(11) Algebra 1: Solutions & Equality
Topic outline

Essential Questions
 What does it mean to "Solve an equation"? How do you know if you've done it?
 What are some different ways to represent equality? What some pros and cons of each?
Knowledge Goals
 Create Frayer diagrams for the following words: equation, variable, unknown, coefficient, solution, nonsolution, solving, isolate, check.
Insight Goals
Skill Goals
 Solve and check linear equations.
 Represent and solve equations in a variety of ways.
Learning Sequence

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I will...
 Do the Equal or Not? exercises, making sure I can do it all by hand.
 Learn to check my work above using Symbolab or Microsoft Math Solver.
 Practice explaining, from scratch, the meaning of the equals sign and the not equals sign, and what it means to solve, simplify, and interpret equations.
I can...
 Correctly interpret and use the equals sign and the not equals sign.
 Solve and simplify basic equations and judge them accurately as true or false.
 Explain from scratch all of the above based on examples that I create.
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 Solve and check the Noah's Ark problem.
 Solve and check Visual Balance Problems. I will represent my thinking with equations.
 Solve Balance Problems.
 Solve Equations by Guess & Check [template] while using reasoning to iterate my guesses. [Teacher will have to create exercises.]
 Do Equations and Solutions Exercises, Levels 14 [workinprogress]. If this is too easy, I will create more challenging exercises for myself with this template.
 Draw an equation clock in which each hour number is represented by an equation for which that hour number is a solution. E.g. ten o'clock below
So I can...
 Translate between visuals and setup equations for balance problems of forms x+b=c, ax=c, ax+b=c, and all jumbled variations thereof, where all variables are nonnegative integers and easy to visualize.
 Solve the balance problems with logic and guessandcheck.
 Check my work visually, symbolically, and with software.
 Show by example what the following words mean: equation, solution, nonsolution, check.
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I will..
 Solve and Check Equations Visually  One Instance
 Solve equations symbolically
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 Solve Equations Visually with two instances of an unknown.
 Solve balance problems through isolation that I have to draw myself. Boxes & Circles, Levels 4, 5, and 6.
 Create my own solve and check problems with the Isolate then Check [template]
 Practice solving equations symbolically to fluency.
So I can...
 Translate between visuals and equations for balance problems of forms ax+b=cx+d.
 Solve all equations of the form ax+b=cx+d and all jumbled variations.
 Create my own examples of linear equations to solve.
 Check my work visually, symbolically, and with software.
 Explain in my examples and exercises how doing the same thing to both sides preserves equality.
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I will...
 See how well I understand preservation of equality in
 This Twitter thread [Focus on the 3 highest webs on the left.]
 JUMP 7.1 Scale Diagrams
 Practice with Dr Frost's materials on Unknowns on Both Sides.
 Drill solving more advanced equations. Solving & Checking Linear Equations (equations with more fractions coming soon!)
 Do JUMP 6 Solving Symbolically exercises. [to be moved to earlier lesson]
So I can...
 Describe all my previous visual solutions symbolically, including every step and check, using correct math terminology.
 Solve and check linear equations involving rational numbers using more than 1 method.
 Distinguish manipulations that do and do not preserve equality.
 Distinguish manipulations between the useful and the nonuseful.
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 See how well I understand preservation of equality in

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 Solve the "Think of a Number" trick and be able to explain it to others. Create my own variations on the trick and perform them.
 Solve any previous equations from previous lessons using inverse operations.
So I can...
 Solve and check linear equations using inverse operations or the same manipulation to both sides.
 Show these methods' equivalence.
 Use both methods to solve magic tricks.
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So I can...
 Solve equations of the form ax + b = cx + d involving rational numbers and numbers that are difficult to visualize. I can solve them in multiple ways.
 "Look ahead" to determine when solutions exist and when they do not.
 Set up and solve equations in applied situations.
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