Balancing Equations Using Matrices

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Matrices help solve systems of equations in chemistry, computer graphics, circuitry, probability, and more. The second lesson in a seven-part series focuses on using matrices to balance chemical equations. Pupils rely on the Law of Conservation of Mass to determine the correct coefficients.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Team teach with the Algebra II teacher and chemistry teacher
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of solving systems of equations using a matrix
  • Plan to provide graphing calculators and instructions for solving matrices on them for pupils that don't bring a calculator to class
Pros

  • Connects math and science topics
  • Teaches a method to balance chemical equations not taught in most science classes
Cons

  • None
Common Core