Can You Solve the Mystery of the Variable?

Solving a murder is like isolating a variable. Using a video on a murder mystery, the narrator introduces the idea of solving a literal equation for one variable. After solving several equations, the class comes up with a set of procedures to solve equations and isolate variables.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on how to solve for one variable if there was only one in the equation; make the connection to isolating one variable out of many
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should be comfortable solving one-variable equations

  • Includes information to extend and intervene as necessary
  • Contains keys to the problems

Common Core