Solve an Equation with Variable on Both Sides

Solving equations is the groundwork for all of algebra. A video presentation explains the steps for solving an equation with variables on both sides. Using a different color for each step, the instructor shows how to manipulate the equation to isolate the variable. He emphasizes the use of inverse operations every step of the way.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Follow the video with whiteboard practice to check for understanding
  • Have pupils solve the equation horizontally instead of vertically to reinforce inverse operations
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a strong understanding of inverse operations
  • Includes a step for checking the solution
  • Begins with an explanation of the steps of solving an equation
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