Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides

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Where did all these variables come from, anyway? The previous lessons in the series ask learners to solve multi-step equations using the distributive property, combining like terms, and using inverse operations. Now scholars solve equations with variables on both sides of the equation. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson as an independent learning challenge; allow individuals to choose to watch the video or read the printed lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access to utilize the video resource
  • Equations still require strategies learned in previous lessons
  • Review of solving equations with variables on a single side may be necessary before introducing variables on both sides
Pros

  • Video provides clear explanations of the methods used when solving equations
Cons

  • Video does not include examples of problem solving
  • Practice problems become complex quickly
Common Core