# Using the State Curriculum: Mathematics, Grade 8

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 Standard 1.0 Knowledge of Algebra, Patterns, and Functions Topic B. Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities Indicator 1. Write, simplify, and evaluate expressions Objective d. Simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms Assessment limit: Use no more than 3 variables with integers (-50 to 50), or proper fractions with denominators as factors of 20 (-20 to 20) Note: Highlighted assessment limits will be tested in the no calculator section of MSA.

### Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Look at this expression.

Step A
Simplify the expression.

Step B
Use what you know about simplifying algebraic expressions to explain how you determined your answer. Use words, numbers, and/or symbols in your explanation.

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