Solutions of a Linear Equation

Use the distributive property to solve equations. The sixth lesson in a 33-part series has scholars solve equations that need to be transformed into simpler equations first. Class members apply the distributive property to the equations to simplify them. Pupils also determine that not all equations have solutions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide a quick review of the distributive property, especially using negative numbers
  • Have the class summarize what the final equation looks like for a linear equation to have no solution, one solution, and infinite solutions
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should be familiar with solving simple two-step linear equations
  • Scaffolding provides alternative example problems to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • The answer key shows all the steps needed to solve the equation
  • The lesson includes an organizational suggestion for justifying the steps
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