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Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 15

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# Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 15

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Numerical and Algebraic Expressions

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This example illustrates solving the equation x + 4 = 2 using algebra tiles. The image shows green tiles representing the variable x, yellow tiles representing positive integers, and red tiles representing negative integers. By manipulating the tiles and creating zero pairs, the solution x = -2 is visually demonstrated.

Algebra tiles are a powerful tool for teaching numerical and algebraic expressions, especially when dealing with equations that result in negative solutions. By providing a visual and tactile representation of abstract concepts, these tiles help students develop a concrete understanding of mathematical operations. This approach is particularly beneficial for students who struggle with traditional abstract methods, as it allows them to physically manipulate the tiles and observe the outcomes of different operations.

Presenting multiple worked-out examples is crucial for students to fully grasp mathematical concepts. Each example offers a new perspective on the topic, allowing students to see how the same principles apply in different scenarios. This repetition and variety help reinforce the underlying concepts, improve pattern recognition, and develop problem-solving skills.

Teacher Script: "Now, let's solve the equation x + 4 = 2 using algebra tiles. We start with a green tile for x and four yellow tiles on one side, and two yellow tiles on the other side. To solve for x, we need to remove two yellow tiles from both sides. What do we have left? We see that x plus two yellow tiles equals zero. To balance this, we need to add two red tiles to both sides. What does this show us about the value of x? That's right, x equals negative 2. How does this method help you understand equations with negative solutions?"

For a complete collection of math examples related to Numerical and Algebraic Expressions click on this link: __Math Examples: Algebra Tiles Collection.__

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.3 |
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Grade Range | 6 - 12 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra• Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities• Algebra Tiles--Expressions and Equations |

Copyright Year | 2013 |

Keywords | variable, variable expression, equation, solution, algebra tiles |