Algebra Questions with Answers and Solutions for Grade 8

Algebra Questions with Answers and Solutions for Grade 8

Grade 8 algebra questions with solutions are presented. Questions on solving equations, simplifying expressions including expressions with fractions are included.

NOTE: In what follows, mixed numbers are written in the form a(b/c). For exampl 2 1/3 means the mixed number 2 + 1/3.

  1. Simplify the following algebraic expressions.

    1. -2x + 5 + 10x - 9

    2. 3(x + 7) + 2(-x + 4) + 5x


  2. Simplify the expressions.

    1. (2x - 6) / 2

    2. (-x - 2) / (x + 2)

    3. (5x - 5)/10


  3. Solve for x the following equations.

    1. -x = 6

    2. 2x - 8 = -x + 4

    3. 2x + 1/2 = 2/3

    4. x/3 + 2 = 5

    5. -5/x = 2


  4. Evaluate for the given values of x and y.

    1. x2 - y2 , for x = 4 and y = 5

    2. |4x - 2y| , for x = -2 and y = 3

    3. 3x3 - 4y4 , for x = -1 and y = -2


  5. Solve the following inequalities.

    1. x + 6 < 0

    2. x + 1 > 5

    3. 2(x - 2) < 12


  6. What is the reciprocal of each of the following numbers?

    1. -1

    2. 0

    3. 3/4

    4. 2 5/7

    5. 0.02


  7. Evaluate the folwoing expressions involving mixed numbers.

    1. 3 3/4 + 6 1/7

    2. (1 3/5) * (3 1/3) - 2 1/2

    3. (5 2/3) / (4 1/5)

    4. (3 4/7 - 1 1/2) / (2 3/8 + 2 1/4)


  8. Evaluate the folwoing exponential expressions.

    1. -42

    2. (-2)3

    3. (-2)4

    4. 10000

    5. 5661


  9. Convert to fractions and write in simplest form.

    1. 0.02

    2. 12%

    3. 0.5%

    4. 1.12


  10. Convert to decimals.

    1. 1/5

    2. 120%

    3. 0.2%

    4. 4 8/5


  11. Convert to percent.

    1. 3/10

    2. 1.4

    3. 123.45

    4. 2 4/5


  12. Which of these numbers is divisible by 3?

    1. 156312

    2. 176314


  13. Which of these numbers is divisible by 4?

    1. 3432

    2. 1257


  14. Which of these numbers is divisible by 6?

    1. 1233

    2. 3432


  15. Which of these numbers is divisible by 9?

    1. 2538

    2. 1451


  16. Evaluate 8x + 7 given that x - 3 = 10.

    Solutions and Answers to the Above Questions


      1. -2x + 5 + 10x - 9 : given
        = (10x - 2x) + (5 - 9) : put like terms together
        = 8x - 4 : group

      2. 3(x + 7) + 2(-x + 4) + 5x : given
        = 3x + 21 - 2x + 8 + 5x : expand
        = (3x - 2x + 5x) + (21 + 8) : put like terms together
        = 6x + 29 : group



      1. (2x - 6) / 2 : given
        = 2(x - 3) / 2 : factor 2 in numerator
        = x - 3 : divide numerator and denominator by 2 to simplify

      2. (-x - 2) / (x + 2) : given
        = -1(x + 2) / (x + 2) : factor -1 in numerator
        = -1 : divide numerator and denominator by x + 2 to simplify

      3. (5x - 5)/10 : given
        = 5(x - 1) / 10 : factor 5 in numerator
        = (x - 1) / 2 : divide numerator and denominator by 5 to simplify



      1. -x = 6 : given
        x = -6 : multiply both sides of the equation by -1

      2. 2x - 8 = -x + 4 : given
        2x - 8 + 8 = -x + 4 + 8 : add +8 to both sides of the equation
        2x = -x + 12 : group like terms
        2x + x = -x + 12 + x : add +x to both sides
        3x = 12 : group like terms
        x = 4 : mutliply both sides by 1/3

