What Is an Equation?


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
Lesson Duration 20 mins
Grade Range 5th - 8th Grade

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