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Remember from your arithmetic days (or is that daze?) what this means?

2^3

That's three 2's all multiplied together:

2^3 = (2)(2)(2) = 8

As you know by now, in Pre-Algebra, we work with that unknown guy... Mr. X!

The thing to remember is that x is a number -- we just don't know which one.

So, all the stuff you learned in arithmetic works here too!

algebra problem

What if we stick a 5 in front of this thing?

5x^3

The 5 is called a coefficient (because it's a number in front of an x guy) and it's just multiplied in with the x's.)

algebra problem

Remember that x is some mystery number...
What would we get if we let x = 3?