Can different expressions have the same meaning? Well, facial expressions may or may not. But a mathematical expression has the same meaning as its verbal counterpart, and different numerical expressions can definitely have the same value…thus the same meaning!
In the activity Writing and Evaluating Numerical Expressions, students translate verbal phrases into mathematical symbols, and find the value of expressions containing numbers and operations.They come to recognize the operations used for certain words and verbal phrases. Students practice finding the value of numeric expressions by following the order of operations.