      3. 2x + 1/2 = 2/3 : given
        2x + 1/2 - 1/2 = 2/3 - 1/2 : subtract 1/2 from both sides
        2x = 1/6 : group like terms
        x = 1/12 : multiply both sides by 1/2

      4. x/3 + 2 = 5 : given
        x/3 + 2 - 2 = 5 - 2 : subtract 2 from both sides
        x/3 = 3 : group like terms
        x = 9 : multiply both sides by 1/2

      5. -5/x = 2 : given
        -5 = 2x : multiply both sides by x and simplify
        -5/2 = x : : multiply both sides by 1/2



      1. x2 - y2 , x = 4 , y = 5 : given
        42 - 52 : substitute x and y by the given values
        =16 - 25 = -9

      2. |4x - 2y| , x = -2 , y = 3 : given
        |4(-2) - 2(3)| : substitute x and y by the given values
        = |-14| = 14 : evaluate

      3. 3x3 - 4y4 , x = -1 , y = -2 : given
        3(-1)3 - 4(-2)4 : substitute x and y by the given values
        = -3 - 64 = -67 : evaluate



      1. x + 6 < 0 : given
        x + 6 - 6 < -6 : subtract 6 from both sides
        x < -6 : group like terms

      2. x + 1 > 5 : given
        x + 1 - 1 > 5 - 1 : subtract 1 from both sides
        x > 4 : group like terms

      3. 2(x - 2) < 12 : given
        x - 2 < 6 : mutliply both sides by 1/2
        x - 2 + 2 < 6 + 2 : add 2 to both sides
        x < 8 : group like terms



      1. (-1) a = 1 : definition: a is the reciprocal of -1
        a = 1/-1 = -1 : solve for a; -1 is the reciprocal of -1

      2. (0) b = 1 : definition: b is the reciprocal of 0
        b = undefined : no value of b satisfies the above equation

      3. (3/4) c = 1 : definition: c is the reciprocal of 3/4
        c = 4/3 : solve for c; c = 4/3 is the reciprocal of 3/4

      4. (2 5/7) d = 1 : definition: d is the reciprocal of 2 5/7.
        (19/7) d = 1 : convert the mixed number 2 5/7 into a fraction.
        d = 7/19 : : solve for d; d = 7/19 is the reciprocal of 2(5/7)

      5. 0.02 d = 1 : definition: d is the reciprocal of 0.02.
        d = 1/0.02 : solve for d; d = 50 is the reciprocal of 0.02



      1. 3 3/4 + 6 1/7 : given
        = (3 + 6) + (3/4 + 1/7) : put the whole parts together and the fractional parts together.
        = 9 + (21/28 + 4/28) : add.
        = 9 25/28

      2. (1 3/5) * (3 1/3) - 2 1/2 : given
        = (8/5) * (10/3) - 2 1/2 : convert mixed numbers to mupliply into fractions.
        = 80/15 - 2 1/2 = 5 1/3 - 2 1/2 = 4 4/3 - 2 1/2: mupliply and write as mixed number if possible
        = (4 - 2) + (4/3 - 1/2) : subtract
        = 2 5/6

      3. (5 2/3) / (4 1/5) : given
        = (17/3) / (21/5) : convert mixed numbers to fractions.
        = 85 / 63 : divide fractions
        = 1 22/63 : write as mixed number

      4. (3 4/7 - 1 1/2) / (2 3/8 + 2 1/4) : given
        = [(3 - 1) + (4/7 - 1/2)] / [(2 + 2) + (3/8 + 1/4)]: evaluate numerator and denominator as fractions.
        = (2 1/14) / (4 5/8)
        = (29/14) / (37/8)
        = 116/259



      1. -42 : given
        = - (4 * 4) = -16 : expand and calculate

      2. (-2)3 : given
        = (-2)*(-2)*(-2) = -8 : expand and calculate

      3. 10000 : given
        = 10000 = 1 : definition: any nonzero number to the power zero gives 1

      4. 5661 : given
        = 5661 = 566



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