## What Is an Equation?

# Description

Your students may know how to solve equations (or not), but do they know the underlying mathematical processes and properties involved in solving them? Do they have sufficient vocabulary to explain their steps in solving an equation?

More than memorizing an algorithm, the ability to define and use the properties of equality, as well as other key parts of the equation-solving process are essential for mathematical competence. The ability to analyze and use logical reasoning are skills that go beyond the math classroom.

In this module, students learn the basics of the equation-solving process. These principles apply to any equation a student is solving and provide a needed foundational reinforcement for students.

#### Math Concepts

- Expressions
- Equations

#### Learning Objectives

- Define an Equation
- Define the Properties of Equality
- Define a true equation, false equation, and a conditional equation

#### Prerequisite Skills

- Knows the mechanics of solving one-step equations
- Knows the mechanics of solving two-step equations

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.C.9, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.4.A, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.REI.A.1 |
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Lesson Duration | 20 mins |

Grade Range | 5th - 8th Grade |