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Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 23

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# Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 23

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Numerical and Algebraic Expressions

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This example demonstrates solving the equation 3x + 3 = x + 1 using algebra tiles. The image shows green bars representing the variable x, yellow squares representing positive constants, and red squares representing negative constants. After removing common terms and adding red squares to balance the equation, students can visually see that x = -1.

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

Exposing students to multiple worked-out examples is crucial for reinforcing mathematical concepts. Each example presents a unique scenario, helping students recognize patterns and develop problem-solving strategies. This repetition and variety of examples contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the topic, enabling students to apply their knowledge to different situations with confidence.

Teacher Script: "Now, let's solve the equation 3x + 3 = x + 1 using algebra tiles. We start with three green bars and three yellow squares on the left, and one green bar and one yellow square on the right. After removing common terms, what do we have left? We see that two green bars equal negative two yellow squares. To balance this, we need to add two red squares to both sides. What does this show us about the value of x? That's right, x equals negative 1. How does this method help you understand equations where the solution is a negative number?"

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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 |