problem

     

    Radius:  a line segment from the center of a circle to a point on the edge of the circle

     

    Range:  the difference between the highest and lowest number in a set of numbers

     

    Ratio:  a comparison of two numbers that can be written several ways 

    For example, a ratio of 5 boys to 6 girls can be written 5 to 6, 5:6, or as a fraction 5/6

     

    Rational Numbers:  any number that can be written as a fraction.  All whole numbers and integers are rational numbers as well as any decimal that either repeats or terminates (ends).

     

    Ray:  part of a line containing one endpoint named with two letters.  The first letter is the starting point of the ray, and the second letter is located on the ray.  An arrow pointing right is drawn above the two capital letters

     

    Rectangle:  a parallelogram with four right angles

     

    Rectangular Prism:  a prism with rectangular bases  (looks like a cereal box)

     

    Reflection:  a flip

     

    Rhombus:  a parallelogram with four equal sides

     

    Right Angle: an angle whose measure is equal to 90º

     

    Right Triangle:  a triangle with a right angle

     

    Rotation:  a turn

     

    Scale:  on a graph, the numbers given at fixed intervals; when looking at similar figures or a map, the scale can refer to the ratio of the length on one shape to its corresponding length on the other

     

    Segment:  part of a line with two endpoints.  A segment is named by its endpoints (capital letters)

     

    Simplify:  make more simple, usually by combining  numbers using the order of operations but, for a fraction, simplify would mean to divide the numerator and denominator by a common factor

     

    Sphere:  a three-dimensional figure in which all points are the same distance from the center (a ball)

     

    Square:  a rectangle with four equal sides

     

    Square Root:  a number that, when multiplied by itself, equals the given number

     

    Scalene Triangle: a triangle with 3 different side lengths and 3 different angle measures

     

    Scatterplot:  a coordinate graph with ordered pairs plotted to show a relationship between two variables

     

    Scientific Notation is used for very large or very small numbers

                A number in scientific notation is written as the product of two numbers.  The first number is greater than or equal to one but less than 10.  The second number is written as a power of 10.

     

    Standard Form:  writing a number the “normal” way using digits

     

    Straight angle:  an angle whose measure is equal to 180º

     

    Sum:  the answer to an addition problem

     

    Surface Area:  the total of the areas of the surfaces of a three-dimensional figure

     

    Tally Marks:  marks used to count information by writing four vertical lines and then the fifth mark crosses the four so that they can easily be totaled counting by fives.

     

    Terminating:  ending

     

    Transformation:  the reflection, rotation, or translation of a figure

     

    Translation:  a slide

     

    Trapezoid:  a quadrilateral with at least one pair of parallel sides

     

    Trend:  if as one variable increases, the other variable increases, this is a positive trend.  If one variable increases as the other decreases, this is a negative trend

     

    Triangle:  a polygon with 3 sides

     

    Triangular Prism:  a prism with triangular bases

     

    Variable:  a letter used in place of a number

     

    Vertex:  a point where two lines, rays, or segments intersect

     

    Volume:  the amount of space inside a three-dimensional figure measured in cubic units such as in³, cm³, or ft³

     

    Whole Numbers:  {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, . . . }

     

    x-axis:  the horizontal number line on a coordinate graph

     

    y-axis:  the vertical number line on a coordinate graph