Intro to Algebra
The Power of Equations
Don't let the letters in algebra scare you. They're just placeholders, standing in for an unknown number. And, great news, when those letters show up in an equation, you've got everything you need to solve the mystery and reveal x's true identity!
STEP 1: WATCH THE VIRTUAL CLASS VIDEO AND TAKE NOTES
Make sure to note the following:
To solve an equation is to determine what value of the variable makes the equation true. We do this by isolating the variable, in other words getting the letter alone, using inverse or opposite operations.
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STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE LEVEL OF PRACTICE
Printable Worksheet featuring only whole numbers and the four basic operations to give beginning level students a chance to focus on the algebra skills.
Quizlet set designed to isolate the skill of negating equations (eg. - x = 15) for struggling students.
These worksheets from Kuta Software can increase your understanding by giving practice with decimals, negatives, and fractions. Feel free to use a calculator for the computations so you can focus on the algebraic skill of identifying inverses.